Heart and Circulation: Dysfunction (PHSI3008)


This unit of study complements and should be taken together with PHSI3007, which deals with the normal function of the cardiovascular system. This unit of study focuses on cardiovascular disease which is a major cause of death in western society. Lectures provide the background to understanding (a) the disruption of normal physiological processes, (b) recent advances in cellular and molecular aspects, and (c) the physiological basis of modern approaches to treatment. Examples of diseases covered include: heart failure, heart attack, cardiac hypertrophy, atheroma and hypertension. In the PBL sessions, students will work in small groups with a tutor to further extend their understanding of cellular and molecular mechanisms underpinning cardiovascular disease. Reading lists are organised into specific topics related to a particular problem based learning exercise. Through analysis and discussion of the readings students develop skills necessary for interpreting and communicating science.

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Two 1-hour lectures and two 1-hour PBL sessions per week


One 2-hour exam, PBL presentations (100%)

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Unit of study rules

Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

Except for BMedSc students: (PHSI2005 or PHSI2905) and (PHSI2006 or PHSI2906) plus at least 12 credit points of intermediate Science Units of Study. For BMedSc: 18 credit points of BMED units including (BMED2401 and BMED2403) or (BMED2801 and BMED2802 and

Assumed knowledge: 6 credit points of MBLG


PHSI3903, PHSI3908, PHSI3003

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