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Graduate Studies Courses of Instruction Physiology


Physiology

EFFECTIVE 2014-2015, THE COURSES LISTED BELOW OR THE EQUIVALENT ARE  UNDER THE DEPARTMENT OF BIOMEDICAL AND MOLECULAR SCIENCES. CURRENT COURSE NUMBERS AND DESCRIPTIONS CAN BE FOUND HERE: COURSES OF INSTRUCTION BIOMEDICAL AND MOLECULAR SCIENCES .

STUDENTS ENROLLED IN PHYSIOLOGY PROGRAMS IN 2013-2014 OR EARLIER ENROL IN COURSES WITH THE COURSE CODES AND NUMBERS AS SHOWN BELOW.

PHGY-810* Current Concepts in Physiology
An advanced course on current research of selected areas of physiology. This course is comprised of critical lectures and discussion based on recent literature. Compulsory for all new M.Sc. students in Physiology. 3 hour seminar. Fall or Winter. J. Fisher. PREREQUISITE: PHGY-214/812 or equivalent or permission of the course supervisor. Enrolment is limited with priority given to Physiology graduate students.
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PHGY-814 Mammalian Physiology
A course for new graduate students with backgrounds in other disciplines. The functions of organs, body systems, and the integration of functions in the whole body. Students evaluated by regularly scheduled tests and take-home exams. Three, 1-hour lectures. Fall and Winter. D. Van Vugt. (6.0 credit units) PREREQUISITE: Admission to the PHGY graduate program and permission of the instructor.
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PHGY-824* Ion Channels of Excitable Cells
The electrophysiology and biophysics of neuronal and cardiac membranes; molecular biology, structure, and function of ion channels.  Students will learn to critically evaluate scientific literature.  Instructional format is primarily student-led seminars.  Enrolment is limited.  (Offered even years only; jointly with PHGY-424). Winter. N. Magoski. PREREQUISITES: PHGY-214 (or equivalent) with a minimum of 65 percent (or equivalent) or permission of the course supervisor.
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PHGY-826* Current Concepts in Sensorimotor Integration
A course for graduate students to explore more advanced concepts of sensorimotor integration in the nervous system. This is a multi-disciplinary lecture/seminar course with active student participation expected. The course will consist of weekly sessions focusing on specific concepts such as feature detection, population coding, sensorimotor transformations, reflexes versus voluntary control, central pattern generators. Normally offered concurrently with PSYC-924*.   PREREQUISITE: NSCI-323* or equivalent.
EXCLUSION: PSYC-924*.
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PHGY-836* Advanced Physiology
An advanced course for honours and graduate students in which selected areas of physiology are studied in depth. Two hours seminar. Fall or Winter. N. Magoski. PREREQUISITE: Eligibility for admission to this course will be determined by the student's experience in physiology and allied sciences.
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PHGY-840* Advanced Techniques in Digestive Sciences I
A laboratory-based course providing an advanced survey of state-of-the-art methodologies.  This course is designed to give the student experience in cellular, molecular and whole tissue techniques with applications to digestive and related sciences. Fall term; 2 hours seminar / 4 hours laboratory on alternate weeks. R.J. MacLeod.  PREREQUISITE:  Undergraduate degree in biological, biochemical, or life sciences; permission of the course supervisor.  Enrollment is limited.
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PHGY-841* Advanced Techniques in Digestive Sciences II
A laboratory-based course designed to explore in greater depth a sub-group of the techniques studied in PHGY-840* and involving at least two full weeks of intensive laboratory work.  The techniques will be chosen to complement the student's graduate research. R.J. MacLeod. PREREQUISITE: PHGY-840*. 
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PHGY-844* Gastrointestinal Physiology
The mechanisms and regulation of motor, secretory, digestive and absorptive functions of the gastrointestinal tract are considered.  Students will be required to prepare and present reviews of original literature. Fall/winter terms.  (Enrolment in both terms is required to achieve credit.)  One hour lecture/week; 1 hour seminar alt. wks. M. Blennerhassett. Offered jointly with PHGY-444. PREREQUISITE:  PHGY-214 or equivalent.  Enrolment is limited. 
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PHGY-853* Cellular and Molecular Cardiovascular Sciences
An advanced inter-disciplinary course studying the anatomy, pharmacology and physiology of the cardiovascular system at the molecular and cellular level. The course is comprised of lectures, discussion and student seminars based on recent literature. (Same as ANAT-853* and PHAR-853*). 3 hour seminar. Winter. Offered in odd years.  D. Maurice. PREREQUISITE: Undergraduate degree in Life Science or equivalent or permission from department.
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PHGY-854* Cardiovascular Sciences
A study of the anatomy, pharmacology and physiology of the cardiovascular system based on lectures, seminars, laboratories and selected readings (same as ANAT-854* and PHAR-854*). Topics will include structure-function of the heart and blood vessels, mechanisms of signal transduction, drug effects on second messenger systems, the cardiac pump, integrated cardiovascular control, arterial oxygen transport, control of blood pressure and hypertension. (Offered jointly with LISC-454*.) Additional work will be prescribed for graduate students. Lectures, seminars and laboratories. Fall.  M. Adams. PREREQUISITES OR COREQUISITES: PHAR-420 and PHGY-214 and -812 or their equivalents. Enrolment limited.
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PHGY-855* Respiratory Physiology
An advanced course examining respiratory mechanics, gas exchange, acid-base balance and the neural control of breathing. Students are required to prepare and present reviews of literature and interpret results of laboratory experiments.  2 hours lecture/seminar or 6 hours laboratory. Offered jointly with PHGY-355. Winter. J.T. Fisher PREREQUISITE: A minimum of C (2.0) in PHGY-214 or equivalent.
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PHGY-884* Essential Research Skills
Students learn essential research skills such as preparation and critical review of a research proposal, basic theory of physiological instrumentation, histology, and other state-of-art techniques. S. Iscoe.
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PHGY-894* Neuroendocrinology
Students are exposed to an in-depth study of selected topics in neuroendocrinology and neuroendocrine techniques. Neuroendocrinology refers to the neural control of endocrine and autonomic function. Areas of focus will include CNS control of cardiovascular function, reproduction, and appetite. In addition, students will learn to critically evaluate scientific literature. Instructional format is primarily student- led seminars. (Offered odd years; jointly with PHGY-494).  Winter. D. Van Vugt. PREREQUISITE: PHGY-214 or equivalent.
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PHGY-897* Physiology Seminar Program and Research Project
Students will be required to attend the Departmental seminar program and present a seminar based upon their graduate thesis research. Students will also provide a proposal for their thesis research which includes a review of the related literature. Departmental faculty will evaluate both the seminar and the proposal/review. Enrolment extending over 6 terms (2 years); required for new M.Sc. Physiology graduate students. 1 hour seminar/week; Fall, Winter and Summer. N. Magoski. PREREQUISITE: PHGY-214 or equivalent or permission of the course coordinator.
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PHGY-899 Master's Thesis Research
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PHGY-999 Ph.D. Thesis Research
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