BMS5006 - Cardiovascular biology and disease - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

School of Biomedical Sciences


Professor Robert Widdop

Unit guides



  • First semester 2017 (Day)


This unit is part of the Master of Biomedical and Health Sciences. It aims to develop students' knowledge and understanding of emerging concepts on the function of the cardiovascular system in health and in disease. The pathophysiological changes in disease will be highlighted to provide a contextual basis for discussion of the range of approaches and methods used in cardiovascular science. Students will evaluate and review relevant research literature to further explore specific areas of cardiovascular science from the cellular level though to integrative physiology and pharmacology, including the whole animal, and present and/or critique topical research articles and cardiovascular case studies in both oral and written forms.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. Analyse pathological mechanisms involved in specific cardiovascular diseases.
  2. Source, integrate and critically evaluate the scientific literature to address a defined problem relating to cardiovascular science.
  3. Analyse, interpret and present data from a range of experiment types and discuss this in the context of current scientific literature.
  4. Analyse contemporary research and theoretical issues in key areas of cardiovascular science, including epidemiological aspects.
  5. Evaluate a range of research tools and paradigms used within different domains of cardiovascular research, encompassing cellular through to in vivo through to the population.
  6. Effectively communicate complex concepts and scientific content in written or oral formats.


  • Poster presentation (1,200 words) (20%)
  • Oral presentation (Individual) (20 minutes followed by 5 minutes of questions) (1,200 words) (20%)
  • Literature review (2,000 words) (30%)
  • Editorial (2,000 words) (30%)

Workload requirements

On-campus: 6 hours of contact per week, including lecture and workshop time.

Off-campus: 6 hours of private study time.

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Chief examiner(s)

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study


Background of study in biomedical, biotechnology, medical or allied health sciences is required for admission into the unit.