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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 the structural and molecular basis for heart function and disease.

    About this paper

    Paper title Cardiovascular Physiology
    Subject Physiology
    EFTS 0.15
    Points 18 points
    Teaching period Semester 2 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $1,173.30
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    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

    Convener: Dr Michelle Munro

    Associate Professor Pete Jones
    Associate Professor Rajesh Katare
    Dr Michelle Munro
    Associate Professor Regis Lamberts

    Please note: Teaching staff maybe subject to change.

    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, and may include:

    • The cardiac structure-function relationship and remodelling
    • Signalling in the cardiovascular system
    • Reperfusion injury and role of microRNAs and exosomes 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 consist of internal assessment (which may include: lab reports, lab test, research proposal, research poster 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


    Semester 2

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Monday 09:00-09:50 29-35, 37-42
    Tuesday 09:00-09:50 29-35, 37-42


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Tuesday 14:00-17:50 31, 33, 35, 38
    Wednesday 14:00-17:50 31, 33, 35, 38


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Tuesday 14:00-16:50 29
    Tuesday 14:00-17:50 40
    Wednesday 14:00-17:50 40
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