PHYSIOL 3000 - Integrative and Applied Systems Physiology
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2014
General Course Information
Course Code PHYSIOL 3000 Course Integrative and Applied Systems Physiology Coordinating Unit Physiology Term Semester 2 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 6 Contact Up to 8 hours per week Prerequisites PHYSIOL 2510 or PHYSIOL 2520 or equivalent Assumed Knowledge PHYSIOL 3001 Course Description Integrative and Applied Systems Physiology is a third year course that consists of lecture and practical streams. This course is designed to challenge and to stimulate your interest in the integration of multiple physiological systems that are necessary for whole body function and its application to human health throughout the lifespan. We will use examples focusing on voluntary and involuntary human movement and the complex integration of the cardiovascular system to enable human function. The research-focused lecture stream offers a series of interrelated modules covering the following main topics: neural control of movement, cardiovascular health and disease, gastrointestinal physiology and the pathophysiology of pain. The research practical stream, Physiology in Action, involves a hands-on research project supervised by trained researchers and suported by a series of workshops which are designed to develop your research skill base, including analysis and interpretation of results and to improve skills related to communicating results. Students will be given the opportunity to read widely in chosen areas of the course and to review some research areas. Small-group discussion of specific research papers and research topics will be an important part of Physiology in Action.
Course Coordinator: Professor Joanne BowenCourse Coordinator: Dr Joanne Bowen
Practical Coordinator: David Wilson
Phone: +61 8 8313 3193
Location: Room S523, Medical School South, Frome Rd.
Student Services Office Contact: Ryan Rosner
Phone: +61 8 8313 5571
Location: Medical Sciences, Student Services Office, Level 1, Medical School North
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes
1 Display integrated knowledge of physiological processes in diverse systems related to human health and disease, in particular the cardiovascular, respiratory, bone marrow, neurological and gastrointestinal systems. 2 Critically evaluate and synthesise scientific information related to health research 3 Assemble and communicate research findings in advanced written and spoken formats 4 Demonstrate technical competence and professional conduct in a research laboratory environment 5 Be able to explain major concepts in physiology and use this knowledge to interpret case studies of human disease
University Graduate Attributes
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s) Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1, 3-5 The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 1-3, 5 An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 2-3 Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 3-4 A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 4 An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 4
Required ResourcesIn Integrative and Applied Systems Physiology, there are no required textbooks. The material covered is derived from reviews and original articles in the scientific literature, and you will be directed to the relevant resources at the appropriate time.
Recommended ResourcesWe recommend that you hold on to whatever basic physiology text that you used in second year to use as a basic reference.
Online LearningTextual and audio-visual material will be provided online regularly through MyUni to assist with learning of topics covered in lectures as well as assessment preparation. In addition, a number of lectures will be delivered entirely online. As such, students are reminded to view MyUni often throughout the semester as it is assumed that information that is posted there will be read by all students.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesIntegrative and Applied Systems Physiology consists of lectures, lectorials, tutorials and a practical stream. The research-focused lectures offer a series of inter-related modules covering the following main topics: cardiovascular and respiratory health and disease, gastrointestinal and endocrine signalling, neuroimmunology and bone marrow physiology, delivered by successful and active medical researchers. Revision lectorials and tutorials support material covered in lectures as well as develop problem-solving skills. The research practical stream, Physiology in Action, involves a hands-on research project supervised by experienced researchers in an active research laboratory and is supported by a series of workshops which are designed to develop research skills, including analysis, interpretation and communication of results.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.A full-time student should expect to spend, on average, a total of 48 hours per week on their studies. This includes both the formal contact time required for the course (e.g. lectures, tutorials, practicals), as well as non-contact time (e.g. reading and revision, assignment preparation). Integrative and Applied Systems Physiology is a 6 unit course. As such, the expected workload will on average be 24 hours per week, including up to 9 contact hours per week.
Learning Activities Summary
Week Topic Lecture Week 1 Gastrointestinal Introduction and GI signalling Week 2 Gastrointestinal Secretion and absorption Week 3 Gastrointestinal Cell growth, repair and death pathways Week 4 Bone marrow Normal and pathological blood cell production Week 5 Neuro-immune Pain Week 6 Neuro-immune Psychoneuroimmunology Week 7 Neuro-immune Neuroimmunophysiology Week 8 Respiratory Cases: Snap, crackle and pop Week 9 Vascular Cases: Integrated cardiovascular Week 10 Vascular Cases: Hypertension Week 11 Cardiac Arrhythmias Week 12 Cardiac Hypertrophy and heart failure Week 13 Revision Revision
Specific Course RequirementsDuring this course students may be exposed to human diagnostic specimens and/or blood products as part of the practical component. To comply with standard safety precautions it is recommended that students be vaccinated with the hepatitis B antigen. If they are involved in handling of biospecimens (as indicated by the laboratory supervisor), vaccination will be compulsory. The University Health Service or SA Pathology can assist with immunity status checks and administering hepatitis B vaccinations. Medical expenses are the responsibility of the student.
Small Group Discovery ExperienceAll students will be a part of a small group placed in an active research laboratory for completion of the practical component of the course. Each group will develop a hypothesis for testing using contemporary research techniques appropriate to the field. Over the semester, novel research findings will be collected for communication in a final presentation. Each group will be supervised by a medical researcher who is an expert in the field.
