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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 0 (NATIONAL PRIORITY), 0.125 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
OfferedSunway First semester 2010 (Day)
Parkville First semester 2010 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Jalal Jazayeri


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 concepts underlying basic biochemistry and molecular biology of the cell, and will then consider in detail the structure and function of the musculoskeletal, nervous, endocrine, and cardiovascular systems. One or more examples of disease states which are amenable to pharmacotherapy will be discussed in detail for each organ/system. Students will perform a number of tasks, which will help with the development of critical thinking skills.

This will involve:

  • Introduction to Physiology
  • Cells and tissues
  • Membranes
  • Introductory Biochemistry
  • Muscle
  • Nervous system
  • Cardiovascular System
  • Endocrinology


At the end of this unit, students can be expected to:

  1. Describe the functioning of a single cell, including the transcription / translation process, energy utilisation, and the role of the major classes of macromolecules;
  2. Describe the structure of each major organ / organ system considered within the course;
  3. Explain the function of each major organ / organ system considered within the course, with reference to the structure;
  4. Explain the physiological basis for the most common disease states to affect each organ / organ system considered within the course;
  5. Analyse simple examples of cellular and organ dysfunction, and be able to explain the likely consequences for the function of the system;
  6. Demonstrate the development of written communication skills appropriate for first year students- explain the pathophysiology for one disease state and one drug treatment associated, relating the drug target to the disease state.


Final exam (2 hour): 70%; practical assessments: 30%.

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Jalal Jazayeri

Contact hours

36 1 hour lectures/whole class tutorials, six 1 hour tutorials, one 3 hour problem based /case based learning session and two 3 hour practical classes

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