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2023/24 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

BMSC2225 Physiology of Absorption and Excretion

10 creditsClass Size: 200

Module manager: Dr Viktor Lukacs

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2023/24

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

41 hours - reading around subject area and working on group problem solving exercises.
6 hours - completing anatomy worksheets
12 hours - preparation for in-course problem based exercise.
20 hours - exam preparation

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

- In-course assessment consisting of a Group problem solving exercise. Students will get several practice attempts at the problem solving exercises before the in course assessment which will be in a similar format. Feedback provided.
- Exam Online Time Limited (OLTA) consisting of a Problem solving exercise submitted individually in a 24 hour period, the problem taking no longer than 5 hours to answer.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
In-course AssessmentGroup problem solving exercise30.00
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
Online Time-Limited assessment3 hr 00 mins70.00
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: 30/03/2023 16:43:00


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