SHE Level 1
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M1B102521
Module Leader Les Wood
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Biological and Biomedical Sciences
  • A (September start)-B (January start)

Summary of Content

Introduction: the importance of Physiology Cell structure and function Epithelia, connective tissue and bone Body fluids Blood cells Immunity and inflammation Genetics, cell division Tissue repair Gastrointestinal system Metabolism Electrical potential in cells Muscle structure and function The nervous system Autonomic nervous system Endocrine and reproductive systems Cardiovascular system Respiratory system Renal system


Introduction - the importance of Physiology; cell structure; organelles; cell diversity; epithelial and connective tissues; bone; body fluids; red blood cells; white blood cells; immunity; inflammation and tissue repair; genetics; cell division; enzymes and metabolism; energy balance; sources of energy; gastrointestinal tract; digestion and absorption; gastrointestinal disorders; membrane function and the role of ions; action potentials and their propagation; muscle structure and function; overview of the nervous system; sensory physiology; spinal cord and reflexes; the brain; autonomic nervous system and unconscious control; hormonal control and endocrine disorders; menstruation and pregnancy; blood vessels; the heart; cardiac cycle; cardiac output; control of blood pressure; electrocardiogram; lung structure and function; principles of ventilation; oxygen and carbon dioxide transport; control of breathing; kidney structure and function; urine production.

Learning Outcomes

:-On successful completion of this module, candidates should be able to demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of basic physiological principles concerning the areas of the syllabus described elsewhere in this descriptor which will underpin the professional aspects of individual programmes accessing the module. Candidates will also be able interpret basic physiological data as presented in tutorial and lecture classes. Candidates will be able to apply the basic physiological principles explored in the module to the understanding of how their bodies work and carry that knowledge into their own specific professional areas.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The module material will be delivered by a combination of lectures, tutorials and student-centred learning exercises as well as data interpretation. Lectures will provide the foundation material for the module which will be supplemented and enhanced by material presented in tutorials and student-centred exercises. Students will also have the opportunity to undertake self-evaluation questions on a regular basis. Tutorials will also allow practical applications of the physiological topics to the students' own professional area to be examined and discussed. This will reinforce the importance of physiology to each professional area, and will also be done on a weekly basis. In order to facilitate this process, there will be active collaboration between the physiology teaching team and academic colleagues from each professional area to explore best practice in the delivery and content of these tutorial sessions.

Indicative Reading

Tortora and Derrickson (2013): Essentials of anatomy and physiology. Ninth edition. Wiley (or similar general physiology textbook).

Transferrable Skills

The student should be able to: Apply basic physiological knowledge to the function of their own body and into their own professional area, and learn about applications in other professional areas; Integrate theory with practical evidence as presented in tutorial classes; gain experience in utilising basic physiological measurements presented in tutorial classes.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Independent Learning (FT) 100.00
Lectures (FT) 48.00
Assessment (FT) 28.00
Seminars (FT) 24.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Exam (Exams Office) 1.00 50.00 35% Objective questions
Exam (Exams Office) 1.00 50.00 35% Objective questions