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2019/20 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

BMSC2228 Experimental Skills in Physiology

10 creditsClass Size: 60

Module manager: Dr Ruth Norman

Taught: Semester 2 View Timetable

Year running 2019/20

Pre-requisite qualifications

Level 1 BMSC lab skills modules


BMSC2119Experimental Skills


BMSC2232Topics in Physiology

Module replaces


This module is not approved as a discovery module


Learning outcomes
At the end of this module students should have the ability to:
- Design and carry out an experimental project in a specific area of human exercise physiology, as a member of a team
- Interpret quantitative data, including both graphical representations and statistical analysis
- Search for, understand and critically access the scientific literature in a particular area of physiology
- Present work in an extended written lab report format


Students will act as human subjects. Students will be introduced to the methods used to:
a) measure and/or interpret human physiological parameters e.g. ECG, blood pressure, oxygen consumption, blood lactate
b) measure heat balance under changing levels of thermal stress
c) assess aerobic fitness and detect the transition from aerobic to anaerobic respiration

Transferable skills will be developed through submission of practical reports, personal reflection and team work.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours64.00
Total Contact hours36.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

Researching literature, preparation for MCQ exam, writing practical report.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Attendance at practicals and completion of coursework.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
In-course MCQMCQ exam (1 hour) - subjects covered are Heat Balance, Blood pressure and ECG interpretation practicals.40.00
Practical ReportLaboratory report based on the exercise project60.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Any absence from a practical class will attract a v-code. To remove the v-code the student must submit a lab report, based on data provided to them, by a given deadline. The lab report will be check marked to determine it has reached a pass standard. Feedback will not be provided on it.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 15/08/2019


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