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Hormones, Kidney and Reproduction - BMED2406

Year - 2018

This unit of study examines hormonal regulation of human body functions, including metabolism, growth and development, tissue function, and mood. Specifically, students will investigate the structure and function of endocrine glands, such as the pituitary, adrenal, thyroid and pancreas, at the cellular and gross anatomical level. The fundamentals of the feedback systems which are mediated via the hypothalamus and pituitary gland are discussed, in particular, the adrenal, gonadal and thyroid axes. Students will then cover the structure and function of the renal system at both the cellular and gross anatomical level. The fundamental homeostatic processes of the kidney, such as electrolyte, water and acid-base regulation of extracellular fluid, are explored. This unit of study also gives an introduction to the reproductive system, at both the anatomical and histological levels. The hormones involved in reproduction, contraception, fertilization and pregnancy are discussed, leading on to an overview of pharmacological interventions in contraception. In the practical classes, students will investigate the structure and function of the endocrine glands, will perform a glucose tolerance test to investigate how glucose levels are regulated, and will undertake investigation of the effects of diuretics. In addition, sessions are designed to nurture oral presentation skills, hypothesis testing and data analysis.

2 lec, 1 tut

One 2hr theory exam (60%), two in-semester assessments (40%)

Textbook of Biochemistry with Clinical Correlations Devlin TM John Wiley and Sons Inc., 7th Edition, 2011; The Anatomy Coloring Book Kapit W and Elson LM Benjamin Cummings, 4th Edition, 2015; Gray's Anatomy for Students Drake RL, Vogl W and Mitchell AWM Elsevier, 3rd Edition 2014; Histology: A text and Atlas Ross MH and Pawlina W Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins, 7th Edition, 2015; Human Physiology: An Integrated Approach Silverthorn D Pearson/Benjamin Cummings, 6th Edition, 2013; Medical Pharmacology at a Glance Neal MJ Blackwell Science, 7th Edition, 2012; Rang and Dale's Pharmacology Rang HP, Dale MM, Ritter JM, Flower RJ and Henderson G Churchill Livingstone, 8th Edition, 2015.


30 credit points from [12cp from CHEM1XXX and 12cp from MATH1XXX and 12cp from (BIOL1XXX, MBLG1XXX)]


ANAT2008 or ANAT2010 or ANAT2011 or ANAT2910 or BCHM2072 or BCHM2972 or BIOL2006 or BIOL2016 or BIOL2906 or BIOL2916 or BMED2805 or IMMU2101 or MICR2021 or MICR2022 or MICR2921 or MICR2922 or NUTR2912 or NUTR2911 or PCOL2011 or PHSI2005 or PHSI2006 or PHSI2905 or PHSI2906


Faculty: Medicine and Health

Semester 2

30 Jul 2018

Department/School: Physiology
Study Mode: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Census Date: 31 Aug 2018
Unit of study level: Intermediate
Credit points: 6.0
EFTSL: 0.125
Available for study abroad and exchange: No
Faculty/department permission required? No
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Unit of Study coordinator: Dr Tara Speranza
HECS Band: 2
Courses that offer this unit

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