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PSC2026 : Cardiovascular Systems for Pharmacologists (Inactive)

  • Inactive for Year: 2021/22
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Michele Sweeney
  • Lecturer: Professor Michael Taggart, Dr Christopher Eggett, Dr Tim Cheek
  • Owning School: Biomedical, Nutritional and Sports Scien
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


This module aims to develop knowledge and understanding of the physiology of the cardiovascular system. This includes a thorough grounding on intrinsic and extrinsic factors influencing both cardiac and vascular function, incorporating mechanisms at the integrated systemic level and the cellular level. Consideration will be given to changes in structure and function in different physiological conditions (including ageing) and disease states and to pharmacological control of the cardiac and vascular systems.

Outline Of Syllabus

This module considers:

- 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

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture121:0012:00
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion11:001:00Class tests
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching21:002:00Seminars
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study851:0085:00Private study
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
PSC2020Cardiovascular System Physiology
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. Seminar session will encourage an increased understanding of the material through discussion.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination602A70EMI 60 minutes
Exam Pairings
Module Code Module Title Semester Comment
PSC2020Cardiovascular System Physiology2N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay2M15Timed Essay - 30 minutes
Prob solv exercises2M15EMI 60 minutes, computer based.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The incourse and end of semester EMI examinations assesses knowledge and understanding of the course material. The timed essay will assess writing skills, information literacy skills and ability to write a well-structured essay on a scientific topic under exam conditions.

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