PSC1012 - Physiology II - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences


Dr Jennifer Short

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2017 (Day)


Previously coded PSC1082


This unit builds and extends on concepts learnt in PSC1011 Physiology I. Whole body systems will be considered, and examples of disease states which are amenable to pharmacotherapy will be discussed in detail. The subject aims to provide an overview of the functions of the respiratory, digestive and urinogenital systems; an equal emphasis will be placed on one of the key components of drug discovery and the choice of therapeutic target based on a thorough understanding of the disease process.

This will involve the study of:

  • special senses
  • respiratory system
  • urogenital system
  • digestive system
  • focus on disease.


At the end of this unit students will be able to:

  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. Explain 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. Analyse simple examples organ dysfunction, and be able to explain the likely consequences for the function of the system.


Final exam (2 hour): 50%; online quizzes: 15%; oral presentation: 10%; practical work: 20%; in-class assessments 5%.

Workload requirements

Contact hours for on-campus students:

  • Twenty four 1-hour lectures
  • Four x 1- hour introductory practicals
  • Four x 3-hour practicals

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