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BMSC1214 Human Endocrinology

10 creditsClass Size: 220

Module manager: Dr Charlotte Haigh

Taught: Semester 2 View Timetable

Year running 2019/20

Pre-requisite qualifications

Normally A level Biology

This module is not approved as a discovery module


By the end of this module, students should have a basic understanding of the anatomy and physiology of the main endocrine systems, together with how pathology and pharmacology can alter their function.

Learning outcomes
By the end of this module, students will be able to describe, the components of the major endocrine signalling systems and understand the choreography of these systems in health & disease, at a basic level.


The endocrine pancreas & diabetes; the thyroid; the parathyroids and calcium and phosphate homeostasis; the adrenal gland and its disorders; neuroendocrinology of the hypothalamus; physiology and pharmacology of sexual differentiation and reproduction.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Class tests, exams and assessment11.001.00
Independent online learning hours55.00
Private study hours23.00
Total Contact hours22.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

Independent learning: Students will complete workbooks (2-3 hours each) based on each substantive area of the module. Completion of the workbooks will be based on lectures, online material, and private reading. Resources from the "Interactive Physiology" and "PhysioEx" series will be used to consolidate and extend lecture material.

Private study: students will be expected to spend ~3 hours reading per lecture. Understanding of core material will be checked by online formative tests, for which feedback will automatically be provided.

Independent online learning: 55 hours
Private study: 23 hours

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

On-line formative tests will ensure satisfactory progress throughout the module. Module manager and lecturers will be notified of students failing such assessments, so that additional support can be provided. Conditional release of support material, based on completion of each test, will ensure student involvement.

Summative MCQ in course.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
In-course MCQIn-course MCQ15.00
PresentationGroup oral presentation15.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)30.00

Presentation - all members of the group must contribute to the oral element of the presentation.

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)1 hr 70.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)70.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 05/09/2019


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