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Unit information: The Heart in Health & Disease in 2021/22

Unit name The Heart in Health & Disease
Unit code PHPH30019
Credit points 20
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Dr. James
Open unit status Not open
Pre-requisites

None

Co-requisites

None

School/department School of Physiology, Pharmacology & Neuroscience
Faculty Faculty of Life Sciences

Description including Unit Aims

Students will study advanced topics in cardiac cellular physiology through a series of seminars. The topics covered will include the cellular basis to arrhythmias, excitation-contraction coupling and metabolic changes in ischaemia. The unit aims to develop an understanding of key concepts in current cardiac cellular physiology including:

  • State-of-the-art techniques for investigating the molecular and cellular basis to cardiac physiology
  • Ionic and genetic basis to cardiac electrophysiology
  • Excitation-contraction coupling
  • Cardiac electrophysiological disorders with particular reference to arrhythmia

Students will be expected to integrate this information with the systemic regulation of cardiac function

Intended Learning Outcomes

By the end of the unit, students will be able to demonstrate:

  • An in-depth knowledge and critical understanding of selected aspects cardiac cellular physiology, with an ability to keep up-to-date with recent developments in the field.
  • The ability to gather information from the primary scientific literature and to critically evaluate the material and appraise competing theories.
  • An understanding of the experimental tools used to study myocardial physiology.

Teaching Information

Seminars

Assessment Information

Timed assessment 90%

The unit will be assessed through a timed assessment in May/June, which contributes 90% of the unit mark and consists of two sections. In Section A (50%), students will be expected to answer one essay question from a choice of 3, which will assess their knowledge and critical understanding of the field, and their ability to gather information from the primary scientific literature. In Section B (50%), students will be expected to answer one multi-part compulsory question assessing data handling/data interpretation and experimental design skills.

Coursework 10%

The coursework will be either an essay, data interpretation or experimental design question of a similar format to that used in the timed assessment.

Resources

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If you are unable to access a list through Blackboard, you can also find it via the Resource Lists homepage. Search for the list by the unit name or code (e.g. PHPH30019).

How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

See the Faculty workload statement relating to this unit for more information.

Assessment
The Board of Examiners will consider all cases where students have failed or not completed the assessments required for credit. The Board considers each student's outcomes across all the units which contribute to each year's programme of study. If you have self-certificated your absence from an assessment, you will normally be required to complete it the next time it runs (this is usually in the next assessment period).
The Board of Examiners will take into account any extenuating circumstances and operates within the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes.

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