Muscle function- mechanism of contraction & cross bridge function(Not in completely accurate lecture order, accurate by week)


Week 1

Introduction to anatomy

Biology of cells 1

Biology of cells 2

Principles of skin

Principles of viscera and body cavities

Extracellular environment

Sociological theories as tools

Cell chemicals 1

Week 2

Fuel molecules 1

Fuel molecules 2

Taking a medical history

Transport across membranes

Structural biology

Biological oxidation- how cells produce energy

Perspectives on culture

Principles of bones

Cellular energetics and the role of enzymes as biological catalysts

Introduction to microbes

Understanding the relevance of genomics to medicine

Week 3

Introduction to health and human behaviour


Introduction to pharmacology

Nucleic acids and the structure and organisation of DNA

DNA replication

Cell cycle: proliferation, maturation and apoptosis

RNA synthesis

Principles of joints

Protein synthesis

Week 4

Genetics counselling

What does 'having a disability' mean

Introduction to pharmacodynamics

Patterns of inheritance

Meiosis and gametogenesis

Population genetics

Polygenic/multifactorial inheritance

Chromosome disorders

Principles of muscles

Week 5

Introduction to complementary medicine

Origin of cells and tissues

Introduction to gene therapy and therapeutic cloning

Gene and protein engineering in clinical medicine

Diagnostic DNA tests

Key recombinant DNA techniques impacting on medicine

Gene expression

Week 6

Perspectives on access

How cells communicate


Primary tissue types and function 1

Primary tissue types and function 2

Introduction to pharmacokinetics

Week 7


Introduction 1- behaviour change, lifestyle and motivation

Introduction to cancer

What effect does cancer have on the patient

Functional histology of the CNS

Principles of organisation of peripheral spinal nerves

Introduction 2- stress and mind body interactions

How tissues make organs

Natural barriers, innate defences

Week 8


Propagating the action potential

Action potential

Perspectives on position

Resting membrane potential and action potential

The molecular basis of cancer 1

The molecular basis of cancer 2

Acute inflammation 1

Week 9


Cellular and tissue response to injury

Healing and repair

The molecular basis of cancer 3


Interactions between bacteria and the human host

Strategies for control of microbes

Neural communication & integration

Week 10

Introduction to immune system

Spirituality and environment

Blood components

Anti-cancer drugs 1

How does the immune system work?

Chronic inflammation

Anti-cancer drugs 2

T cells

Necrosis and apoptosis

Principles of vasculature

HIV/AIDS across nations  

Week 11

Blood clotting

Principles of organisation of the lymphoid system

Principles of diagnosis of infectious diseases

Organisation of the spinal cord

Stress & illness

Immunity to microbes

Envenoming and the neuromuscular junction

Interactions between humans and viruses

Neural signalling to skeletal muscles & drugs acting at the neuromuscular junction


Week 12

Spinal reflexes

Antibiotics- pharmaceuticals as technology

Culture and Health Behaviour.



Antibiotics 1

Active and passive immunity; Immunodeficiency

Immune intervention

Microbial organisms of medical importance

Antimicrobial resistance and resistance transfer

Fungal infections

Harmful tissue and cellular responses

Antiviral and antiretroviral drugs

Antibiotics 2


Week 1

Embryology of the limbs

Pectoral girdle and shoulder

Introduction to clinical reasoning

Pharmacokinetics I: Absorption and distribution

Introduction to population health

Structure and function of bone

Mental health enhancement

Principles of skin

Stress reduction strategies

Introduction to motor systems

Introduction to HLSD

Week 2

Principles of medical imaging I

Peripheral nervous system

Modulation of conduction and nerve signalling- local anaesthetics

Neural integration connections and pathways

Early physical, personality and social development

Positive psychology

Pharmacokinetics 2: metabolism and excretion

Introduction to sensory systems

Breast, axilla and arm

Early cognitive development

Early and middle childhood development


Pain and temperature sensations


Week 4

Principles of medical imaging II

Overview of autonomic nervous system

Centrally acting analgesics- opioids

Adolescent development

Youth and health behaviour

Analgesics, aspirin and NSAIDs

Developmental psychopathology 1: childhood and adolescence

Wrist and hand

Muscle function- mechanism of contraction and cross bridge function

Gender identity formation, gender issues in health

Muscle function - EC coupling and mechanisms of contraction

Muscle function- grading the strength of contraction

Improving performance 1

Week 5

Improving performance II

Bacterial pathogenesis 1

Muscle function- energy supply, fibre types and adaptability

Study design

Nerves and vessels of the upper limb

Adulthood and health behaviour

Bacterial pathogenesis 2


Bacterial pathogenesis 3

Developmental psychopathology 2: adult and later life

Week 6


Steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs

Viral pathogenesis 1

Epidemiology and emerging infections

Nerve signalling in the ANS

Normal ageing

Autonomic nervous system- central system

Viral pathogenesis 2

Elderly, death and dying

Clinical examination of the motor system

Infectious diseases of the skin and musculoskeletal system

Social and environmental determinants of health

Week 8

Developmental difference

Clinical oriented anatomy of knee and leg

Thoracic and lumbar spine

Drugs acting at the ANS I

Ankle and foot

Drugs acting at the ANS II

Life and death in the world

Week 9

Bipedalism and walking

Nerves and vessels of the lower limb

DMARDs and treatment of gout

Outbreak investigation

Indigenous health

Antiprotozoals, antihelminthics

Antifungal drugs

Spinal canal and contents

Week 10

Chest wall and diaphragm

Pericardium and heart

Cardiovascular system overview and basic haemodynamics

The heart, cardiac muscle contraction and excitation-contraction coupling

Electrical activity of the heart

Cancer prevention

Tissue infarction, tissue repair

The cardiac cycle and cardiac output

Congenital abnormalities of the heart and great vessels

Cardiovascular system- history and examination

Week 11

Arteries, arterioles and the direction of blood flow

The vascular endothelium

Microcirculation and the lymphatic system

Coronary circulation in health and disease

Veins and venous return

Modelling the cardiovascular system

Short term regulation of MAP

Inotropic agents

CV system response to challenge

Week 12

When cells die

Challenges in heart surgery

Vasodilator agents

Diagnosis and screening

Arrhythmias and their pharmacological treatment

Infectious diseases of the cardiovascular system

Atherosclerosis and its complications

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