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PHSL344 Cardiovascular Physiology

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The cardiovascular system during health and disease at molecular, cellular and system levels. Themes are based on research areas of teaching staff.

This paper focuses on cardiovascular function in disease and vascular control and dysfunction in cardiac muscle.

Paper title Cardiovascular Physiology
Paper code PHSL344
Subject Physiology
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,092.15
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $5,314.50

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PHSL 232
Schedule C

One of five 300-level papers for Physiology majors.
Optional paper for Functional Human Biology and Drugs and Human Health majors.

Teaching staff

Course Convener: Dr Jeff Erickson
Lecturers: Associate Professor Regis Lamberts
Dr Jeff Erickson
Associate Professor Pete Jones and guest lecturers.

Note: The teaching staff list may be updated. See the 'more information' link above for details.

Paper Structure

The paper will be taught as several modules, each featuring both lectures and experimental laboratory sessions. Additional laboratory sessions will focus on research presentations and future postgraduate research options. Lecture topics include physiological, cellular and molecular regulation of cardiovascular function, including:

  • Autonomic control and diabetes
  • Signalling in the cardiovascular system
  • Reperfusion injury and role of microRNAs in the cardiovascular system
  • Cellular mechanisms of cardiac muscle disease and dysfunction

Note, lecture topics may vary depending on teaching staff involvement, see Department website for details.

Assessment consists of internal assessment (lab reports, lab test and an oral presentation) and a 3-hour final exam. A mark of at least 45% in the final exam must be attained to pass the paper as a whole.

Teaching Arrangements
You will attend two lectures each week and two 4-hour laboratory sessions every second week (alternating with PHSL 343).

Readings consist of original research articles.

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

Students who successfully complete this paper will

  • Acquire in-depth knowledge and understanding of the physiology of the cardiovascular system in normal and pathophysiological conditions
  • Develop skills in a variety of physiological techniques related to the cardiovascular system
  • Develop oral and written scientific communication skills

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Second Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Monday 09:00-09:50 28-34, 36-41
Tuesday 09:00-09:50 28-34, 36-41


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Tuesday 14:00-17:50 30, 32, 34, 37, 39
Wednesday 14:00-17:50 30, 32, 34, 37, 39


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Tuesday 14:00-16:50 28