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Cardiovascular & Respiratory Systems

Gain insight into the complexities of the cardiovascular and respiratory systems, and how gases and nutrients are regulated in healthy humans.

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Cardiovascular & Respiratory Systems

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Started May 31
Ends Dec 12

Cardiovascular & Respiratory Systems

Gain insight into the complexities of the cardiovascular and respiratory systems, and how gases and nutrients are regulated in healthy humans.

Cardiovascular & Respiratory Systems
Estimated 8 weeks
3–5 hours per week
Instructor-paced
Instructor-led on a course schedule
Free
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There is one session available:

After a course session ends, it will be archivedOpens in a new tab.
Started May 31
Ends Dec 12

About this course

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The human body is an amalgamation of specialised and complex systems. Normal, healthy body functions rely on a symphony of these systems, dynamically working in concert to keep us in a stable homeostatic state.

This course begins by examining the unconscious regulation of body systems by the autonomic nervous system, helping us respond when homeostasis is challenged.

We then explore the cardiovascular and respiratory systems in depth, providing an integrative perspective. We investigate the contractility of the heart, how the circulatory system distributes blood to tissues and organs, the key roles of the respiratory system in gas exchange and maintaining acid-base equilibrium, and the importance of the lymphatic system in maintaining fluid balance. The course aims to provide you with an appreciation of how homeostasis is regulated by close interactions between these body systems.

This interactive course incorporates videos, insights from experts in human physiology, and assessment to test your new understanding of systems physiology.

At a glance

  • Institution: UQx
  • Subject: Medicine
  • Level: Introductory
  • Prerequisites:
    • An understanding of cell structure and function, cell transport and cell signalling.
    • A sound knowledge of specialized cells, including nerve and muscle cells.
    • A broad knowledge of body systems and how they act together to ensure body functions.
    • Specialized Cells and Tissue Biology (included in the Professional Certificate in Cells Physiology) is recommended, but not essential.
  • Language: English
  • Video Transcript: English
  • Associated programs:

What you'll learn

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  • Gain a functional understanding of the cardiovascular, respiratory, gastrointestinal and renal systems.

  • Develop an appreciation of how body systems are integrated to maintain homeostasis.

  • Understand how hormones are critical to physiological responses.

  • Appreciate that disruption of normal physiology results in human disease.

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