Module and Programme Catalogue

Search site

Find information on

2020/21 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

BMSC2225 Physiology of Absorption and Excretion

10 creditsClass Size: 200

Module manager: Dr Viktor Lukacs

Taught: Semester 2 View Timetable

Year running 2020/21

Module replaces


This module is not approved as a discovery module


Learning outcomes
On completion of this module, students should have a basic knowledge and understanding of the physiological mechanisms concerned with:
- gastrointestinal physiology including mechanisms of absorption, secretion and motility and the neuro-hormonal mechanisms controlling these functions;
- the mechanisms of renal solute and water handling underlying the maintenance of body fluid composition and volume and the mechanisms by which the pH of the body fluids is maintained (acid base physiology).


The syllabus covers the following topics:
- Anatomy of the GI tract
- Neural and hormonal regulation of GI tract function
- Motility and secretions of the GI tract and associated organs
- Mechanisms of digestion and absorption
- Anatomy of the kidney and urinary tract
- Glomerular filtration and its regulation
- Tubular processing of the filtrate to produce urine
- Role of the kidney in the homeostasis of salt and other solutes, water, and acid-base balance.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours79.00
Total Contact hours21.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

57 hours - reading around lecture material (19 x 3 hours)
6 hours - completing anatomy worksheets (2 x 3 hours)
6 hours - preparation for in-course test
10 hours - exam preparation

9 hours - independent online learning (3 x 3 hours)

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

- Worksheets related to web based tutorials, further reading and lecture material;
- 1 x 2 hour examination consisting MCQ's and essays.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay40 minute essay under exam conditions30.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)30.00

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

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)1 hr 30 mins70.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)70.00

70% of formal assessment is made up of 40% on MCQs, 30% on renal essay

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 05/08/2019


Browse Other Catalogues

Errors, omissions, failed links etc should be notified to the Catalogue Team.PROD

© Copyright Leeds 2019