The unit will provide a detailed understanding of some of the most recent advances in select areas of physiology. Based on interest and availability, students select from a number of areas of study that reflect the dynamic nature of physiology These currently encompass i) Cardiovascular Disease, ii) Muscle and Exercise Physiology, iii) Neurophysiology and iv) Ageing. Students further develop and utilise their graduate capabilities in communication, critical analysis and problem solving to develop theoretical background and multidisciplinary approaches to investigate physiological processes. Students will be introduced to current technologies that enable the understanding of selected areas of study. The unit will culminate in a mock conference with moderated poster presentations which will bring together theoretical and practical elements covered throughout the Human Physiology major, designed to promote teamwork, the ability to read critically, and to evaluate and communicate physiological information.

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RBM2800 - Cardiorespiratory and Renal Physiology

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. To develop and apply skills of critical evaluation of scientific literature, physiological data and experimental design;  
  2. Demonstrate the skills to communicate the results of physiological study in both written and oral form;  
  3. Build experimental techniques and understand their limitations in the design and outcome of experiments; and  
  4. Use quantitative analysis skills to evaluate physiological problems.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Report Conference Blog (500 words) 10%
Report Poster Abstract (500 words) 10%
Laboratory Work Group Journal Article (1000 words each) 20%
Poster Conference Poster and peer assessment (3000 words equivalent) 60%

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