Life Sciences

Human Physiology

Module code: C1102
Level 4
15 credits in autumn teaching
Teaching method: Seminar, Lecture, Practical, Laboratory
Assessment modes: Coursework, Unseen examination

An introduction to homeostasis, physiological mechanisms and control in humans and other mammals. This module deals with circulatory and respiratory systems, fluid balance and kidney function, digestion and feeding. The approach to regulation and control uses hormonal signalling as a unifying principle, with several negative feedback examples. Furthermore, some case studies are explored such as exercise related cardiovascular and respiratory changes, diabetes as a break-down of control and regulation, and satiety mechanisms and obesity.

Module learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate a basic knowledge of the physiology and anatomy of respiratory, circulatory and digestive systems, feeding and the kidneys
  • Be able to explain how these systems are controlled and regulated by hormones, leading to general homoeostasis
  • Demonstrate an ability to comment upon experimental data in physiology
  • Have had some exposure to scientific journal articles and be able to analyse scientific evidence