PHYL3002 Physiology of Cardiovascular and Respiratory Systems

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 core unit in the Physiology major sequence
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Life and Health Sciences
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 3 elective
This is a Level 3 unit comprising a series of lecture and laboratory sessions that aim to develop in students an understanding of the key physiological functions of these systems and the scientific process via which our understanding of them arose. The unit builds on the material covering cardiovascular and respiratory function in Level 2 PHYL2001 Physiology of Human Body Systems. The unit further develops students' laboratory techniques for physiological measurement. Human experimental work covers non-invasive cardiovascular and respiratory measurements. Animal work covers in vivo techniques including surgical preparation and anaesthetics. Ethical aspects of human and animal experimentation are covered.

Finally the unit has a focus on data recording, analysis and presentation skills including statistical analysis, the graphical presentation of data, and communication in the form of scientific poster presentations. The unit has a major focus on visual communication of data and critical information literacy in the form of a research poster which students must pose, based on a published paper. The theme of visual communication is continued with the ongoing submission of professional quality figures and graphics using the data generated in laboratory classes. The unit also reinforces aspects of teamwork and interpersonal skills in both experimental work and communication.
Students are able to (1) recall and integrate physiological knowledge about the cardiovascular and respiratory systems; (2) apply the above knowledge to explain the coordinated control of these systems; (3) apply and record accurately the data from experiments using modern computer-based data acquisition systems, analyse experimental data using appropriate methods including statistical methods, and present correctly analysed data in a professional way that is suitable for publication or scientific presentations; (4) be competent at communicating scientific information including the ability to present experimental findings, and working constructively as part of a group to achieve successful outcomes in laboratory and communication tasks; (5) understand how to conduct non-recovery surgery on anaesthetised animals including the proper maintenance of anaesthesia, and how to perform experiments with human subjects; and (6) be aware of, and follow, professional standards for ethical experimentation on both human and non-human animals.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) final examination and (2) continuous assessment. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Peter McFawn
Unit rules
PHYL2001 Physiology of Human Body Systems; for pre-2012 courses: PHYL2255 Physiology of Human Body Systems
PHYL2260 Physiology of Adaptation and Stress
PHYL3350 Physiological Control Mechanisms
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week; labs/tutorials: 3-hour or 6-hour session x 6
Unit Outline
Semester 1_2019 [SEM-1_2019]
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