PHYSIOL 2510 - Physiology IIA: Heart, Lung & Neuromuscular Systems
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2017
General Course Information
Course Code PHYSIOL 2510 Course Physiology IIA: Heart, Lung & Neuromuscular Systems Coordinating Unit Medical Sciences Term Semester 1 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 9 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Prerequisites (CHEM 1100 & CHEM 1200 or CHEM 1101 & CHEM 1201) or (BIOLOGY 1101 & BIOLOGY 1201) or ANAT SC 1102 or 6 units of other Level I quantitative sciences with approval of Course coordinator or Head of Discipline of Physiology Incompatible PHYSIOL 2511 or PHYSIOL 2101 Assumed Knowledge 6 units of Level I Chemistry or Biology Course Description Physiology is the study of the function of the human body. This course is designed to develop critical skills and provide a foundation in human physiology with an emphasis on homeostasis and human performance. The major lecture topics covered are cellular physiology, neuromuscular physiology, and the cardiovascular and respiratory systems. Topics include the cellular basis of sensation and neural communication, the control of movement, and how the cardiovascular and respiratory systems adapt in normal conditions and during challenges such as exercise and stress. In the practical laboratory sessions, students undertake a human-based project aligned with each of the subject areas that involves gathering physiological data and interpreting and analysing that data. The practical component is supported by on-line material that leads to a deeper understanding of research methods, ethical considerations, experimental techniques, and data processing in scientific research.
Course Coordinator: Professor David SaintCourse Coordinator: Dr David Saint
Phone: +61 8 8313
Location: Medical School South
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes
1 Understand the function and control of the following areas of physiology:
- the cellular basis of neuromuscular physiology
- skeletal muscle organisation and function
- nervous system control of voluntary movement
- the cardiovascular system
- the respiratory system
2 Understand that the control of physiological variables involves interactions between different systems 3 Be able to apply their knowledge of physiological systems to develop an understanding of real life situations 4 Understand the processes involved in gathering experimental data and how this data relates to physiological systems and adaptation. 5 Be able to interpret, analyse and evaluate information relevant to physiological concepts and systems. 6 Understand the concepts of adequate experimental design, experimental controls, sound experimental technique and data analysis and interpretation 7 Be aware of contemporary approaches and techniques used to advance physiological knowledge and how this relates to health and disease 8 Understand the role of teamwork in addressing scientific problems. 9 Be able to communicate their understanding of physiology
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) Deep discipline knowledge
- informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
- acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
- accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
1-7 Critical thinking and problem solving
- steeped in research methods and rigor
- based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
- demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
4-7 Teamwork and communication skills
- developed from, with, and via the SGDE
- honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
- encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
8,9 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
5-8 Intercultural and ethical competency
- adept at operating in other cultures
- comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
- Able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
- demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
8 Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
- a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
- open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
- able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThis course will be delivered in the following means:
24 lectures, in class exams and interactive lectures
24 hours practical
2 summative online quizzes, and 4 online formative quizzes.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.Lectures: 24 during the semester (average of 3 per week). These include interactive revision sessions and in-class exams. Subtotal 24 hrs
Practicals: 6 sessions of 4 hours duration (one per fortnight) Subtotal 24 hrs
Tutorials: 6 sessions of 1 hr Subtotal 6 hrs
TOTAL 54 hrs
Learning Activities Summary
Week Topic Lecture Week 1 Nervous system. Introduction, Sensory perception, Membrane potentials. Week 2 Nervous system Action potentials, Signal Conduction Week 3 Nervous system Synaptic transmission, Lectorial on block NS Week 4 Motor control Overview Week 5 Motor control Skeletal muscle I and II, Sensory feedback Week 6 Motor control Human movement, Movement disorders, Lectorial on Motor control Week 7 Cardiovascular system Smooth and Cardiac Muscle, Cardiac Excitation, Week 8 Cardiovascular system Arteries, Capillaries, Veins Week 9 Cardiovascular system / Respiration Blood pressure control, Respiration introduction, lectorial on Cardiovascular system Week 10 Respiration Ventilation and Gas exchange, Gas transport Week 11 Respiration Control of ventilation, Lung defences, Lectorial on Respiration Week 12 Respiration Revision lecture.
Small Group Discovery ExperiencePractical classes are conducted in small groups (4-5 students) and involve data collection, interpretation and analysis.
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- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Assessment Task Assessment Type Weighting Learning Outcome(s) being addressed Exams
Weeks 3, 6, 9, 12, end of semester
Formative/Summative 55% 1-3 Practicals plus Research Skills Exam Summative 39% 3-9 Tutorials and practorials Formative/Summative 6% 1-3
Assessment Related RequirementsStudents must achieve at least 50% aggregate in the exam component
Assessment DetailExams: 4x1 hr exams held in class, during semester, count for 10% each. Final 2 hr exam held during University exam period, counts for 15% (theory component) and 15% (research skills component)
Practorials: 2 online practorials held week 1 and week 6 of the semester to cover basic concepts and materials: count for 6%
Practicals: Four practical worksheets throughout the semester (5% each), demonstrator assessment 4%
SubmissionLATE SUBMISSION POLICY: 15% of total available points will be penalised per day (24 hour period or fraction thereof). An automatic zero mark will be applied after 7 days.
Replacement/additional examinations are held to provide an opportunity to students whose academic performance was impaired by circumstances beyond their control in the primary examinations to demonstrate their true performance.
The university policy on replacement/additional examinations can be found at: http://www.adelaide.edu.au/student/exams/supps.html
ABSENCES FROM PRACTICALS
Attendance at all scheduled practicals is compulsory to pass the course. However, if a student is absent from a practical due to medical reasons or compassionate reasons, s/he will need to provide a Physiology Practical Attendance Waiver Request Form supported by an original signed medical or compassionate letterhead note or certificate. The Practical Attendance Waiver Request Form (pdf file) is available on the Physiology course website on MyUni. The accompanying professional letter/certificate will be sighted by MSTRC staff, and copied and returned to the student. Please do not email these forms to the MSTRC as originals are required.
These materials should be presented to MSTRC staff in advance when possible, or within TWO WEEKS (10 working days) of the practical session in which the student was absent.
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
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