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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.
|Paper title||Physiological Aspects of Health and Disease|
|Teaching period||Semester 1 (On campus)|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$1,110.75|
|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.
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- Teaching staff
Convener: Associate Professor Kirk Hamilton
Lecturers: Associate Professor Daryl Schwenke
Associate Professor Jeff Erickson
Associate Professor Kirk Hamilton
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:
- Potassium channelopathies
- Heart failure
- Skeletal muscle function
Assessment includes an internal component (including presentation of a research poster, a written research proposal), a group poster 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.
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,
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- 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