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.

Our courses that offer this unit of study

Further unit of study information


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


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

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules


[(PHSI2005 or PHSI2905) and (PHSI2006 or PHSI2906)] OR (BMED2401 and BMED2403 and 6 additional credit points of BMED240X)


PHSI3903 or PHSI3908 or PHSI3003 or PHSI3012 or PHSI3912 

Additional Information

It is strongly recommended that students ONLY take PHSI3008 in combination with PHSI3007 or PHSI3907.

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.