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2019/20 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

BMSC2117 Cardio-respiratory Physiology and Pharmacology

20 creditsClass Size: 250

Module manager: Dr Ed White
Email: E.White@leeds.ac.uk

Taught: Semester 1 View Timetable

Year running 2019/20

Pre-requisite qualifications

Satisfactory completion of level 1 of a BMS programme, or equivalent

Pre-requisites

BMSC1212Introduction to Pharmacology

Module replaces

BMSC1211 and BMSC2105

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Objectives

Students should:
- Be able to describe the structure and function of the circulatory system;
- Understand how the cardiovascular system is controlled by neural and hormonal influences;
- Know how the cardio-respiratory system contributes to the optimal functioning of the body's other
physiological systems;
- Be able to describe the structure and function of the lungs and how gaseous exchange occurs;
- Understand how the cardiovascular and respiratory systems adapt to a variety of physiological stresses, in order to maintain optimal performance;
- Be able to describe the mechanisms of action, therapeutic uses and adverse effects of drugs acting on the cardiovascular and respiratory systems;
- Be able to describe the mechanisms of action, therapeutic uses and adverse effects of drugs that are used to treat hyperlipidaemia and that affect haemostasis.

Learning outcomes
Students should acquire a detailed knowledge of the structure and function of the cardiovascular and respiratory systems in health and disease, as well as the responses to physiological challenges such as adaptation to altitude.

They should understand the control mechanisms that mediate cardio-respiratory responses and gain a detailed knowledge of the types, mechanisms and adverse effects of a number of drugs affecting cardiovascular and respiratory function.

Skills outcomes
Students will learn to take lecture notes, gather information from different sources, manage their time more effectively and use online formative resources effectively to enhance their learning experience.


Syllabus

The module will cover the activity of the heart and its function, and consider central and peripheral neural and hormonal control mechanisms involved in the maintenance of blood pressure and blood flow through tissues. These mechanisms will be considered in relation to normal physiological circumstances as well as in challenging situations such as high altitude or haemorrhage and shock.

The means by which oxygen is delivered to the tissues and carbon dioxide removed from them, will be described. Ventilation of the lungs and its control are studied together with diffusion of gases across the alveolar membrane and the matching blood flow.

Integrated within this module is a description of the detailed mechanisms of action, effects and adverse properties of the various major drugs that affect the heart, vasculature and respiratory system. These include anti-dysrhythmic agents, drugs used in the treatment of heart failure and hypertension, as well as drugs acting on blood to modulate clotting and correct abnormal levels of lipids.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Class tests, exams and assessment41.004.00
Lecture301.0030.00
Private study hours166.00
Total Contact hours34.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

- 58 hours: online learning resources associated with lectures, including practice MCQs
- 60 hours: reading associated with lectures (30 x 2hours)
- 9 hours: revision for formative essay
- 9 hours: revision for in course MCQ
- 30 hours: preparation for final module assessment.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

- On-line formative tests (MCQs) will ensure satisfactory progress throughout the module. Module manager and lecturers are able to monitor students’ performance for these assessments, and can provide additional support if necessary
- Formative essay providing individual (peer) feedback and generic (lecturer) feedback
- Summative MCQ in course
- Summative MCQ and essay final exam.

Methods of assessment


Coursework
Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
In-course MCQ45 min summative30.00
In-course AssessmentOpen book exam (formative)0.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)30.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated


Exams
Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)2 hr 00 mins70.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)70.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 30/07/2019

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