This module introduces students to the basic principles and concepts of physiology and how these principles operate in mammalian systems.
Aims and Objectives
Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:
- Describe the autonomic nervous system and its role in co-ordinating behaviours.
- Describe the principles of digestion and nutrient absorption
- Explain and describe evidence for the ionic bases of the resting potential, action potential and excitatory synaptic potential. Calculate equilibrium and membrane potentials using the Nernst and Goldman equations.
- Describe the control, structure and function of skeletal muscle and smooth muscle.
- Describe how optimal blood flow distribution around the body is ensured by a combination of cardiac function and peripheral blood flow regulatory mechanisms.
- Describe the structure and function of the mammalian respiratory system
- Explain homeostatic processes with reference to cellular physiology
- Describe the structure and function of the mammalian cardiovascular system.
- Describe the structure and function of the mammalian kidney.
- Draw annotated diagrams of cells and organelles, neurones and synapses
- Describe the structure of a typical biological membrane and explain the ways in which polar and non-polar substances cross this barrier.
- Explain how appropriate amounts of oxygen are delivered to the tissues using haemoglobin and how carbon dioxide is transported to the lungs to be excreted.
- Physiological Principles and Cellular Physiology
- Neurophysiology/Electrophysiology - Nerve, Muscle, Synapse
Learning and Teaching
Teaching and learning methods
Lectures, laboratory practicals and independent study
|Total study time||150|
Resources & Reading list
Guyton & Hall. Textbook of Medical Physiology. Elsevier.
Silverthorn, Dee Unglaub (2007). Human physiology : an integrated approach. Pearsons.
Examination: comprising one 2-hour paper requiring two questions to be answered. One will be an essay derived from three titles published at the start of term and the other will be a true/false paper containing approximately 60 sub-questions
This is how we’ll formally assess what you have learned in this module.
This is how we’ll assess you if you don’t meet the criteria to pass this module.