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PHSI3010: Systems Physiology

This unit of study will focus on the complex integration of key physiological processes important for basic body functions and for maintaining homeostasis. The approach to learning involves lectures, online activities, practicals and assessments designed to help you practice, solidify and integrate key concepts. As a final year Medical Science subject, assessments are designed for you to practice skills for entering postgraduate vocations including 1. Stakeholder engagement, 2. Research and 3. Clinical applications. The Unit is divided into three modules: 1. Muscle and Nerve: Explore a top down approach of the function and cellular makeup of the nervous system and muscle and their interaction in addition to nervous system control of organs in order to undertake activities of daily living. Practical classes will have you apply your physiology knowledge to undertake assessments commonly used in a clinical settings in the field neuromuscular pathologies. 2. Cardiovascular Physiology: Explore important cellular and mechanical forces which play a role in physiological organ function. Lectures will provide insight into the links between tissue structure and function of the major mechanical systems, focusing on the cardiovascular system. Practical classes will apply key principles in a wet lab setting and seminar sessions with practicing researchers will be provided for you to engage with leaders in the field. 3. Developmental Biology: This module will provide an introduction to developmental biology and regenerative medicine. The learning activities aim to equip you with a foundation of key concepts to understand classical approaches used in modern developmental biology and regenerative medicine and, begin building skills to enhance your critical thinking to interrogate diverse aspects of modern biology. Assessments and practicals are designed to help you build these inquisitory skills and begin formulating scientific investigations to test your hypotheses.

Code PHSI3010
Academic unit Department of Medical Sciences
Credit points 6
(PHSI2X05 and PHSI2X06) or (PHSI2X07 or MEDS2001) or [BMED2401 and an additional 12cp from (BMED2402 or BMED2403 or BMED2405 or BMED2406)] or [12cp from (BCMB2X02 or BIOL2X29 or GEGE2X01)]

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. Understand and communicate effectively key physiological principles relating to muscles, nerves, the cardiovascular system and reproduction/development
  • LO2. Describe key physiological principles involved in maintenance of effective motor control, cardiovascular physiology and reproduction/development
  • LO3. Compare and contrast pathological data to data taken from a healthy population
  • LO4. Apply physiology knowledge to understand diseases of the muscles, nerves, cardiovascular system and in reproduction/development
  • LO5. Collaborate with peers to understand and communicate with stakeholders (community, clinical populations and researchers) about physiological principles pertaining to muscles, nerve, cardiovascular physiology and reproduction/development.
  • LO6. Interpret research data and develop research inquiry skills in relation to systems physiology
  • LO7. Reflect on activities, learning and outcomes to formulate a plan for future studies

Unit outlines

Unit outlines will be available 1 week before the first day of teaching for the relevant session.