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BIO3102 Human Pathophysiology

Semester 1, 2019 Online
Short Description: Human Pathophysiology
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Health and Wellbeing
Student contribution band : Band 2
ASCED code : 069900 - Other Health
Grading basis : Graded


Examiner: Eliza Whiteside


Pre-requisite: BIO2118 and BIO2218


This course builds on students’ learning from second year courses in Physiology and Pharmacology and provides a comprehensive exploration understanding of changes in the functioning of the human body in disease states as well as the treatments that are used to cure disease or limit disease impact.


BIO3102 Human Pathophysiology provides a detailed exploration of the aetiology (causes), progression and treatment of some of the most common diseases affecting today's society. In addition to describing contemporary approaches to diagnosing and treating disease, the course will also explore emerging diagnostic technologies and treatments.


On completion of this course students will be able to:

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


Description Weighting(%)
1. Pathophysiology and treatment of common disease states. 60.00
2. Scientific literacy and communication 40.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (

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.
Kumar V, Abbas AK & Fausto N 2015, Robbins and Cotran: pathologic basis of disease, 9th edn, Elsevier Saunders, Philadelphia.
Marieb, EN, Hoehn, K 2018, Human anatomy and physiology, 11th edn, Benjamin/Cummings Publishing Co, San Francisco.
Martini, FH 2017, Fundamentals of anatomy and physiology, 11th edn, Benjamin Cummings, San Francisco.
Rang HP, Dale MM, Ritter JM, Flower RJ, Henderson G 2016, Rang & Dale's Pharmacology, 8th edn, Elsevier Health Sciences, Sydney.
Other suitable references will be cited in the directed study material.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Directed Study 26.00
Examinations 2.00
Online Lectures 26.00
Private Study 111.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
Assignment 1 20 20 27 Feb 2019 (see note 1)
Assignment 2 20 20 27 Feb 2019 (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.

  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 obtain at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course (i.e. the Primary Hurdle), and have satisfied the Secondary Hurdle (Supervised), i.e. the end of semester examination by achieving at least 40% of the weighted marks available for that assessment item.

    Supplementary assessment may be offered where a student has undertaken all of the required summative assessment items and has passed the Primary Hurdle but failed to satisfy the Secondary Hurdle (Supervised), or has satisfied the Secondary Hurdle (Supervised) but failed to achieve a passing Final Grade by 5% or less of the total weighted Marks.

    To be awarded a passing grade for a supplementary assessment item (if applicable), a student must achieve at least 50% of the available marks for the supplementary assessment item as per the Assessment Procedure (point 4.4.2).

  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 only allowed to access specific materials during a Restricted Examination. The only materials that candidates may use in the restricted examination for this course are:
    i. writing materials (non-electronic and free from material which could give the student an unfair advantage in the examination);
    ii. 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;
    iii. 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