Introduction to physiology
The aim of this module is to provide the student with basic physiological knowledge and its application to exercise physiology.
By the end of this module the student should be able to:
1. Understand the organisation of the human body and be able to describe the function and structure of the physiological systems, tissues types and cells.
2. Develop an understanding of how skeletal muscle contracts including the role of the nervous system.
3. Demonstate a knowledge of the main fuels used in the body and the role of hormones in energy production and storage.
4. Understand the structure and function of the cardiovascular system and be able to describe the electrical activity of the heart.
5. Develop basic skills in physiological testing.
1 Introduction to systems and cells
Organisation of the human body, structure and function of cells.
2 Nervous system and muscle contraction
Basic structure of the nervous system. This will include an introduction to motor and sensory nerves, skeletal muscle structure, muscle fibre types, motor units and muscle excitation and contraction.
3 Bioenergetics and metabolism
Use of carbohydrates and fats as fuels to provide energy at rest and during exercise. Influence of selected hormones on metabolism and fuel use.
4 Cardiovascular system
Anatomy and basic physiology of cardiovascular system including: structure function of the heart and blood vessels. An introduction to the electrical activity of the heart.
Teaching and Learning Work Loads
For session 2020/21 the expectation is that the teaching and learning hours stated in this descriptor will form a mix of synchronous and asynchronous student/staff activity, with the majority of this being online. The exact pattern of this activity is likely to vary from the standard face-to-face hours listed below but the overall student effort remains the same. Up-to-date information on the delivery of the module can be found on the relevant module MLS site and on your student timetable.
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SCQF Level - The Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework provides an indication of the complexity of award qualifications and associated learning and operates on an ascending numeric scale from Levels 1-12 with SCQF Level 10 equating to a Scottish undergraduate Honours degree.
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 2020/21 , and may be subject to change for future years.