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MELS251 Physiology (for BMLSc)

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Further examination of the function of major organ systems of the human body, with relevance to the practice of medical laboratory science.

MELS 251 will build on and extend your understanding of the physiology of the nervous, muscular, cardiovascular, respiratory, renal and gastrointestinal system topics that you were introduced to in HUBS 191 and HUBS 192. The laboratories are designed to complement the practice of medical laboratory science.

Paper title Physiology (for BMLSc)
Paper code MELS251
Subject Medical Laboratory Science
EFTS 0.166
Points 21 points
Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,397.39
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $6,899.46

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Restriction
PHCY 251 or (PHSL 231 and PHSL 232 and PHSL 233) or PHSL 251
Limited to
BMLSc
Eligibility
Essential for the Medical Laboratory Science programme
Contact

Course Convener: Dr Martin Fronius

Teaching staff

Dr Phil Heyward, Dr Karl Iremonger, Dr Zoe Ashley, Dr Adam Ware, Associate Professor Daryl Schwenke, Associate Professor Pete Jones, Dr Andrew Bahn, Toni-Ann Alsop

Teaching staff may change, please check deparmtent website for updated details.

Paper Structure
51 lectures on topics including:
  • Body composition
  • Nerve
  • Muscle
  • Somatic and special senses
  • Pain
  • Higher brain functions
  • Endocrinology
  • Cardiovascular system
  • Respiration
  • Kidney
  • Gastrointestinal system
  • Exercise
  • Temperature regulation
Five laboratories, including self-directed clinical case studies:
  • Cell physiology
  • Nerve and muscle physiology
  • Cardiac cycle
  • Respiratory control
  • Kidney and gut
Teaching Arrangements
4 lectures each week and 5 laboratory sessions, usually on alternate weeks (check timetable to confirm laboratory dates).
Textbooks

Widmaier, Raff, Strang: Vander's "Human Physiology: The Mechanisms of Body Function," 15th edn, McGraw Hill, Inc., New York, 2019.

Course outline
See the Department of Physiology website
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Interdisciplinary perspective, Scholarship, Critical thinking, Ethics, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
Acquired extensive knowledge of the physiology and pathophysiology of body systems.

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Timetable

Semester 1

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
A1 Monday 09:00-09:50 9-13, 15-16, 18-22
AND
B1 Tuesday 09:00-09:50 9-13, 15-22
AND
C1 Wednesday 09:00-09:50 9-13, 15-22
AND
E1 Friday 09:00-09:50 9-12, 15-22

Practical

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
P1 Wednesday 14:00-16:50 9, 11, 18, 20, 22

Further examination of the function of major organ systems of the human body, with relevance to the practice of medical laboratory science.

MELS 251 will build on and extend your understanding of the physiology of the nervous, muscular, cardiovascular, respiratory, renal and gastrointestinal system topics that you were introduced to in HUBS 191 and HUBS 192. The laboratories are designed to complement the practice of medical laboratory science.

Paper title Physiology (for BMLSc)
Paper code MELS251
Subject Medical Laboratory Science
EFTS 0.166
Points 21 points
Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for 2022 have not yet been set
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Restriction
PHCY 251 or (PHSL 231 and PHSL 232 and PHSL 233) or PHSL 251
Limited to
BMLSc
Eligibility

Essential for the Medical Laboratory Science programme.

Contact

251-262@otago.ac.nz
martin.fronius@otago.ac.nz

Teaching staff

Course Co-ordinator: Dr Martin Fronius
Dr Phil Heyward
Dr Karl Iremonger
Dr Zoe Ashley
Dr Adam Ware
Associate Professor Daryl Schwenke
Associate Professor Pete Jones
Dr Andrew Bahn
Dr Toni-Ann Alsop

Note, teaching staff may change, check department website for updates.

Paper Structure

Fifty lectures on topics including:

  • Body composition
  • Nerve
  • Muscle
  • Somatic and special senses
  • Pain
  • Higher brain functions
  • Endocrinology
  • Cardiovascular system
  • Respiration
  • Kidney
  • Gastrointestinal system
  • Exercise
  • Temperature regulation

Five laboratories, including self-directed clinical case studies:

  • Cell physiology
  • Nerve and muscle physiology
  • Cardiac cycle
  • Respiratory control
  • Kidney and gut
Teaching Arrangements

Four lectures each week and five laboratory sessions, usually on alternate weeks (check timetable to confirm laboratory dates).

Textbooks

Widmaier, Raff, Strang: Vander's "Human Physiology: The Mechanisms of Body Function," 15th edn, McGraw Hill, Inc., New York, 2019.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Interdisciplinary perspective, Scholarship, Critical thinking, Ethics, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this paper will have acquired extensive knowledge of the physiology and pathophysiology of body systems.

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Timetable

Semester 1

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
A1 Monday 09:00-09:50 9-15, 18-22
AND
B1 Tuesday 09:00-09:50 9-15, 17-22
AND
C1 Wednesday 09:00-09:50 9-15, 17-22
AND
E1 Friday 09:00-09:50 9-14, 17-22

Practical

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
P1 Wednesday 14:00-16:50 11, 13, 18, 20, 22