2020/21 Undergraduate Module Catalogue
BMSC3138 Cellular Cardiology
10 creditsClass Size: 120
Module manager: Dr Sarah Calaghan
Taught: Semester 1 View Timetable
Year running 2020/21
|BMSC2117||Cardio-respiratory Physiology and Pharmacology|
This module is not approved as a discovery module
ObjectivesThe objectives of this module are to teach students about how the rhythm and contractility of the heart are regulated at the cellular level and how this relates to cardiac function. This will involve study of the electrical activity of the heart, and the mechanisms contributing to intracellular Ca2+ regulation which underpins the strength of contraction of the heart.
These topics will be discussed in parallel with the techniques used for the study of the cardiac cell, and their advantages and disadvantages. It is hoped to foster a critical interest and understanding of modern cellular cardiac physiology and how this can help our understanding of normal heart function.
On completion of this module students will be able to:
- Describe how the rhythm and contractility of the heart are regulated at the cellular level and how this relates to heart function.
- At the cellular level, understand the electrical activity of the heart, and the mechanisms contributing to intracellular Ca2+ regulation which underpin the strength of contraction of the heart.
- Understand the techniques used for the study of the cardiac cell, and their advantages and disadvantages.
- Develop a critical interest and understanding of modern cellular cardiac physiology.
- Develop an ability to distill important aspects from research papers as supplementary reading and integrate that with the lecture material to enhance depth and understanding of the topics.
Students will study the regulation of cardiac rhythm and contractility under physiological conditions. Basic physiology will be augmented with detailed discussion of recent experimental literature in the areas of particular controversy. We will examine regional variations in the electrical behaviour of the heart, the control of intracellular calcium and the impact on cardiac contractility. The way in which the two most important physiological regulators of cardiac function (stretch, the autonomic nervous system) impact on cardiac cell behaviour will also be studied. Learning will be reinforced by two computer-based practical classes. Additional material from the reading list should be used to supplement the curriculum covered in the lectures.
|Delivery type||Number||Length hours||Student hours|
|Practical (computer based)||2||3.00||6.00|
|Private study hours||83.00|
|Total Contact hours||17.00|
|Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)||100.00|
Private studyStudents should note that the following information is for guidance only. The actual time required for the various elements will vary between students.
4 hours of self-study per lecture (approx 44 hours)
Assimilating supplementary reading into lecture outlines, revision and examination preparation (39 hours)
Opportunities for Formative FeedbackStudent attendance at lectures and practicals will be monitored in line with standard faculty practice.
Methods of assessment
|Assessment type||Notes||% of formal assessment|
|Computer Exercise||Computer practical workbook||20.00|
|Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)||20.00|
Failure to complete the computer practical workbook to a pass standard will result in a V code being appended to the final module mark.
|Exam type||Exam duration||% of formal assessment|
|Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)||3 hr 00 mins||80.00|
|Total percentage (Assessment Exams)||80.00|
Exam description 2 questions (50% of marks each) from a choice of 4. Questions grouped into 2 per section with 1 question selected from each section.
Reading listThe reading list is available from the Library website
Last updated: 17/04/2019
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