• Offered by ANU Medical School
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Medical Science
  • Areas of interest Medicine, Physiology, Neuroscience, Biomedical Science, Health
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • AsPr David Kramer
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in First Semester 2020
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This course is designed to introduce the principles of medical physiology and pharmacology. Topics have been selected to illustrate key scientific principles that underpin the normal function of the healthy human body. Students will be introduced to the major drug classes that act upon important physiological processes. Online learning activities, laboratory demonstrations and practical exercises will be used to illustrate methodologies used to investigate the health of important body systems.

This course is co-taught with undergraduate students but assessed separately.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Discuss the relationship between structure and function in organ systems, with an emphasis on the cardiovascular, respiratory, renal and endocrine systems;
  2. Discuss the hypothalamo-pituitary axis and its role in regulation of homeostasis;
  3. Describe the roles of organs and tissues in homeostasis;
  4. Describe the research methods and outcomes from selected scientific publications related to the course curriculum;
  5. Describe and apply principles of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics;
  6. Identify key targets for pharmacological intervention in the cardiovascular, respiratory, renal and endocrine systems;
  7. Effectively communicate scientific information in written and oral formats.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Online pre-practical assessments (5) [LO 1,2,3]
  2. Lab reports (n=3) (15) [LO 1,2,3]
  3. Take home assessment (5) [LO 1,2,3]
  4. Class test (15) [LO 1,2,3]
  5. Group assignment (10) [LO 4,5,6,7]
  6. Annotated Bibliography (10) [LO 4,7]
  7. Exam (40) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6,6]

In response to COVID-19: Please note that Semester 2 Class Summary information (available under the classes tab) is as up to date as possible. Changes to Class Summaries not captured by this publication will be available to enrolled students via Wattle. 

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The expected workload will consist of approximately 130 hours throughout the semester including:

  • Face-to face component which may consist of 2 hours face to face plus 1-2 hour of online learning activities per week, plus 3 x laboratory and small group tutorials on selected weeks
  • Approximately 70 hours of self-study which will include preparation for lectures, presentations and other assessment tasks.

Inherent Requirements

To be determined

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be currently enrolled in the Master of Neuroscience or Master of Science in Biological Science. This course is incompatible with MEDN2001, BIOL3006, BIOL6001.

Prescribed Texts

Textbook of Medical Physiology Guyton and Hall ISBN-13: 978-1455770052

ISBN-10: 1455770051

Understanding Pathophysiology 3e (Australia and New Zealand Edition) Craft and Gordon eBook ISBN: 9780729586337 Paperback ISBN: 9780729542647

Rang & Dale's Pharmacology, 8th Edition Print Book ISBN :9780702053627 eBook ISBN :9780702054976

Preliminary Reading

References to directed readings will be provided on wattle.


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $4830
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $6420
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3533 24 Feb 2020 02 Mar 2020 08 May 2020 05 Jun 2020 In Person View

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