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PSC2017 : Advanced Systems Physiology: Cardiovascular, Respiratory and Renal

Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 30
ECTS Credits: 15.0

Aims

This module aims to develop knowledge and understanding of the physiology of the cardiovascular, respiratory and renal systems, involving a thorough grounding on the integrated and cellular aspects of behaviour of each system. This incorporates how the three systems co-ordinate to maintain a constant internal environment (including control of blood pressure and acid-base balance) and changes in response to internal and external stimuli. Consideration will be given to changes in structure and function in different physiological conditions, including ageing, exercise and altitude.

Outline Of Syllabus

This module is taught as three strands, and considers:

- The importance of structure and function of heart and blood vessels; excitation-contraction coupling in cardiac and vascular muscle cells; mechanisms regulating cardiac and vascular function; remodelling of excitation-contraction coupling in exercise, ageing, pregnancy and disease states.

- The importance of structure and function in the respiratory system; chemical control of ventilation, including chemoreceptor function; neural and reflex control of ventilation; control, adaptations and remodelling in exercise, altitude, ageing, pregnancy and disease states.

- The importance of structure and function of the kidney; control systems regulating renal function, filtration, urine concentration; central role of the kidney in homeostasis, water balance and whole body acid base balance and their importance in maintaining health; effects of remodelling cardiovascular, respiratory and renal systems on control of whole body acid-base balance and how disturbances may lead to chronic imbalance and impact upon health.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture341:0034:00
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical17:007:00Respiratory Practical Phase 2
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical13:003:00Respiratory Practical Phase 1: Design
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical13:003:00Renal Practical
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical13:003:00Cardiovascular Practical
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching31:003:00Three one hour seminars for the Renal Strand
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching31:003:00Three one hour seminars for the Respiratory Strand
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching21:002:00Two one hour seminars for the Cardiovascular Strand
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study2421:00242:00N/A
Total300:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures provide the core information and an indication on the scope of the course as a basis for guided independent study. The seminar sessions will encourage increased understanding of the material through discussion. Practical classes will provide experience in recording and analysing biological data to support the core knowledge, carrying out scientific calculations, computer-based presentation skills and working as part of a small group. Written exercises will encourage analysis and discrimination of the scientific literature at a deeper level than that presented in lectures, promoting individual creative work and also providing an opportunity to learn through collective study.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Exams
Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1802A7050% EMI, 50% written. Three essay questions to be answered. One from each strand from a possibile choice of three.
Exam Pairings
Module Code Module Title Semester Comment
PSC2026Cardiovascular Systems for Pharmacologists2N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Computer assessment2M5Cardiovascular EMI via blackboard
Practical/lab report2M5Cardiovascular Practical Report, students to answer set questions on practical data
Essay2M6Timed Essay 30 minutes - Respiratory
Practical/lab report2M1Respiratory Practical Design
Practical/lab report2M3Respiratory Practical, students to answer set questions on practical data
Practical/lab report2M5Renal Practical, students to answer set questions on practical data
Written exercise2M5Analysis of Scientific Paper on Renal topic
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The in-course and end of semester EMI examinations assess knowledge and understanding of the course material. The practical assessments will judge the students’ ability to perform experiments, analyse and present experimental data in a scientific manner (using computer-based programs), and to draw appropriate conclusions. The group tasks will also test their ability to work effectively as a team and to develop their scientific thinking using verbal and written communication skills. The analysis of a scientific paper tests skills in critically interpreting and evaluating scientific data. The coursework and examination essays will test the students’ understanding of the material learned in the module, examine their ability to integrate and explore the relationships between the various themes within the module, and test their ability to develop scientific arguments. The coursework timed essay and EMI will also provide experience of examination conditions and provide an opportunity to promote revision, consolidate knowledge and identify areas of weakness in knowledge and understanding.

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