PHYS30010 Cardiovascular Physiology

Academic Year 2021/2022

The purpose of this module is to provide students with an in-depth consideration of the function of the cardiovascular system. Specifically, the physiology of the heart and vasculature will be addressed as will the mechanisms by which blood clot formation occurs when blood vessels experience damage.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module students should be able to:Describe the mechanisms that regulate cardiac and vascular function; Demonstrate an understanding of how these mechanisms are utilised in the control of arterial blood pressure and flow; Demonstrate an understanding of cardiovascular compensations for haemorrhage; Describe the relationship between capillary structure and function; Describe the roles of platelets and blood clotting factors.

Indicative Module Content:

This module addresses the mechanisms by which arterial behaviour regulates local blood flow. Intrinsic and extrinsic mechanisms of the control of cardiac function will be described as will the assessment of cardiac function. Attention will be given to the movement of solutes and fluids across capillary walls, the venous system and the control of systemic arterial pressure. The consequences of, and cardiovascular responses to, haemorrhage will be discussed as will the roles of platelets and clotting factors in haemostasis. The laboratory practical class will address the ECG and assessment of autonomic control of the human cardiovascular system.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours






Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Classes will run in a face to face format. Bespoke formats will be available should they be required.
Tutorials will address key topics and provide a forum for discussions and feedback on assignments. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
ANAT20090 - Med. Sciences for Biomed.Engin, PHYS20030 - Organ and Systems Physiology

MDSA10080 - Cardiac Biology, MDSA10090 - Vascular Biology, MDSA20150 - Cardiorespiratory Physiology, MDSA20170 - Vascular Biology, MDSA20180 - Cardiac Biology, PHYS20150 - Cardiorespiratory Physiology

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Examination: Essay examination. 2 hour End of Trimester Exam No Graded No


Assignment: Tutorial Assignment Week 3 n/a Graded No


Assignment: Tutorial Assignment Week 4 n/a Graded No


Lab Report: Laboratory report Week 11 n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring Yes - 2 Hour
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Individual assignments will be annotated by the examiners. Group feedback will be provided in the tutorial sessions.

Physiology textbook-
"Human Physiology" Eds Pocock, Richards & Richards, published by Oxford.
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - Autumn: All Weeks Thurs 09:00 - 09:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - Autumn: All Weeks Tues 09:00 - 09:50
Practical Offering 1 Week(s) - 10 Tues 11:00 - 12:50
Tutorial Offering 1 Week(s) - 12 Tues 11:00 - 12:50
Tutorial Offering 1 Week(s) - 3, 4 Tues 11:00 - 12:50
Practical Offering 2 Week(s) - 10 Wed 16:00 - 17:50
Tutorial Offering 2 Week(s) - 3, 4, 12 Wed 16:00 - 17:50