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PHSL344 Cardiovascular Physiology

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.

Paper title Cardiovascular Physiology
Paper code PHSL344
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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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

Lecturers: Associate Professor Pete Jones

Associate Professor Rajesh Katarea

Dr Megan Leask

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 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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Semester 2

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