The Circulation

an interactive tutorial to teach the basic physiology of the blood vessels, blood flow and regulation of blood pressure

David Dewhurst and Oliver Dawson

The highly interactive program is designed to teach the basic physiology of the circulation.It is divided into several sections accessed from a menu:

Introduction: - structure and function of the circulatory system;

The Circulatory vessels:

(i) structure and function - blood vessel wall, arteries, arterioles, capillaries, venous vessels;

(ii) blood flow - flow, pressure and resistance.

(iii) peripheral resistance - peripheral resistance vessels and their control;

(iv) blood pressure - measurement, regulation of BP (autonomic reflexes, hormones,

intrinsic regulation, long-term control by kidneys).

High quality colour graphics are used extensively throughout the program and features such as animation and a Hypertext facility are used to enhance student learning. The program is highly interactive and uses several similar features to those described opposite.


Language Versions: English

Recommended System Requirements:

  • Windows:
    • Microsoft Windows XP (32 bit), Windows Server 2003 (32-bit), Windows Server 2008 (32 bit), Windows Vista (32 bit), Windows 7 (32 bit and 64 bit), Windows 8
    • 2.33GHz or faster x86-compatible processor, or Intel Atom 1.6GHz or faster processor for netbooks
    • 128MB of RAM (1GB of RAM recommended for netbooks); 128MB of graphics memory
    • Internet Explorer 7.0 or later, Mozilla Firefox 4.0 or later, Google Chrome, Safari 5.0 or later, or Opera 11
  • Mac OS:
    • Mac OS X v10.6, v10.7, or v10.8
    • Intel Core Duo 1.83GHz or faster processor
    • 256MB of RAM; 128MB of graphics memory
    • Safari 5.0 or later, Mozilla Firefox 4.0 or later, Google Chrome, or Opera 11

Target Audience: First year undergraduates from a range of biological science, medical and health related courses. The material covers approximately four one-hour lectures (to first year students) and would occupy students for 4-6 hours of fairly intensive study.

Price: £250 (multiuser, educational license)

ISBN 1-874758-26-3
©2008 Sheffield Bioscience Programs

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