SHE Level 4
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code MHB122082
Module Leader Les Wood
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Biological and Biomedical Sciences
  • A (September start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Level 1 and L2 Physiology and Pathophysiology modules

Summary of Content

Case study presentations are distributed and discussed in class. This is led by the students and facilitated by the lecturer. Content (while related to and relevant to each particular case study) is not fixed and is dependent on group interaction within the class.


Principles of integrative physiology and physiological control with an overall emphasis on cardiovascular, respiratory, renal and neural (including audiological) interactions in relation to control of body systems in health and disease. Specific syllabus content will partially be determined by the outcomes of discussions on the case studies presented and flexibility in this aspect is seen as a key component of the module and the higher-level skills of critical analysis and synthesis it aims to engender.

Learning Outcomes

On successfull completion of this module the student should be able to: -1. Demonstrate an understanding of the complex relationships that exist between different physiological systems and how these impact on different clinical conditions.2. Integrate knowledge of a range of physiological mechanisms and assemble these to identify key concepts and make relevant informed assessments in order to understand "real life" clinical situations.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The module will be delivered using a student-centred Problem-Based Learning approach. A series of case studies will initially be presented in seminar sessions which will be used to stimulate discussion points and to determine what additional information students will need to discover for themselves. Students will have time allocated throughout the module to gather appropriate new information before the class reconvenes to discuss findings and outcomes from the case studies. These discussions will be guided by the lecturing staff and will focus on a critical analysis of the case study to extract the mechanisms underlying the interaction and inter-relationships between the major body systems (e.g. cardiovascular, respiratory, renal and nervous systems). Students will use this information to assemble a portfolio of case study presentations which will subsequently form part of the assessment for the module. Students will also produce a discipline-specific case-study scenario based on their own clinical experiences and will present this to the rest of the class in a designated poster session. This presentation will also be assessed and contribute to the final module mark.

Indicative Reading

Reading material will be dependent on the individual case studies and is not prescribed.

Transferrable Skills

The student should be able to review clinical studies and apply this process to the understanding of clinical decision-making; demonstrate an awareness of the inter-relatedness of different physiological systems that determine outcomes in clinical settings

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Assessment (FT) 24.00
Independent Learning (FT) 140.00
Seminars (FT) 36.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Course Work 02 n/a 30.00 35% Poster PresentationThershold Exemption 100R
Course Work 01 n/a 70.00 35% Portfolio of case studies Thershold Exemption 100R