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Module

PSC1002 : Physiology

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Alison Howard
  • Lecturer: Dr Owen Jeffries, Professor Adrian Rees, Professor Jeffrey Pearson, Dr Michele Sweeney, Dr Michael Gray
  • Owning School: Biomedical, Nutritional and Sports Scien
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 15
ECTS Credits: 8.0

Aims

The module aims to provide an introduction to mammalian physiology, covering the structure and function of the major systems of the body and the control mechanisms involved in their regulation (cardiovascular, respiratory, renal, blood, nervous and gastrointestinal systems). The integration of different systems in the maintenance of a constant internal environment within the body (homeostasis) will be emphasised.

Outline Of Syllabus

The lectures and seminars cover the following topics:

1. Homeostasis: maintenance of constant internal environment; autonomic nervous system.
Blood: constituents of blood; blood groups; blood clotting.

2. Cardiovascular system: organisation and function of cardiovascular system; electrical conduction in the heart; neural and hormonal influences on the cardiovascular system; blood pressure.

3. Respiratory system: process of respiration/ventilation; factors that influence the work of breathing; gas exchange in the lung; gas transport in blood; control of ventilation.

4. Nervous system: sensation of touch, pressure and vibration; motor control; structure of the ear; how sound is represented in the brain; how an image is formed in the eye; how visual information is processed.

5. Renal system: structure and function of the kidney and nephron; mechanisms of control of reabsorption; hormonal control of water and sodium content of the body.

6. Gastrointestinal system: saliva and gastric secretions; pancreatic secretions; the gall bladder; digestion of fats, carbohydrates, and proteins.

7. Exercise and Environmental changes: how the cardiovascular and respiratory systems adapt to meet the demands of exercise and unusual environments.

Teaching Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion11:001:00Online MCQ via Canvas - Formative Assessment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials291:0029:00Non-synchronous online lectures and associated material
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching31:003:00PIP for one third of cohort for each seminar. Synchronous online for remaining students. Seminars
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery61:006:00Synchronous online - Q&A discussion sessions
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1109:00109:00Writing up lecture notes, general reading and revision
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk21:002:00Synchronous online - Module introduction and conclusion sessions
Total150:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

1. Lecture materials will define the scope of the course and communicate basic knowledge as a basis for further study.

2. Drop-in sessions provide students opportunity to join online discussion groups led by staff members and addressing key topics of interest or concern relevant to lecture material.

3. Seminars will encourage students to develop their understanding of the subject and interpersonal communication skills. They provide an opportunity for students to ask questions and exchange ideas. Skills practiced include critical thinking, numeracy, communication & team working.

4. Private study is used for self-directed learning and includes: reading lecture notes and texts; preparation for seminars; using learning resources on the Web. Skills practiced include critical thinking, active learning, numeracy, planning and organisation and independence.

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Exams
Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
PC Examination902A100Online timed (remote) MCQ/quiz style questions (expected completion time 90mins)
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Computer assessment2MOnline timed computer assessment (remote) MCQ/quiz style format mid semester via Canvas
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The end of semester examination assesses knowledge and understanding of the course material. The formative MCQ questions will help students assess their knowledge and understanding of course material as well as familiarise students with the format of an MCQ exam.

Reading Lists

Timetable