Cardiovascular and Respiratory Systems (BMED2403)


This unit of study focus is on the cardiovascular and respiratory systems and the many homeostatic processes responsible for the maintenance of constant conditions in the human body. The structure and function of the cardiovascular system is discussed and cardiac output, blood pressure and blood flow are studied. This is complemented by discussion of cardiovascular pathology and pharmacological intervention.

Discussion of the respiratory system includes the structure of the respiratory organs, the mechanics of breathing, control of respiration, and description of the mechanism of gas exchange. Specifically, the actions of drugs for asthma are discussed and the pathology of obstructive versus restrictive airways disease examined. The unit of study then extends the students learning to pathogenic microbes involved in infectious diseases of the respiratory system.

Practical classes are designed to nurture the same generic attributes taught in BMED2401 and BMED2402 but, in addition, students are introduced to a wider range of technical skills.

Further unit of study information


2 lec, 1 tut & 1 prac/wk


One 2hr theory exam (60%), two in-semester assessments (40%)


Human Physiology: An integrated approach Silverthorn D Pearson/Benjamin Cummings, 6th Edition, 2013; Clinically Oriented Anatomy Moore KL and Dalley AF Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins, 6th edition, 2009; The Anatomy Coloring Book Kapit W and Elson LM Benjamin Cummings, 3rd Edition, 2002; Histology: A text and Atlas Ross MH and Pawlina W Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins, 6th Edition, 2010; Medical Pharmacology at a Glance Neal MJ Blackwell Science, 7th Edition, 2012; Rang and Dale's Pharmacology Rang HP, Dale MM, Ritter JM, Flower RJ and Henderson G Churchill Livingstone, 7th Edition, 2012

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules

Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

42 credit points of Junior Bachelor of Medical Science units of study


Any one of (BMED2803, BIOL2006, BIOL2016, BIOL2906, BIOL2916, IMMU2101, ANAT2008, ANAT2010, PCOL2011, PHSI2005, PHSI2006, PHSI2905, PHSI2906, BCHM2072, BCHM2972, MICR2021, MICR2022, MICR2921, MICR2922, NUTR2911, NUTR2912)

Study this unit outside a degree

Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.