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PHSL232 Cardiovascular and Respiratory Physiology

An exploration of cardiovascular and respiratory function and integration. Examples taken from health and disease (exercise, cardiovascular/lung disease and sleep apnea) to illustrate the principles of function and integration.

PHSL 232 will build on and extend the cardiovascular and respiratory system topics introduced in HUBS 192.

Paper title Cardiovascular and Respiratory Physiology
Paper code PHSL232
Subject Physiology
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Semester 2 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,141.35
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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HUBS 191 and HUBS 192 and two of BIOC 192, CELS 191, CHEM 191, PHSI 191
MELS 251, PHCY 251, PHSL 251, PHTY 251
Recommended Preparation
PHSL 231
Schedule C

Essential for Physiology and Functional Human Biology majors.

Teaching staff

Convener: Associate Professor Pete Jones

Lecturers: Dr Michelle Munro

Associate Professor Rajesh Katare

Professor Alison Heather

Associate Professor Regis Lamberts

Associate Professor Pete Jones

Please note: Teaching staff maybe subject to change.

Paper Structure

The lecture blocks will focus on:

  • Structure and specialised function of the heart and vasculature network
  • The respiratory system
  • Integration of cardiovascular and respiratory control during exercise
  • Understanding the pathophysiology of diseases associated with the cardiovascular system

Six laboratories will give you skills in a range of techniques:

  • Electrocardiogram (ECG)
  • Different phases of the cardiac cycle
  • Control of blood flow
  • Determinants of ventilatory control
  • Assessing lung function
  • Cardio-respiratory responses to exercise


  • Internal assessment (40%) comprises two evening progress tests
  • Final examination comprises 60% of the final grade
Teaching Arrangements
You will attend 2 or 3 lectures each week and a laboratory session on alternate weeks.

The primary textbook for this paper is 'Berne & Levy Physiology', 7th edn, 2018, eds. Koeppen & Stanton.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Critical thinking, Ethics, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this paper will:

  • Acquire extensive knowledge of the physiology of cardiovascular and respiratory systems
  • Master recording, measurement, and analysis of various human physiological parameters
  • Develop an understanding of ethics in physiology

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Semester 2

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Monday 09:00-09:50 28-33, 36-41
Tuesday 09:00-09:50 28-34, 36-40
Wednesday 09:00-09:50 29, 31, 33, 36, 38, 40


Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
A1 Monday 14:00-16:50 30, 32, 34, 37, 39, 41
A2 Thursday 14:00-16:50 30, 32, 34, 37, 39, 41
A3 Friday 14:00-16:50 30, 32, 34, 37, 39, 41