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PHSI3912: Frontiers in Physiology (Advanced)

The aim of this unit is to highlight the latest advances that underpin our understanding of human physiology. PHSI3912 contains modules that focus on selective topics. Each topic will be explored indepth and students will get a comprehensive view of the research that is driving the frontiers of our knowledge and revealing the fundamental mechanisms that lead to human disease.

Code PHSI3912
Academic unit Department of Medical Sciences
Credit points 6
A WAM of 70 and a mark of 70 or above in [(PHSI2X05 and PHSI2X06) or (PHSI2X07 or MEDS2001) or 12 cp from (BMED2402 or BMED2403 or BMED2404 or BMED2406)]

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

  • LO1. describe the physiological systems that maintain normal tissue function and have implications for the physiology of the body during disease
  • LO2. provide examples explaining how genetic and other abnormalities can alter the normal physiology of such systems
  • LO3. explain how mutations in genes important in regulating elements of whole-body physiology result in specific symptoms of diseases
  • LO4. apply your understanding of normal cellular and molecular function to explain current treatments for disease
  • LO5. search for information from scientific journals, synthesise data and use the knowledge obtained to answer specific questions in cellular physiology and pathophysiology of human diseases that you are studying
  • LO6. work as part of a team to plan and organise scientific experiments and confidently communicate your scientific findings
  • LO7. understand the principles underlying commonly used experimental methods in whole-body physiology
  • LO8. synthesise relevant findings from original research articles
  • LO9. work cooperatively in organising and sharing intellectual tasks with your group members to construct and present a coherent talk or presentation that explains the current findings in a given research field
  • LO10. design and interpret cellular biological experiments to investigate a problem
  • LO11. design and apply electrophysiological analysis to a living tissue preparation and interpreting and presenting your own experimental results in terms of the underlying theory.