Nerve and Muscle (BMED2402)
UNIT OF STUDY
This unit of study begins with a description and analysis of the basic anatomical organization of the musculoskeletal and nervous (central and peripheral) systems. The structure and function of excitable cells, muscle and nerve, will lead to a discussion of membrane potential, synaptic transmission and neuromuscular junction. After consideration of the mechanisms of contraction, the way in which nerve signals are integrated and coordinated are covered in more detail. The receptors involved in normal modes of communications are discussed. This is complemented by discussion of the effects of drugs on the nervous system, with special reference to pain and analgesics. An appreciation is gained of how toxins and infections can disturb the normal neuromuscular coordination. Thus, pharmacological and pathological considerations are studied with relevance to the physiological concepts. Various senses such as vision and hearing are introduced. In practical classes, students perform experiments to illustrate the functioning of motor control, coordination and the senses. In addition, students extend their anatomical and histological expertise by examining prosections and prepared microscope slides. Practical classes also include the effects of analgesics on experimental pain and case studies of tetanus and botulism.
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2 lectures and 2-4 hrs prac/tut per week.
One 2hr theory exam (60%), two in-semester assessments (40%).
Human Physiology: An integrated approach Silverthorn D Pearson/Benjamin Cummings, 6th Edition, 2013; The Anatomy Coloring Book Kapit W and Elson LM Benjamin Cummings, 3rd Edition, 2002; Prescott's Microbiology Willey JM, Sherwood LM and Woolverton CJ McGr
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Prerequisites and assumed knowledge
42 credit points of Junior Bachelor of Medical Science units of study
BIOL2906, BIOL2016, PHSI2906, PHSI2905, ANAT2008, BIOL2916, MICR2021, BCHM2072, MICR2921, ANAT2010, MICR2022, BIOL2006, PHSI2006, NUTR2912, PCOL2011, MICR2922, BMED2806, PHSI2005, NUTR2911, IMMU2101, BCHM2972
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