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    The application of knowledge about human molecular, cellular and systems physiology in understanding physiology and pathophysiology of the human body.

    This paper will be of interest to students who would like to have a deeper understanding of human molecular, cellular and systems physiology of both normal bodily adaptations to extreme situations and dysfunctions underlying specific disease.

    About this paper

    Paper title Physiological Aspects of Health and Disease
    Subject Physiology
    EFTS 0.15
    Points 18 points
    Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $1,173.30
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    PHSL 232 and PHSL 233
    Schedule C

    One of five 300-level papers for Physiology majors.
    Essential paper for Functional Human Biology majors.
    Optional paper for Drugs and Human Health, Infection and Immunity, Molecular Basis of Health and Disease, and Nutrition and Metabolism in Human Health majors.


    Teaching staff

    Convener: Dr Tanya Cully

    Professor Daryl Schwenke
    Dr Tanya Cully

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

    Paper Structure

    The paper will be taught as three modules, each of 8 lectures and 2-3 laboratory sessions. Lecture topics include:

    • Heart failure
    • Skeletal muscle function

    Assessment includes an internal component (including written abstract, a research poster, a written research proposal), 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.

    For further detail please refer to the undergraduate handbooks BSc PHSL or BBiomedSc FUHB, available to download.

    Teaching Arrangements
    You will attend two lectures each week and one 4-hour laboratory session every week.

    Readings consist of original research articles.

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

    Students who successfully complete this paper will:

    • Acquire deep knowledge and understanding of the physiology of selected body systems in normal and dysfunction situations
    • Develop skills in a variety of physiological experimental techniques
    • Develop critical thinking and how to analyse and interpret complex data sets
    • Develop oral and written scientific communication skills


    Semester 1

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Monday 10:00-10:50 9-13, 15-21
    Thursday 10:00-10:50 9-13, 15-16, 18-22


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    Attend one stream from
    A1 Monday 14:00-15:50 9
    Monday 14:00-17:50 11-13, 16-21
    Monday 16:00-17:50 9
    A2 Friday 14:00-15:50 9
    Friday 14:00-17:50 10-12, 15-20
    Friday 16:00-17:50 9
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