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2018/19 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

BIOL1214 Multicellular Systems

10 creditsClass Size: 200

Module manager: Dr Martin Stacey

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2018/19

Pre-requisite qualifications

A Level Biology (grade B) or equivalent qualification

This module is mutually exclusive with

FOBS1201Molecular Physiology

Module replaces


This module is approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module provides an introduction to different cell types, human tissues, major organs, body systems and disease. The course emphasises the integrated nature of cells tissue and organs from a molecule cellular perspective.


This module will provide a good grounding in human physiology from a biochemical, cellular and tissue perspective.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module students should be able to:
- Understand the formation of multicellular tissues and systems derived from stem cells.
- Understand the molecular physiology and integration of major body systems and the including,
a) Neuronal system,
b) Digestive system,
c) Liver and metabolism,
d) Kidney and electrolyte balance,
e) Cardiovascular system,
f) Aging.


Understanding human physiology from a biochemical, cellular and tissue perspective. This module will provide insights in to stem cell biology, tissue development and the physiological and pathological mechanisms of multiple human systems. These will include the neuronal system digestive system, kidney, liver, cardiac and respiratory systems.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours83.00
Total Contact hours17.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

Background reading, consolidation of lecture material, revision for exams

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Feedback on MCQ test in timetabled session prior to final exams.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
In-course MCQMCQ test20.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)20.00

Pairing with new Molecular Physiology (20 credit) module.

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc) (S2)1 hr 30 mins80.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)80.00

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: 18/04/2018


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