Integrated Endocrinology

University of Queensland

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Integrated Endocrinology

  • Host University

    University of Queensland

  • Location

    Brisbane, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Human Biology

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    BIOM2012

    This course requires additional faculty approval for entry.

  • Course Level Recommendations

    Upper

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    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

    2
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    6
  • Overview

    Course Description
    An advanced course providing an integrated approach to the biochemistry, molecular biology, physiology, pathology and pharmacology of the endocrine system. Secretion & physiological roles of blood-borne & local hormonal mediators. Molecular signalling systems and other mechanisms used by hormones to regulate cell growth, metabolism, reproduction and other functions. Consequences of and treatments for defects in the endocrine system illustrated with clinical disorders that affect many people world-wide, such as those arising from obesity.
     
     
    Learning Objectives
    After successfully completing this course you should be able to:
    1. demonstrate an understanding of the role of hormones in maintaining homeostasis.
    2. demonstrate an understanding of the molecular regulation of metabolic processes and its impact upon cell, tissue and whole body function.
    3. appreciate the role of hormonal and metabolic dysfunction in diseases of current major concern, e.g. diabetes, the metabolic syndrome, cardiovascular disease, infertility.
    4. develop skills in written scientific communication, including comprehension of research articles.
    5. develop critical thinking, and practical skills in the acquisition, analysis, interpretation and presentation of scientific data.
     
    Class Contact
    3 Lecture hours, 3 Contact hours
     
     
    Assessment
    Anatomy of Endocrine Organs
    Type: Laboratory Report
    Learning Objectives Assessed: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
    Due Date: Throughout Semester
    Weight: 5%
    Task Description: There is ONE (1) practical session for each practical class for this assessment task. ATTENDANCE IS COMPULSORY. You must attend your registered practical class session ONLY.
    Assessment will take the form of an in class quiz.
     
    You must bring your PPE to complete the class quiz. Students who do not have the required PPE are NOT permitted to enter the laboratory.
     
     
    Analysis of endocrine changes
    Type: Laboratory Report
    Learning Objectives Assessed: 1, 4, 5
    Due Date: Throughout Semester
    Weight: 21%
    Task Description: There are THREE (3) practical sessions, one per week in over a three-week period. ATTENDANCE IS COMPULSORY. You must attend your registered practical class sessions ONLY.
    • Practical session 1: Introduction to ELISA. Validation of hCG by ELISA. Determining the unknown by linear regression. Discussion of experiments and requirements for practicals 2 and 3.
    • Practical session 2: Analysis of hormones and metabolites by ELISA and colourimetric assay.
    • Practical session 3: Collation of class results, interpretation and discussion of the data and requirements for the practical report.
     
     
    Histological assessment of an endocrine organ
    Type: Laboratory Report
    Learning Objectives Assessed: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
    Due Date: Throughout Semester
    Weight: 5%
    Task Description: There is ONE (1) practical session for each practical class for this assessment task. ATTENDANCE IS COMPULSORY. You must attend your registered practical class ONLY.
     
     
    End of Semester exam
    Type: Exam - during Exam Period (Central)
    Learning Objectives Assessed: 1, 2, 3
    Due Date: Examination Period
    Weight: 60%
    Reading: 10 minutes
    Duration: 120 minutes
    Format: Multiple-choice, Short answer, Short essay
    Task Description: A 120 minute exam composed of multiple choice and short answer and short essay questions. The exam will cover each topic in the lecture series. Students must pass the end of semester exam in order to pass the course. Please refer to Section 5.4 of this course profile.
     
     
    Pre-class quiz 1
    Type: Self-directed learning exercise
    Learning Objectives Assessed: 2, 4, 5
    Due Date: Mid Semester
    Weight: 3%
    Task Description: Prior to the interactive lecture, students will need to complete an on line quiz to assess their knoweldge of the assigned material.
     
     
    Pre-class quiz 2
    Type: Self-directed learning exercise
    Learning Objectives Assessed: 2, 4, 5
    Due Date: Mid Semester
    Weight: 3%
    Task Description: Prior to the interactive lecture, students will need to complete an on line quiz/assessment task to assess their knoweldge of the assigned material.
     
     
    Pre-class quiz 3
    Type: Self-directed learning exercise
    Learning Objectives Assessed: 2, 4, 5
    Due Date: Late Semester
    Weight: 3%
    Task Description: Prior to the interactive lecture, students will need to complete an on line quiz to assess their knoweldge of the assigned material.

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