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Unit information: Cardiovascular System in Health and Disease in 2016/17

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Unit name Cardiovascular System in Health and Disease
Unit code PHPH30020
Credit points 20
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Professor. Paton
Open unit status Not open
Pre-requisites

PHPH20009: Neurophysiology, PHPH20010: Developmental Physiology of the Specialized Cell, PHPH20008: Integrative Physiology

Co-requisites

None

School/department School of Physiology, Pharmacology & Neuroscience
Faculty Faculty of Life Sciences

Description

Students will study advanced topics in cardiovascular system physiology through a series of seminars. Examples of the topics covered include the cellular basis of muscle contraction, cell locomotion and the role of cell migration in wound healing. The unit aims to develop an integrated understanding of key concepts in cardiovascular system physiology including:

  • The normal and abnormal regulation of blood pressure
  • The pathogenesis and treatment of artherosclerosis
  • Clinical aspects of congenital heart disease and its treatment
  • Factors affecting pulmonary blood flow
  • How the normal and abnormal regulation of angiogenesis contribute to health and disease

Intended learning outcomes

  • An in-depth knowledge and critical understanding of selected aspects of cardiovascular system physiology, with an ability to keep up-to-date with recent developments in the field.
  • The ability to gather information from the primary scientific literature and to critically evaluate the material and appraise competing theories.
  • The ability to apply an integrated understanding of cardiovascular physiology in experimental and clinical contexts.

Teaching details

Seminars

Assessment Details

The unit will be assessed through one 3-hour summative examination in May/June, which consists of two sections. In section A (50%), students will be expected to answer one essay question from a choice of 3, which will assess their knowledge and critical understanding of the field, and their ability to gather information from the primary scientific literature. In section B (50%), students will be expected to answer one multi-part compulsory question requiring the critical analysis of a scientific paper, which will assess their ability to critically evaluate material and apply their knowledge to experimental or clinical contexts. This is preceded by a formative paper review exercise in November using the same format.

Reading and References

Reviews and key references from the current scientific literature

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