This module provides students with fundamental knowledge of the main physiological processes necessary for life and for maintaining whole body homeostasis.
The aim of this Module is to provide students with an understanding of the structure and function of a number of key physiological systems and their role in body homeostasis.
By the end of this module the student should be able to:
1. Describe the anatomy, physiology and control of a number of key physiological systems critical for the functioning of the human body.
2. Show an appreciation of levels of organisation of key physiological systems from cells to function.
3. Relate knowledge of physiological systems above to selected homeostatic mechanisms and their control.
4. Recognise both the biomedical and forensic applications of a detailed physiological understanding of key physiological systems.
1 Cardiovascular physiology
Structure and function of the heart and blood vessels from single cell to whole system. Cardiac electrical activity and its measurement. Perfusion and its control. Blood pressure regulation. Embeds a variety of pathophysiological examples with reference to both biomedical and forensic applications throughout e.g. coronary heart disease.
2 Respiratory physiology
Structure and function of the respiratory tract from single cell to whole system. Lung mechanics and ventilation. Oxygen and carbon dioxide transport. Central and peripheral control of respiration. Embeds a variety of pathophysiological examples with reference to both biomedical and forensic applications throughout e,g, asthma
3 Reproductive physiology
Structure and functions of the reproductive systems from single cell to whole system. Normal body control of the female reproductive system and hormonal cycles. Embeds a variety of pathophysiological examples with reference to both biomedical and forensic applications throughout e.g. infertility.
4 Neuro and sensory physiology
Basic structures and divisions of the peripheral and central nervous system from single cell to whole system. Structure and function of nerves and the cells in the nervous system. How nerves communicate. Higher CNS functions and the ANS. Structure and function of key sensory organs. Embeds a variety of pathophysiological examples with reference to both biomedical and forensic applications throughout e.g. dementia
5 Skeletomuscular system
Skeletal muscle structure and ultrastructure. Muscle and fibre types. Functions of tendons, joints, bones, muscle ligaments and fascia. The neuromuscular junction. Excitation - contraction coupling. The sliding filament theory. Muscle spindles. Golgi tendon organs. Reflex arcs. Embeds a variety of pathophysiological examples with reference to both biomedical and forensic applications throughout e.g. muscular dystrophy.
Statement on Teaching, Learning and Assessment
Lectures deal with the fundamental theory. Tutorials and practical classes extend and apply the theory covered in the lectures, and develop skills of recording, measuring, interpretation and analysis. The feedback week will allow students the opportunity to try some sample examination questions, and gain feedback on the first practical exercise.
Teaching and Learning Work Loads
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Credit Value – The total value of SCQF credits for the module. 20 credits are the equivalent of 10 ECTS credits. A full-time student should normally register for 60 SCQF credits per semester.
We make every effort to ensure that the information on our website is accurate but it is possible that some changes may occur prior to the academic year of entry. The modules listed in this catalogue are offered subject to availability during academic year 2018/19 , and may be subject to change for future years.