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Semester 1 - Dual-Delivery
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This subject uses Research Seminars as a vehicle to teach students the experimental approach to contemporary physiological questions. The seminars will be presented by a mixture of Physiology Department faculty, invited speakers from outside the department, and postgraduate students. The seminars will be chosen to cover each of the three main research areas of the department; Cardiovascular Physiology, Neurophysiology, and Muscle and Exercise Physiology. Students will engage with a diverse range of physiological questions and the experimental strategies used to address them. Students will learn to critique seminars and to focus on the scientific essentials, i.e. what question is being addressed? What led up to this question? What strategies are being used to answer the question, and how well have they succeeded? Three seminars will receive particular attention. Questions and recommended reading, set by the speaker, will be distributed several days in advance, to assist the student to start thinking along helpful lines before each of these three seminars. After attending each of these seminars, students will participate in workshops in which directed questions and structured discussion will be used to engage students further with the scientific issues arising from the seminars.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject students will be able to:
- Identify and compare contemporary physiological questions addressed in a broad range of sub-disciplines.
- Demonstrate recall of the major sub-disciplines of physiological research.
- Discuss experimental approaches and strategies used in different areas of physiology, and evaluate ways that these could be applied to their own research projects.
- Critically evaluate the limitations and weaknesses that are associated with virtually all experimental strategies.
- Conceptualize their own experimental strategies and approaches to physiological questions.
Analysing complex scientific issues.
Identifying critical and essential factors from a large body of information
Making a constructive critique of a scientific presentation
Performing written and oral communication skills at a high standard.
Contributing to intellectual discussion
Generating new ideas for scientific experiments
Last updated: 1 March 2021