INTEGRATION OF PHYSIOLOGICAL SYSTEMS - 2017/8
Module code: BMS2038
School of Biosciences and Medicine
BAILEY SG Dr (Biosc & Med)
Number of Credits
FHEQ Level 5
Module cap (Maximum number of students)
Overall student workload
Workshop Hours: 3
Independent Study Hours: 111
Lecture Hours: 32
Tutorial Hours: 4
|Assessment type||Unit of assessment||Weighting|
|School-timetabled exam/test||MCQ TEST (30 MINUTES) WEEK 5||20|
|School-timetabled exam/test||MCQ TEST (30 MINUTES) WEEK 9||30|
|Examination||EXAMINATION (TWO ESSAYS IN 60 MINUTES)||50|
Prerequisites / Co-requisites
The module introduces the functions of several physiological systems and creates an understanding of methods that exist to enable control of these in an attempt to maintain whole body homeostasis.
Topics covered include: central nervous system, the basis of vision, hearing and other special senses; the function of the gastro-intestinal tract and the principles of endocrinology including the role of individual hormones.
Introduce the concept of whole body homeostasis and its control mechanisms
Provide grounding in neuronal signalling and an overview of CNS functions.
Introduce the special senses and communication between receptors and the CNS.
Highlight the link between the liver, bile production and consequently the effect that this has on digestion.
Introduce the activities of the GI tract and their effects on digestion of specific food types.
Identify key endocrine organs, explore the use of hormones as effectors of control and explain their actions at target site.
Using examples, explore the mechanisms that underpin disruption of homeostasis in disease.
|Show an understanding of the principles underlying physiological regulatory systems||KT|
|Demonstrate an understanding of the nervous system and in particular nervous pathways involved in sensation and in controlling movement; a brief introduction to behaviour and the brain||KC|
|Demonstrate an understanding of the structure and function of different specialist senses, including: the eyes and vision; the ears and hearing; the chemical senses of smell and taste||KC|
|Explain how the gastro-intestinal tract controls the motility, digestion and absorption of dietary nutrients||KT|
|Describe the mechanisms through which the endocrine system maintains homeostasis and physiological function||KT|
|Outline basic principles in exercise physiology, Physiology of diving and high altitude||KT|
|Outline basic principles underlying rhythmicity in biological systems||KT|
C - Cognitive/analytical
K - Subject knowledge
T - Transferable skills
P - Professional/Practical skills
Module introduction: Review of key physiological concepts from level 1 and overview of integration of these with current module themes.
Central nervous system:
Organisation of the central nervous system (spinal cord, brain).
Higher functions of brain (speech, memory, sleep and emotions)
Sight, Hearing, Smell, Taste and Somatosensation and ascending pathways (touch, proprioception, temperature, pain)
Structure of the liver
Role in detoxification
Relationship with the gallbladder, gallbladder functions and control of bile release
Relationship between the liver, gallbladder and GI tract
Structure and function of GI tract
Motility in the GI tract
Control of gastric/salivary secretions and function
Carbohydrates digestion and absorption
Protein digestion and absorption
Physiology of the liver
Biliary system and fat (including fat soluble vitamins) digestion
Water and electrolyte absorption
Principles of endocrinology (steroids and peptide hormones)
Hypothalamus, pituitary and feedback loops
Adrenocortical hormones (cortisol and mineralocorticoids)
Regulation of calcium (Parathyroid glands)
End of module tutorial/revision
Scientific writing workshops:
Interactive workshops to cover the ability to read & interpret questions, structure & approach to scientific writing and how to write for a target audience.
Methods of Teaching / Learning
The learning and teaching strategy is designed to include lectures, self- study and workshops in order to develop subject specific knowledge and the ability to communicate it to others. Summative, formative & peer feedback used to enhance knowledge and writing skills.
The learning and teaching methods include:
33 hours Lectures
2 hours formative MCQ feedback tutorials
2 hours formative examination tutorial (end of module)
3 hours writing workshops
Class discussions & use of poll everywhere for formative feedback
The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate their conceptual understanding of integrated physiology in a step-wise fashion of related topics.
Formative assessment will be provided in the form of MCQ questions given either in the lecture or on Surrey Learn as practice for summative assessment. Verbal (lecture) or written (Surrey Learn) feedback will be available for these questions. Formative feedback and peer feedback on scientific writing will be given as part of essay writing workshops and feedback.
The sequential summative MCQ questions prepare the students for the summative written exam, assessing the module content while simultaneously allowing a build-up of knowledge. The final exam, comprising two written questions, enables the demonstration of a depth of knowledge and ability to link topics taught on this module.
The summative assessment consists of two MCQs tests (50% in total) and a final examination (50%, 60 minutes)
Reading list for INTEGRATION OF PHYSIOLOGICAL SYSTEMS : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/bms2038
Programmes this module appears in
|Biological Sciences BSc (Hons)||1||Compulsory||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|Biochemistry BSc (Hons)||1||Compulsory||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|Food Science and Microbiology BSc (Hons)||1||Optional||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|Biotechnology BSc (Hons)||1||Optional||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|Microbiology BSc (Hons)||1||Optional||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|Nutrition and Food Science BSc (Hons)||1||Compulsory||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|Nutrition and Dietetics BSc (Hons)||1||Compulsory||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|Nutrition BSc (Hons)||1||Compulsory||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|Veterinary Biosciences BSc (Hons)||1||Optional||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|Biomedical Science BSc (Hons)||1||Compulsory||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|Microbiology (Medical) BSc (Hons)||1||Optional||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|Biomedicine with Data Science BSc (Hons)||1||Compulsory||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|Biomedicine with Electronic Engineering BSc (Hons)||1||Compulsory||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2017/8 academic year.