Medical Physiology 1

Queensland University of Technology

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Medical Physiology 1

  • Host University

    Queensland University of Technology

  • Location

    Brisbane, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Biomedical Sciences, Dietetics, Nutrition and Food Science, Physiology

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    LSB258 or LSB111 or LSB131 or LSB142 or LSB255 or SCB120

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    This unit deals specifically with the physiological systems that are responsible for the maintenance of health in humans. In the course of the semester students will investigate half the systems that constitute the human body (with the remainder dealt with in the second semester unit Physiology 2 [LQB488]). The unit offers a useful frame of reference for students enrolled in courses such as animal biology, biochemistry, microbiology, molecular biology, nutrition and human movements. Together with Physiology 2 [LQB488] this unit is a prerequisite to the third level unit, Applied Physiology [LQB588] and will be of particular interest to students considering medicine as a postgraduate career option.

    Learning Outcomes
    On completion of this unit, you will be able to:
    1. Understand the functional organisation and integration of some of the major organ systems of the human body.
    2. Understand the mechanisms responsible for the maintenance of health, the physiological basis of some diseases and of some therapeutic strategies.
    3. Be familiar with the experimental approaches employed in physiological investigations.
    4. Be able to demonstrate the methods of scientific inquiry including the importance of observation, data recording, data analysis and critical thinking.
    Online activities and face-to-face lectures will be complemented by weekly formative assessment activities that will allow you to monitor your progress in the subject. Summative assessment will take the form of a mid semester and final examination as well as practical skills tests held at regular intervals during the semester.
    Wherever possible, summative assessment items will be returned for you to review and a marking scheme provided. Following the mid semester exam, a feedback session will be held to provide you with correct answers, examples of common errors and suggestions for improved performance.

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