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SES1000 : Human Physiology and Practical Skills

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Emma Cockburn
  • Lecturer: Dr Christopher Eggett, Dr Helen Mason, Dr Kelly Bowden Davies, Dr Dean Allerton, Dr Owen Jeffries
  • Owning School: Biomedical, Nutritional and Sports Scien
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


This module aims to provide a foundation in human physiology with reference to sport and exercise.

There is an emphasis on how human organs and tissues function and the module allows the student to study and understand key concepts regarding normal human physiology through an integrated systems approach.

Outline Of Syllabus

Lectures and laboratory practical classes will cover:

•       Homeostasis
•       Blood: constituents; blood groups; blood clotting; white blood cell role in immune system
•       Cardiovascular system: organisation and function; electrical conduction in the heart; neural and hormonal influences on the cardiovascular system; blood pressure
•       Respiratory system: process of respiration / ventilation; factors that influence the work of breathing; gas exchange in the lung; gas transport in the blood; control of ventilation
•       Nervous system: organisation and function; motor control
•       Kidney: structure and function of the nephron; mechanisms of control of re-absorption; hormonal control of water and sodium content of the body
•       Gut: saliva and gastric secretions; pancreatic secretions; digestion of fats, carbohydrates and proteins
•       Exercise: how the cardiovascular and respiratory activities are altered to reflect the demands of exercise
•       Endocrine System: endocrine glands; cell communication; actions of key hormones
•       Liver: structure and function; role in metabolism; role in exercise performance

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture122:0024:00Formative teaching activities (MCQ, short-answer & problem solving questions) will be used thoughout
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical52:0010:00N/A
Guided Independent StudySkills practice11:001:00
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops22:004:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1161:00161:00This includes reading, Re-capping lectures and online practice exams
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures define the scope of the course and communicate basic knowledge as the basis for further study. Practicals frame underpinning knowledge within a relevant context enabling the student to develop their understanding of the subject and its relevance. The workshops will provide students with formative teaching activities related to developing skills of lab report writing, and data analysis and presentation. Skills practice will enable students to rehearse the techniques required for the observation of professional practice assessment component of this module. Formative teaching activities will be provided throughout the module. These include the use of MCQ, short-answer and problem solving questions in lectures and on-line practice exams. Independent study is used for self-directed learning and includes: reading lecture notes & texts, preparation for practical classes; using learning resources on the Web. Skills practiced include critical thinking, active learning, numeracy, planning & organisation and independence.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination601A5035 MCQ questions & 3 Short answer questions
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Practical/lab report1M25Practical lab report (1500 words)
Prof skill assessmnt1M25Students will be observed performing key physiological measurements in groups of 3 to 4
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The MCQ and short answer question examination will test the students' factual knowledge and understanding of facts and ideas from material covered in the module.
The practical lab report will be constructed from the practical classes. This has been designed to assess students’ ability to independently locate information about Human Physiology, demonstrate their knowledge of Human Physiology through their writing and present data effectively.

Correct performance of physiological measurement technical skills is an essential requirement for practical work in sports and exercise science. The observation of professional practice component of the assessment for this module will demonstrate a student’s ability to perform these techniques.

Reading Lists