The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:
- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
- Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
- Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Assessment Task Assessment Type Weighting Learning Outcome(s) being addressed Written exam - Paper A Summative 16% 1 Written exam - Paper B Summative 16% 1 Written exam - Paper C Summative 32% 1 Practorial Summative 6% 2 Final report Summative 15% 3 Oral presentation Summative 10% 3 Lab supervisor assessment Summative 15% 4
Assessment Related RequirementsDetails of each assessment task are shown above. In brief, the course contains 3 written exams covering lecture material, and a number of summative assignments as part of Physiology in Action. Dates and explicit details for each assessment task will be given in advance via MyUni.
Assessment DetailNote that the final marks for Integrative and Applied Systems Physiology may be moderated by the Examination Panel under some circumstances. Moderation is only ever used to improve a mark or grade, not to decrease it.
Paper A will be a 60 minute closed-book, written examination administered during the ordinary lecture period at 9 am on Friday August 22. This will consist of several short answer questions covering material in the first module of the lecture stream.
Paper B will be a 60 minute closed-book, written examination administered during the ordinary lecture period at 9 am on Friday September 19. This will consist of several short answer questions covering material in the second module of the lecture stream.
Paper C is a conventional, 120 minute, closed book, written examination during the end of year examination period. In the examination, you will be expected to integrate the information that has been discussed throughout the semester. Material that was covered in Paper A and B WILL NOT be directly assessed in Paper C, but this material may be used as background knowledge for lectures directly assessed in Paper C.
For full details about assessment for the Practical (Physiology in Action), please see the relevant material for the course on MyUni.
Hurdle Requirements and Course Criteria
To successfully pass the course students must achieve all of the following criteria:
- Achieving a final combined mark for theory papers A, B and C of 50% or higher.
- Attend practicals and attain a supervisor’s mark of 2.5 or higher (out of 5)
- Complete all practical assignments, including practorials, to a passable standard
Any student not meeting these hurdle requirements will not be eligible to pass the course, regardless of performance in other components.
SubmissionSubmission of work for assessment
Staff will clearly indicate the deadline (date and time) for coursework submission in the course information contained within MyUni. In addition, assessment deadlines will be announced via MyUni at least 7 days prior to the submission deadline. Unless otherwise indicated, coursework should be submitted electronically via MyUni as instructed. Any students experiencing technical difficulties should contact the course coordinator and MSTRC staff at the earliest opportunity. Coursework submitted to any location other than those specified will not be accepted. This includes submissions to personal staff email addresses.
Extensions for Assessment Tasks
Submission dates may be extended under exceptional circumstances. Please see the course coordinator at the earliest opportunity if you feel that you require an extension. Upon receipt of an application for extension, staff may:
- Refuse permission for extension, specifying the appropriate reason(s); or
- Grant permission for extension without penalty; or
- Grant permission for extension with a penalty as guided by this policy.
Please note the School of Medical Sciences policy that assessments handed in late to 3rd year courses will receive a penalty of 30% of the mark for each day late, with a mark of zero after 3 days. Any potential difficulties in meeting assessment deadlines should be discussed in good time with the practical co-ordinator (Dr David Wilson) Please note that attendance at all practical sessions is expected. Occasional absences for medical, compassionate, or other reasons are OK, but these need to be justified with appropriate documentation. Anticipated absences should be cleared with the course co-ordinator, and the rest of the group informed. Absences beyond this will result in a zero supervisor mark, and an adjusted mark for poor contribution to group assignments
Replacement Exams Policy
This applies to ALL exams, including those held during class, not just those at the end of semester exam period
(1) Students seeking a replacement examination must refer to the University policy. The policy and an application form can be downloaded from the following site: http://www.adelaide.edu.au/student/exams/supps.html
(2) For all courses in Physiology, requests for replacement examinations should be made by submission of the completed form and supporting documentation to the Faculty office. If the illness or exceptional personal circumstance occurred before the exam, students must submit their application no later than 5 business days after the occurrence of the condition, illness and/or exceptional personal circumstances, which form the grounds on which their application is made, regardless of the date of the primary exam. If the illness or exceptional personal circumstance occurred on the day of the exam, students must notify an examination supervisor and apply for a replacement exam within 5 business days of the date of the primary exam. The application will be considered by the School of Medical Sciences Examinations Committee who will decide the outcome based on the materials provided by the student in support of their application and in line with the policies of both the University and the Faculty of Health Sciences.
(3) The School Examinations Committee will not approve applications where the nature of the illness is considered minor. This decision cannot be made where no evidence is provided as to the severity of the illness. We strongly respect the right of students to keep the specific nature of their illness confidential. However the new University Policy on Replacement exams requires your medical practioner to complete sections 3 and 4 of the appropriate form (see http://www.adelaide.edu.au/student/exams/mod_arrange.html) certifying that they considered your illness to be major. Replacement examinations cannot be approved without this certification (i.e. on the basis of a medical certificate alone). Students are strongly advised to take a copy of this form with them for completion by their medical practitioner at the time of their consultation.
SPECIAL NOTE REGARDING ACADEMIC REPLACEMENT EXAMS: Academic Replacement Exams cannot be applied for. These are different to replacement exams for medical or compassionate reasons. They may be offered at the discretion of the School of Medical Sciences examinations committee, to permit students to re-sit any or all Papers if their overall performance in papers A, B & C was close to the required level (45% average standard).
Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.
Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.
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