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PHSI3906 - Human Cellular Physiology (Ad): Research
Faculty of Medicine (Sydney Medical School) - 6 credit points
HECS Band six
Domestic Fee: $3,930
International Fee: $4,410
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
Corequisites: PHSI3905
Prerequisites: PHSI (2005 or 2905) and PHSI(2006 or 2906) or in BMED (2801 and 2802). Students enroling in this unit should have a WAM of at least 70.
Prohibitions: PHSI3006, PHSI3004, PHSI3904
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.
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