UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

APHB5504 Advanced Techniques in Physiology

Credit 6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
Content The topics covered in this unit build on those presented in undergraduate units, and reflect cutting-edge developments in physiology and physiological techniques, providing students with an understanding and knowledge of the discipline at an advanced level.

The unit format is an intensive work integrated learning (WIL) unit, to be undertaken over one to two weeks in the mid-semester or end-of-semester break period. Students undertake preparatory online modules prior to attending the Preclinical Intensive Care Research Unit (PICRU), where they are rostered alongside research team members and participate in the delivery and management of ventilated preterm lambs. Practical experiences are complemented by additional online lecture and reading material providing insight into the research questions and unique physiological challenges faced by the preterm neonate during transition from the intrauterine to the extrauterine environment. Students maintain a personal reflective journal, be active participants in all aspects of animal care within an intensive care environment. A lamb case study is undertaken, forming the basis for an oral presentation that focuses on a specific physiological challenge faced by the lamb during postnatal transition/early postnatal life.
Outcomes Students are able to (1) gain an understanding and an appreciation of the unique physiology of multiple organ systems at the limit of viability; (2) extend their abilities in database searching, data management, critical thinking, data analysis and interpretation of results; (3) broaden their knowledge base and gain experience in presenting material both orally and in written form; and (4) develop an appreciation of professional work ethic and team contributions.
Assessment Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) case study presentation; (2) quizzes; (3) personal reflective journal; (4) clinical handover and patient record management; and (5) punctuality and participation records. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s) Associate Professor Jane Pillow
Unit rules
Prerequisites: enrolment in the Master of Biomedical Science (71520) Physiology specialisation; completion of [PHYL2001 Physiology of Human Body Systems and (PHYL3003 Physiology of Nutrition and Metabolism or PHYL3004 Physiology of Integrated Organ Function)] or [PHYL2002 Physiology of Cells and (PHYL3001 Physiology of Membranes, Muscles and Signalling or PHYL3002 Physiology of Cardiovascular and Respiratory Systems)]
Approved quota: 15—places are allocated based on academic merit including results achieved in pre-requisite units. In the event of more students applying than we have places to accommodate, student applicants will be shortlisted and may be interviewed to assess suitability and motivation for undertaking the unit.
Contact hours intensive practical course including 37.5 hours in the Preclinical Intensive Care Research Unit, and additional 12.5 hours online course content including compulsory pre-practical online modules
Unit Outlinehttp://www.unitoutlines.science.uwa.edu.au/Units/APHB5504/TS-H-3A/2017

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