2022/23 Undergraduate Module Catalogue
FOBS1126 A Short Introduction to Systems Physiology
10 creditsClass Size: 200
Module manager: Dr Charlotte Haigh
Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable
Year running 2022/23
Pre-requisite qualificationsNormally A level Biology and/or Chemistry
This module is mutually exclusive with
|FOBS1125||Introduction to Physiology|
Module replacesFOBS1201 Molecular Physiology BIOL1214 Multicellular Systems
This module is not approved as a discovery module
Module summaryThis module introduces body systems, largely on a weekly basis, with an emphasis on how systems operate and interact. The idea that disease can disturb, or result from disturbances of, these systems will be introduced for some systems.
ObjectivesBy the end of this module, students should have a basic understanding of the anatomy and physiology of some body systems, together with how pathology and pharmacology can alter them.
1. Students should understand and be able to describe the features and functions of certain body systems, specifically:
- Nerve conduction and transmission, and the basic plan of the central and peripheral nervous systems;
- How muscles work at the cellular and mechanical levels;
- The organisation of the cardiovascular and respiratory systems, and how they carry oxygen and carbon dioxide to and from the organs of the body;
- The gastrointestinal system, and how different regions work together to digest and absorb foodstuffs, and excrete waste materials;
2. Students will be introduced to a range of physiological concepts such as homeostasis, excitability, and vectorial transport.
One of the key aims of this module is to help students move to a university-style approach to learning, with personal responsibility for organising their learning, and using a number of resources to synthesise an understanding of the subject material.
Students will cover, at an introductory level:
- The nervous system, including central and peripheral elements;
- Muscle function;
- The cardiovascular and respiratory systems;
- The gastrointestinal system;
- Students will consider basic physiological principles such as homeostasis, excitability, and vectorial transport.
|Delivery type||Number||Length hours||Student hours|
|In Course Assessment||1||1.00||1.00|
|Independent online learning hours||10.00|
|Private study hours||57.00|
|Total Contact hours||33.00|
|Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)||100.00|
Private studyIndependent online learning: Links to learning resources on the web, online quizzes, etc.
Opportunities for Formative FeedbackWeekly on-line formative tests, and programme-specific tutorials, will ensure satisfactory progress throughout the module, and allow students to monitor their own progress. Feedback on the in course test, including both factual aspects and exam technique, will be provided prior to the main exam.
Methods of assessment
|Assessment type||Notes||% of formal assessment|
|In-course MCQ||MCQ tests in Minerva||80.00|
|In-course Assessment||Participation mark||20.00|
|Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)||100.00|
Further guidance on the assessment will be provided in Minerva.
Reading listThe reading list is available from the Library website
Last updated: 22/07/2022
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