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PHSI3905 - Human Cellular Physiology (Adv): Theory
Faculty of Medicine (Sydney Medical School) - 6 credit points
HECS Band six
Domestic Fee: $4,140
International Fee: $4,530
EFTSL: 0.125000000
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Department: Physiology
Offered session(s): 1
Department permission required for enrolment in the following session(s): 1
Assumed knowledge: 6 credit points of MBLG
Prerequisites: Students enrolling in this unit should have a WAM of at least 70. Except for BMedSc students: Credit average in (PHSI2005 or PHSI2905) and (PHSI2006 or PHSI2906). For BMedSci: 18 credit points of BMED at Credit average including (BMED2401 and BMED2402) or (BMED2801 and BMED2802 and BMED2806)
Prohibitions: PHSI3005, PHSI3004, PHSI3904
Teacher/Coordinator: Dr William D. Phillips

Classes: Three 1-hour lectures and one 1-hour tutorial slot per week.

Assessment: One 2-hour exam, one 2000-word report and a report plan arising from a mentored research project (100%)

Textbooks: Alberts, B. Molecular Biology of the Cell. 5th edition. Garland Science.
The aim of this unit of study is to examine key cellular processes involved in the growth, maintenance and reproduction of human life. Processes to be studied include the regulation of cell division and differentiation in developing and adult tissues, the regulation of body fluids through ion transport across epithelia, mechanisms of hormonal and nervous system signalling and the regulation of muscle contraction. Lectures will relate the molecular underpinnings to physiological functions: our current interpretation of how ion channels, hormone receptors and synaptic interactions mediate tissue function and human life. The significance of these molecular mechanisms will be highlighted by considering how mutations and other disorders affect key proteins and genes and how this might lead to disease states such as cancer, intestinal and lung transport disorders and osteoporosis. Please see the Physiology website for details of mentored Advanced research topics.It is highly recommended that this unit of study be taken in combination with PHSI3906
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