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PSC3012 : Integrated Physiology

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Michael Taggart
  • Lecturer: Dr Christopher Stewart, Professor David Thwaites, Dr Michele Sweeney, Dr Christopher Nile, Dr Tim Cheek, Professor Christopher Ward, Dr Alison Howard, Professor Jeffrey Pearson, Professor Jenny Read, Professor Adrian Rees, Dr Judith Hall
  • Owning School: Biomedical, Nutritional and Sports Scien
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


The PSC3012 module (Integrated Physiology) is designed to:
•       encourage students to consolidate their knowledge of the key physiological systems as taught through the Physiological Sciences programme.
•       reinforce the development of important critical skills including interpretation of the scientific literature, data analysis and problem solving.
•       provide a support framework to enable effective and planned revision ahead of the final written examinations.

Outline Of Syllabus

The module provides a review of the key physiological systems including the nervous system, gastrointestinal tract, renal system, cardiovascular system and respiratory system.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical13:003:00PIP - Interactive practical, data analysis
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching141:0014:00PIP x 1 hour seminar PIP x 13 hours revision seminars
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study183:0083:00Writing up lecture notes, revision and general reading
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The revision seminars are used to review the core scientific material and key concepts in a concise manner (K1-K2, S1-S3) and to direct students towards important original sources of information in the study guides providing a framework for guided independent study and revision (K1-K2, S1-S2). Revision seminars aid the development of an understanding of current research and the experimental basis of key concepts and core knowledge (K1-K2, S1-S3). Several revision seminars provide experience of abstract and data analysis using practice questions to stimulate informal discussion and aid in the development of critical skills and problem solving (K2, S1-S3). The revision seminars provide opportunities to increase understanding by reflection and discussion (K1-K2, S1). The interactive practical supports the core material and aids in data analysis and interpretation (K2, S1-S2).

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1802A100Invigilated exam (180 min). Open book exam. 6 questions to be answered, 2 from each of 3 sections, choice from 3 within each section
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The open-book written examination tests core knowledge and understanding of the subject under time-constraint
conditions (K1-K2, S1-S4). The abstract analysis components of the examination test critical thinking, problem
solving, data analysis and interpretation (K2, S1-S4). The open-book written examination tests the ability to integrate knowledge from across the programme and to use this knowledge in the interpretation of new information (K1-K2, S1-S4).

Reading Lists