UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

APHB5505 Advanced Studies in Physiology

Credit 6 points
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AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 1UWA (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. Topics include a history of the major advances in physiology, and the current topics that are, or will likely serve as, the foundations for the next breakthroughs in life sciences. Students develop, and then present, a 20-minute seminar on an aspect of each of the topics through independent readings, in consultation with the academic staff member in charge of the topic. The seminar discusses the research that has led to our current understanding of the topic. Students develop and make a journal club-style presentation to consist of a broad description of a topic within a given discipline, and then focus on a relevant and recent journal paper, providing critical interpretation and a basis of how this current research has shaped our knowledge. This oral presentation is accompanied by a written assignment in the form of an editorial comment.
Outcomes Students are able to (1) gain an understanding and an appreciation of how the knowledge in a field of physiology progresses; (2) extend their abilities in database searching, data management, critical thinking, data analysis and interpretation of results; and (3) broaden their knowledge base and gain experience in presenting material both orally and in written form.
Assessment Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) seminar presentations; (2) quizzes; (3) journal club; and (4) editorial comment. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s) Professor Shane Maloney
Unit rules
Prerequisites: enrolment in the Master of Biomedical Science (71520) Physiology specialisation or Master of Health Science (71540) Physiology specialisation; [(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)]
Advisable prior study: undergraduate physiology units
Contact hours seminars and presentations: approximately 32 hours (may vary depending on number of students)
Unit Outlinehttp://www.unitoutlines.science.uwa.edu.au/Units/APHB5505/SEM-1/2017

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