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BMC2071 - Physiology

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Victorian College of Pharmacy

Leader: Paul White


Parkville First semester 2007 (Day)


This unit lays a foundation of knowledge about mammalian systems and provides the relationship between pathophysiology and the rational design and use of drugs. Students will be introduced to the physiological basis of disease. Each organ and system will be considered, and one or more examples of disease states which are amenable to pharmacotherapy will be discussed in detail. The course aims to provide a basic understanding of the functions of each organ and system, however an equal emphasis will be placed on one of the key components of drug discovery, the choice of therapeutic target based on a thorough understanding of the disease process.


  1. Describe the structure of each major organ / organ system considered within the course.
  2. Explain the function of each major organ / organ system considered within the course.
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of the physiological basis for the most common disease states to affect each organ / organ system considered within the course.
  4. Provide a detailed explanation of the rationale for the use of at least one drug therapy for each organ / organ system considered within the course, relating the drug target to the disease state.
  5. Research a topic in the area of physiology, and present the findings of such research to peers at an appropriate scientific level
  6. Demonstrate competence in the basic skills required to conduct physiological experiments; dissection, recognition of major structures, recording and interpretation of data.


Examination: 60% (2 hours), Practical work & other assessment tasks 40%.