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BIO8105 Cardiovascular Science

Semester 2, 2012 On-campus Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Sciences
School or Department : Biological & Physical Sciences

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Examiner: Lindsay Brown
Moderator: Jianxiong Wang


Pre-requisite: BIO2203 or BIO3313


The course aims to provide a thorough understanding of the structure and function of the cardiovascular system in health and disease, including a comprehensive study of drugs used to treat cardiovascular disease. Further, through undertaking laboratory exercises and literature surveys, this course will provide training and experience in research methodology so as to provide a platform for candidates wishing to undertake studies for higher degrees by research.


Cardiovascular disease remains the major cause of death in Australia and a major cause of morbidity in the community, despite very large decreases over the last 40 years. This course will provide a thorough understanding of the structure and function of the cardiovascular system using information from the biomedical sciences including anatomy, histology, physiology, biochemistry and molecular biology. This will be augmented by a thorough coverage of the treatment options for cardiovascular disease.


On completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate an understanding of the structure and function of the heart and vascular system;
  2. demonstrate an understanding of current treatment options for cardiovascular diseases;
  3. demonstrate skills and knowledge required to perform laboratory experiments safely with appropriate equipment, including computer software and hardware for data acquisition and analysis and discuss relevant laboratory techniques to investigate cardiovascular disease;
  4. undertake, synthesize and deliver coherent presentations relevant to cardiovascular diseases;
  5. demonstrate effective skills for searching literature databases and electronic resources and the skills required for the preparation and submission of a review.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Overview of cardiovascular system 4.00
2. The cardiovascular system in ageing 16.00
3. The cardiovascular system in diabetes 16.00
4. Hypertension and heart failure 16.00
5. Electrophysiology and arrhythmias 16.00
6. Lipids and atherosclerosis 16.00
7. Animal models of cardiovascular disease 16.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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  • There are no texts or materials required for this course.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Laboratory 60.00
Private Study 70.00
Tutorials 30.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
Laboratory Skills 30 30 17 Jul 2012 (see note 1)
Research Project Report 40 40 17 Jul 2012 (see note 2)
Seminars 30 30 17 Jul 2012 (see note 3)

  1. Examiner to advise the due dates for the Laboratory Skills. Details of the requirements for the Laboratory Skillswill be provided by the examiner or by electronic communication.
  2. Examiner to advise the due dates for the Project Report. Details of the requirements for the Project Report will be provided by the examiner or by electronic communication.
  3. Examiner to advise the due dates for the seminars. Details of the requirements for the seminars will be provided by the examiner or by electronic communication.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities
    (such as laboratories and tutorials) scheduled for them, and to study all material provided
    to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the
    objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.
    To maximize their chances of satisfying the objectives of the practical component of the
    course, students should attend and actively participate in the tutorial sessions in the course.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To complete each of the assessment items satisfactorily, students must obtain at least 50%
    of the marks available for each assessment item.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    If students submit assignments after the due date without (prior) approval of the examiner
    then a penalty of 5% of the total marks gained by the student for the assignment may apply
    for each working day late up to ten working days at which time a mark of zero may be
    recorded. No assignments will be accepted after model answers have been posted.

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total
    weighted marks available for the course

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the weighted aggregate of
    the marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    There is no Examination in this course

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    There is no Examination in this course

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. Harvard (AGPS) is the referencing system required in this course. Students should use Harvard (AGPS) style in their assignments to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The Harvard (AGPS) style to be used is defined by the USQ Library's referencing guide. //

  2. Students who, for medical, family/personal, or employment-related reasons, are unable
    to complete an assignment or to sit for an examination at the scheduled time may apply
    to defer an assessment in a course. Such a request must be accompanied by appropriate
    supporting documentation. One of the following temporary grades may be awarded IDS
    (Incomplete-Deferred Examination); IDM (Incomplete Deferred Make-up); IDB
    (Incomplete - Both Deferred Examination and Deferred Make-up).

  3. The due date for an assignment is the date by which a student must despatch the assignment
    to the USQ. The onus is on the student to provide proof of the despatch date, if requested
    by the Examiner. Students must retain a copy of each item submitted for assessment. If
    requested by the Examiner, students will be required to provide a copy of assignments
    submitted for assessment purposes. Such copies should be despatched to USQ within 24
    hours of receipt of a request being made. The examiner of a course may grant an extension
    of the due date of an assignment in extenuating circumstances.