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BIO3102 Human Pathophysiology

Semester 1, 2015 External Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Health and Wellbeing

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Examiner: Guang Bin Liu
Moderator: Eliza Whiteside


Pre-requisite: BIO2118 and BIO2218


This course is the fourth of five courses in the Biomedical Sciences major and will provide a thorough understanding of changes in the functioning of the human body in disease states.


This course builds on BIO2118 Human Physiology and Pharmacology 1 and BIO2218 Human Physiology and Pharmacology 2. The course will develop an understanding of the changes in functioning of the human body in disease states.


On completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the development of disease states such as cancer and liver disease (All assessments);
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the development of pain and changes in fluid balance in diseases (All assessments);
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of the mechanisms of action, therapeutic uses and major adverse effects for drugs used in the treatment of relevant disease states.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Pathophysiology and treatment of disease states such as cancer, liver disease, the development of pain and fluid imbalance 90.00
2. Communication 10.00

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.
  • Braunwald, E 2004, Harrison's principles of internal medicine, 16th edn, McGraw-Hill, New York.
    (CD Package; also available electronically through ebrary (Vol 1-2).)
  • Kumar V, Abbas AK & Fausto N 2009, Robbins and Cotran: pathologic basis of disease, 8th edn, Elsevier Saunders, Philadelphia.
  • Marieb, EN, Hoehn, K 2013, Human anatomy and physiology, 9th edn, Benjamin/Cummings Publishing Co, San Francisco.
  • Martini, FH 2012, Fundamentals of anatomy and physiology, 9th edn, Benjamin Cummings, San Francisco.
  • Rang HP, Dale MM, Ritter JM, Flower RJ, Henderson G 2012, Pharmacology, 7th edn, Elsevier Health Sciences, Sydney.
  • Other suitable references will be cited in the directed study material.

Student workload requirements

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

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
Assignment 1 20 20 04 Mar 2015 (see note 1)
Assignment 2 20 20 04 Mar 2015 (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:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  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:
    In a Restricted Examination, candidates are allowed access to specific materials during the 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 non-electronic 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. //

  2. Students should be aware that the originality of any assignment submitted may be checked by the USQ service, "Turnitin" at <>. The student will be notified if an originality report is required with an assignment and students are encouraged to use Turnitin before submitting any assignment