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2022/23 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

BMSC1214 Human Endocrinology

10 creditsClass Size: 300

Module manager: Dr Alexandra Holmes

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2022/23

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
Interactive Lecture41.004.00
Class tests, exams and assessment11.001.00
Independent online learning hours28.00
Private study hours48.00
Total Contact hours24.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

Independent learning: Students will engage with a variety of case studies in the live events and the private study will be finishing these at home. Completion of these will form part of the participation mark as well as attending the live sessions.

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.

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.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
In-course AssessmentIn-course participation (attendance and engagement at live sessions)15.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)15.00

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

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Online Time-Limited assessment1 hr 85.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)85.00

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: 05/04/2023 13:34:37


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