- Code MEDN6001
- Unit Value 6 units
- 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
See https://www.anu.edu.au/covid-19-advice. In Sem 1 2022, this course is delivered on campus with adjustments for remote participants.
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.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Discuss the relationship between structure and function in organ systems, with an emphasis on the cardiovascular, respiratory, renal and endocrine systems;
- Discuss the hypothalamo-pituitary axis and its role in regulation of homeostasis;
- Describe the roles of organs and tissues in homeostasis;
- Describe the research methods and outcomes from selected scientific publications related to the course curriculum;
- Describe and apply principles of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics;
- Identify key targets for pharmacological intervention in the cardiovascular, respiratory, renal and endocrine systems;
- Effectively communicate scientific information in written and oral formats.
- Online pre-practical assessments (5) [LO 1,2,3]
- Lab reports (n=3) (15) [LO 1,2,3]
- Take home assessment (5) [LO 1,2,3]
- Class test (15) [LO 1,2,3]
- Group assignment (10) [LO 4,5,6,7]
- Annotated Bibliography (10) [LO 4,7]
- Exam (40) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6,6]
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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.
To be determined
Requisite and Incompatibility
Textbook of Medical Physiology Guyton and Hall ISBN-13: 978-1455770052
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 ReadingReferences to directed readings will be provided on wattle.
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