2022/23 Undergraduate Module Catalogue
BMSC3138 Cellular Cardiology
10 creditsClass Size: 70
Module manager: Dr Sarah Calaghan
Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable
Year running 2022/23
|FOBS2121||Cardiorespiratory Physiology and Exercise Rehabilitation|
|FOBS2122||Cardiorespiratory 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, and how this can be modulated physiologically. This will involve study of the electrical activity of the heart, and the mechanisms contributing to intracellular calcium 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:
1. Describe how the rhythm and contractility of the heart are regulated at the cellular level and how this relates to heart function;
2. At the cellular level, understand the electrical activity of the heart, and the mechanisms contributing to intracellular calcium regulation which underpin the strength of contraction of the heart;
3. At the cellular level, understand how two key physiological regulators of cardiac function (stretch and the autonomic nervous system) alter rhythm and contractility;
4. Understand the techniques used for the study of the cardiac cell, and their advantages and disadvantages;
5. Develop a critical interest and understanding of modern cellular cardiac physiology;
6. 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 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 delivered in clusters. Additional material from the reading list should be used to supplement the curriculum covered in the lectures.
|Delivery type||Number||Length hours||Student hours|
|Computer Simulated Practical Techniques||2||3.00||6.00|
|Private study hours||81.50|
|Total Contact hours||18.50|
|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.
- 1 h preparation per topic (9 h)
- 3 h self study per topic (27 h)
- Course work (15 h)
- Assimilating supplementary reading into lecture outlines, revision and examination preparation
Opportunities for Formative FeedbackStudent engagement with on-line 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 (computer sessions to be delivered in clusters)||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|
|Online Time-Limited assessment||24 hr 00 mins||80.00|
|Total percentage (Assessment Exams)||80.00|
Reading listThe reading list is available from the Library website
Last updated: 10/05/2022 12:03:52
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