John Knight Session 7th February 2018 – Park Campus


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Session title: Control of Blood Pressure

Number of students: Roughly 40

Date, time and location: 7th February 2014, 11:00 – 13:00, Room 114 Haldane Building, Park Campus

Session outline:

This is a first year lecture to the Masters in Osteopathy students. It will build upon the knowledge that the students have gained in the first semester of their programme. Since some prior knowledge is required, there is a small element of flipped learning where students will have been asked to explore a variety of online resources reviewing cardiovascular physiology and pathophysiology. This background will allow the lead lecture itself to focus purely on the complex subject of the physiology of blood pressure control without the need to keep recapping background information. The lecture will begin with a list of learning objectives explaining why osteopaths need a good understanding of blood pressure and provide the students a broad idea of the potential areas of assessment related to the subject material in forthcoming written and practical exams.

The lecture will then have the following structure:

  • What is blood pressure?
  • What is a normal blood pressure range?
  • The need for maintaining a normal blood pressure
  • Pathologies associated with hypertension and hypotension
  • Neural control of blood pressure
  • Hormonal control of blood pressure
  • Lifestyle changes and medications to control blood pressure

This will be a traditional lead lecture that will consist predominantly of pictures and diagrams which the lecturer will talk around, the lecture will deliberately keep text to a minimum requiring the students to make key notes to supplement the visual information of the slides. In the lecturer’s experience this approach means that students have to process the information that is being delivered to make short notes and this helps with retention of information and minimises the risk of students just taking a copy of the lecture form blackboard to read over when exams approach. Throughout the lecture the lecturer will be asking the student group a variety of short questions to encourage their participation to facilitate a deeper learning experience. Where appropriate the lecture will incorporate simple animations. The lecture will finish with a brief summary of the key learning points and provide a series of links to additional learning resources. If time permits a short number of multiple choice questions will be provided to allow the students to gauge their understanding of the subject material.

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