How Bodies Work (C1159)

15 credits, Level 4

Autumn teaching

An introduction to physiological mechanisms, regulation and control in mammals and some other species. The organ systems of the body have to work together to maintain physiological functions. Thus the cells and tissues communicate within one organ, but also between organs. So while it often helps to examine processes at the cellular (even sub-cellular) and tissue levels, it is important to consider that it all works together, as part of one integrated system: the body.

Topics covered include:

  • Introduction to physiology, and to hormones and homoeostasis
  • Cardiovascular system
  • Respiratory system
  • Cellular respiration
  • Digestive system
  • Kidneys and fluid balance
  • Interactions of the organ systems, control and regulation are underlying themes
  • Examples of physiological adaptations of other, non-human animals

These topics and themes are backed up in workshop settings.

Teaching and assessment

We’re currently reviewing teaching and assessment of our modules in light of the COVID-19 situation. We’ll publish the latest information as soon as possible.

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 33 hours of contact time and about 117 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

This module is running in the academic year 2021/22. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. However, we are constantly looking to improve and enhance our courses. There may be changes to modules in response to student demand or feedback, changes to staff expertise or updates to our curriculum. We may also need to make changes in response to COVID-19. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: