|Teacher/Coordinator: Dr William D. Phillips|
Classes: Two small group PBL and one 1-hour lecture per week; one 3-hour practical in some weeks.
Assessment: One 1.5-hour exam, PBL assessments by oral presentations and paper summaries, 1500-word research report (100%)
Textbooks: Alberts, B. Molecular Biology of the Cell. 5th edition. Garland Science.
|This unit of study complements, and should be taken together with PHSI3905. PHSI3906 focuses deeply upon certain areas of cellular physiology that have particular relevance to human health and disease. In the problem-based learning (PBL) sessions groups of students work together with the support of a tutor to develop and communicate an understanding of mechanism underlying the physiology and patho-physiology of disorders such as prostate cancer and neuromuscular disorders. Each problem runs over three weeks with two small group meetings per week. Reading lists are structured to help address written biomedical problems. Lectures provide advice on how to interpret scientific data of the type found in the research papers. Practical classes will emphasize experimental design and interpretation. Collectively, the PBL, lectures and practical classes aim to begin to develop skills and outlook needed to deal with newly emerging biomedical science. Please see the Physiology website for details of mentored Advanced research topics.|