PHY3171 - Clinical and experimental cardiovascular physiology - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.




Dr Kate Denton

Dr Joanne Caldwell

Unit guides



  • First semester 2017 (Day)


This unit explores the frontiers of our understanding of cardiovascular physiology in health and disease. The roles of the nervous system, hormonal and metabolic factors and of the kidney are examined, with an emphasis on regulatory mechanisms in blood pressure control and hypertension. Current cutting-edge research underpins all aspects of the course and the emphasis is on assisted self directed learning and project based learning.


On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Describe the major cardiovascular diseases, including how they impact on the individual and society;
  2. Use specific example of cardiovascular physiology to explain how different body systems work together;
  3. Critically evaluate the cardiovascular research literature;
  4. Design and analyse a cardiovascular physiology experiment, using statistical analysis to help with the interpretation of the data;
  5. Present scientific data in oral and written formats.


In-semester assessment will consist of oral presentations and 2000 word reports on projects or assignments and a mid-semester assessment: 50%

Examination (2 hours): 50% (Hurdle)

This unit is subject to the Hurdle and Threshold Standards policiesHurdle and Threshold Standards policies ( of the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing & Health Sciences.

Workload requirements

Two 1-hour lectures and one 3-hour practical per week

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)

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


PHY2011 and PHY2042; or both BMS1052 and BMS2031; or at the discretion of the unit coordinator.