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BIO2118 Human Physiology and Pharmacology 1

Semester 1, 2013 On-campus Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Sciences
School or Department : Biological & Physical Sciences
Version produced : 21 July 2014

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Examiner: Kate Kauter
Moderator: Lindsay Brown


Pre-requisite: BIO1204


This course is the first of five courses in the Biomedical Sciences major that will provide a thorough understanding of the functioning of the human body, the ways in which the various systems interact in both health and disease, and the drugs that are used in the treatment of disease.


This course builds on the foundations obtained in BIO1204 Introduction to Biomedical Sciences. The course will explore key systems such as the gastrointestinal tract, the roles of selected hormones, and the homeostatic changes that occur following stress to the body. The course will provide a solid background in physiology and pharmacology so as to prepare candidates to undertake further advanced studies.


On completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate an understanding of the function of the digestive system (All assessments);
  2. demonstrate an understanding of the ways in which hormones influence the processes of individual cells and whole body systems (All assessments);
  3. demonstrate an understanding of the mechanisms by which the body attempts to restore function following stress (All assessments) ;
  4. demonstrate an understanding of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of selected drugs (All assessments) ;
  5. demonstrate an understanding of the mechanisms of action, therapeutic uses and major adverse effects for drugs used in the treatment of relevant disease states such as gastrointestinal disease, hormonal imbalance and organ stress (All assessments) .


Description Weighting(%)
1. The physiology and pharmacology of the gastrointestinal tract and associated organs 36.00
2. Cellular actions of hormones; the major metabolic hormones; control of hormone secretion. 28.00
3. Analysis of the reactions of the human body to stress, for example exercise, haemorrhage/shock, decreased oxygen concentrations 28.00
4. Communication in Science 8.00

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.
  • Hall JE 2011, Guyton and Hall Textbook of Medical Physiology, 12th edn, Saunders/Elsevier, Philadelphia PA.
  • Marieb, EN Hoehn K 2010, Human anatomy and physiology, 8th edn, Benjamin/Cummings Publishing Co, San Francisco.
  • Marieb, EN Hoehn K 2013, Human anatomy and physiology, 9th edn, Benjamin/Cummings Publishing Co, San Francisco.
  • Martini FH, Nath JL, Bartholomew EF 2012, Fundamental of Anatomy and Physiology, 9th edn, Pearson/ Benjamin/Cummings Publishing Co, San Francisco.
  • Rang HP, Dale MM, Ritter JM, Flower RJ, Henderson G 2012, Pharmacology, 7th edn, Elsevier Health Sciences, Sydney.
  • Silverthorn, DU 2010, Human Physiology, an integrated approach, 5th edn, Pearson/ Benjamin/Cummings Publishing Co, San Francisco.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Examinations 2.00
Online Lectures 26.00
Private Study 118.00
Tutorials 26.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ASSIGNMENT 1 20 20 25 Feb 2013 (see note 1)
ASSIGNMENT 2 20 20 25 Feb 2013 (see note 2)
2HR RESTRICTED EXAMINATION 60 60 End S1 (see note 3)

  1. The examiner will advise the requirements and due dates for assignments.
  2. The examiner will advise the requirements and due dates for assignments.
  3. 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 satisfactorily complete an assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks or a grade of at least C-. Students do not have to satisfactorily complete each assessment item to be awarded a passing grade in this course. Refer to Statement 4 below for the requirements to receive a passing grade in this course.

  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 next examination period.

  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. Harvard (AGPS) is the referencing system required in this course. Students should use Harvard (AGPS) style in their assignments to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The Harvard (AGPS) style to be used is defined by the USQ Library's referencing guide.