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BIO3323 Human Physiology and Pharmacology in Disease 2

Semester 2, 2012 On-campus Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Sciences
School or Department : Biological & Physical Sciences
Version produced : 30 December 2013

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Examiner: Lindsay Brown
Moderator: Kate Kauter


Pre-requisite: BIO3313 or equivalent


The aim of this course is to enhance the studentís understanding of the changes in human physiology and pharmacology in common human disease states.


This course builds on the foundations obtained in the course BIO3313. The course will allow students to discuss the changes caused by disease states in humans, focussing on disease epidemiology, nature, diagnosis and control.


On completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. give an overview of examples of major clinical diseases;
  2. demonstrate an understanding of methods available for the diagnosis and characterisation of human disease;
  3. demonstrate skills and knowledge required to perform laboratory experiments safely with appropriate equipment, including molecular and conventional physiological and pharmacological apparatus, computer software and hardware for data acquisition and analysis;
  4. demonstrate skills required for the preparation and submission of a detailed laboratory report;
  5. demonstrate skills required for the preparation and submission of a detailed group investigative report.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Neurological disease 20.00
2. Cancer 20.00
3. Reproductive disorders 20.00
4. Obesity and diabetes 20.00
5. Drug addiction 20.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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  • There are no texts or materials required for this course.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
  • Rang HP, Dale MM, Ritter JM, Flower RJ 2007, Rang and Daleís Pharmacology, 6th edn, Churchill Livingstone/Elsevier, Elsevier.
  • Rang HP, Dale MM, Ritter JM, Flower RJ, Henderson G 2012, Rang and Daleís Pharmacology, 7th edn, Churchill Livingstone, Elsevier.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Examinations 2.00
Laboratory or Practical Classes 30.00
Lectures 26.00
Private Study 114.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
GROUP ASSIGNMENT 30 30 17 Jul 2012 (see note 1)
PROJECT REPORTS 20 20 17 Jul 2012 (see note 2)
PARTA OF CLOSED EXAMINATION MC 75 30 End S2 (see note 3)
PARTB OF CLOSED EXAMINATION 45 20 End S2 (see note 4)

  1. Examiner to advise the end of semester due date for Project Reports and Group Assignment.
  2. Examiner to advise the end of semester due date for Project Reports and Group Assignment.
  3. Examination dates will be available during the Semester. Please refer to the examination timetable when published.
  4. Examination dates will be available during the Semester. Please refer to the examination timetable when published.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures, tutorials, laboratories and practical work) scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration. To maximize their chances of satisfying the objectives of the practical component of the course, students should attend and actively participate in the laboratory sessions in the course.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To complete each of the assessment items satisfactorily, students must obtain at least 50% of the marks available for each assessment item.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    If students submit assignments after the due date without (prior) approval of the examiner then a penalty of 5% of the total marks gained by the student for the assignment may apply for each working day late up to ten working days at which time a mark of zero may be recorded. No assignments will be accepted after model answers have been posted.

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the weighted aggregate of the marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    Candidates are allowed access only to specific materials during a Restricted Examination. The only materials that candidates may use in the restricted examination for this course are: writing materials (non-electronic and free from material which could give the student an unfair advantage in the examination); calculators which cannot hold textual information (students must indicate on their examination paper the make and model of any calculator(s) they use during the examination). Students whose first language is not English, may, take an appropriate unmarked nonelectronic translation dictionary (but not technical dictionary) into the examination. Dictionaries with any handwritten notes will not be permitted. Translation dictionaries will be subject to perusal and may be removed from the candidate's possession until appropriate disciplinary action is completed if found to contain material that could give the candidate an unfair advantage.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Any Deferred or Supplementary examinations for this course will be held during the examination period in Semester 3 of the current academic year.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. In order to attend laboratory classes, students must provide and wear appropriate personal protective equipment. This shall include a laboratory coat, closed in shoes, and safety glasses. Such equipment must be approved by supervising staff. Failure to provide and wear the appropriate safety equipment will result in students being excluded from classes.

  2. Students who, for medical, family/personal, or employment-related reasons, are unable to complete an assignment or to sit for an examination at the scheduled time may apply to defer an assessment in a course. Such a request must be accompanied by appropriate supporting documentation. One of the following temporary grades may be awarded IDS (Incomplete-Deferred Examination); IDM (Incomplete Deferred Make-up); IDB (Incomplete - Both Deferred Examination and Deferred Make-up).

  3. The due date for an assignment is the date by which a student must despatch the assignment to the USQ. The onus is on the student to provide proof of the despatch date, if requested by the Examiner. Students must retain a copy of each item submitted for assessment. If requested by the Examiner, students will be required to provide a copy of assignments submitted for assessment purposes. Such copies should be despatched to USQ within 24 hours of receipt of a request being made. The examiner of a course may grant an extension of the due date of an assignment in extenuating circumstances.