PSC3012 : Integrated Physiology

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 ActivitiesLecture141:0014:00Revision seminars
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical13:003:00Interactive practical, data analysis
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study183:0083:00Revision
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 Examination1802A100Schedule as last exam.Open-book exam. 6 questions to be answered, 2 from each of 3 sections, with 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).

FMS Schools offering Semester One modules available as ‘Study Abroad’ will, where required, provide an alternative assessment time for examinations that take place after the Christmas vacation. Coursework with submissions dates after the Christmas vacation will either be submitted at an earlier date or at the same time remotely.

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