Respiratory Physiology

Synopsis
An interactive program designed to be used as a student-centred, self-paced learning resource that would occupy students for 3-4 hours. The content is divided into several sections accessible from a menu:

Introduction — the basic principles of respiration put into a health context by introducing some of the more common respiratory disorders.
Structure of the respiratory tract - structure and function of the upper respiratory tract (nose, mouth, pharynx and larynx), trachea, lungs, bronchial tree and alveoli.
Transport of gases:
transport of oxygen by haemoglobin (normal dissociation curve and physiological factors affecting it),
carbon dioxide (dissolved in plasma, in combination with haemoglobin, as bicarbonate).
Mechanics of breathing — introduces respiratory volumes and capacities and covers how the contractions of the respiratory muscles and diaphragm give rise to inspiration and expiration. Muscles involved in forced respiratory movements .
Control of Respiration
Nervous control - central respiratory centres, autonomic reflexes and conscious control of breathing.
Chemical control - central and peripheral chemoreceptors, influence of hydrogen ions, carbon dioxide and oxygen in regulation of breathing.

Interactive graphics and animations are used extensively to explain principles such as how the respiratory muscles and diaphragm interact to cause inspiration and expiration. Throughout the emphasis is on problem-based tasks - interpretation of graphical data (e.g. haemoglobin dissociation curves), interpretation of experimental data, calculations (e.g. ventilatory volumes and dead space, volume of oxygen in arterial and venous blood), and exercises to stimulate understanding. There are also self-assessment questions (multiple choice, multiple true/false) in each section.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Year of release
2001
Year of production
2001
Uses
Target audience: first year students on a range of biomedical or biological science courses (medicine, physiology, pharmacology, dentistry , health sciences) in which human physiology is a major component.
Subjects
Medical sciences
Keywords
physiology - human; respiratory system

Distribution Formats

Type
CD-ROM
Format
PC Version
Price
£199 multiuser
Availability
Sale
Year
2002

Distributor

Name

Sheffield BioScience Programs

Web
http://www.sheffbp.co.uk External site opens in new window
Phone
0131-662 8225
Fax
0131-662 8225
Address
Flat 1, Salisbury Heights
31 Salisbury Road
Edinburgh EH16 5AA

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