Human Cellular Physiology (Ad): Research (PHSI3906)

UNIT OF STUDY

This unit of study complements, and should be taken together with PHSI3905. PHSI3906 focuses deeply upon certain areas of cellular physiology that have particular relevance to human health and disease. In the problem-based learning (PBL) sessions groups of students work together with the support of a tutor to develop and communicate an understanding of mechanism underlying the physiology and patho-physiology of disorders such as prostate cancer and neuromuscular disorders. Each problem runs over three weeks with two small group meetings per week. Reading lists are structured to help address written biomedical problems. Lectures provide advice on how to interpret scientific data of the type found in the research papers. Advanced students will take an extended practical class program. The additional practical problem will emphasize experimental design and interpretation in cell culture studies. Collectively, the PBL, lectures and practical classes aim to begin to develop skills and outlook needed to deal with newly emerging biomedical science. Please see the Physiology website for details of mentored Advanced research topics.

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Further unit of study information

Classes

Two small group PBL and one 1-hour lecture per week; one 3-hour practical in some weeks.

Assessment

One 1.5-hour exam (56%), PBL assessments by oral presentations and paper summaries (14%), advanced practical class assessment tasks (30%).

Textbooks

Alberts, B. Molecular Biology of the Cell. 5th edition. Garland Science.

Faculty/department permission required?

Yes

Unit of study rules

Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

Students enrolling in this unit should have a WAM of at least 70. Except for BMedSc students: (PHSI2005 or PHSI2905) and (PHSI2006 or PHSI2906). For BMedSc: 18 credit points of BMED at Credit average including (BMED2401 and BMED2402) or (BMED2801 and BMED

Assumed knowledge: 6 credit points of MBLG

Prohibitions

PHSI3006, PHSI3004, PHSI3904

Corequisites

PHSI3905

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