BMS330 Medical Physiology (8)

Examines in detail three major areas of medical physiology. Each area draws together systems physiology and describes the pathophysiology, assessment and treatment options. The emphasis is on how to utilise an understanding of these areas in clinical applications.

Subject Outlines
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No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2019.

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Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Biomedical Sciences

Assumed Knowledge
BMS128 or BMS130
Incompatible Subjects

BMS302, BMS309

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to describe the characteristics, transport and mode of action of hormones;
  • identify different types of receptors;
  • explain the up or down regulation of receptors;
  • understand the clinical assessment of hormones in endocrine pathophysiology (eg. diabetes, infertility, hyperthyroidism) and the basis of their therapies;
  • discuss hormone abuse and its sideeffects;
  • describe the inflammatory response and process of tissue repair;
  • understand the pathophysiology of selected cardiovascular disorders;
  • discuss the basis for diagnosis and treatment of hypertension, arrhythmias, cardiac failure, myocardial infarction, pulmonary embolism and cerebrovascular accident;
  • utilise appropriate terminology to discuss the basis of clinical oncology;
  • understand the processes of neoplasia and metastasis;
  • describe the diagnosis, staging and clinical assessment of tumours; and
  • discuss conventional and novel therapeutic strategies covering chemotherapy, radiotherapy, targeting, hyperthermia and surgery.


This subject will cover the following topics:

The syllabus will cover the following topics: Endocrinology Module * Overview of endocrinology * Hormone action * Control of the endocrine system * The hypothalamus and pituitary glands * Thyroid hormones * Adrenal hormones * Pancreatic hormones * Reproductive endocrinology of the male * Reproductive endocrinology of the female * Endocrinology of pregnancy Cardiovascular Pathology Module * Acute and chronic inflammatory response * Resolution and repair after tissue injury * Pathophysiology of cardiovascular disorders concentrating on aetiology, diagnosis and treatment of cardiac dysfunction and vascular disease, including pulmonary embolism Oncological Science Module * Neoplasia * Treatment * Tumour diversity * New technologies


Current Students

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Prospective Students

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The information contained in the 2019 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: September 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.