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Unit information: Physiology for biomedical engineering MSc in 2021/22

Unit name Physiology for biomedical engineering MSc
Unit code PHPH10008
Credit points 20
Level of study C/4
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Professor. Frankie MacMillan
Open unit status Not open
Pre-requisites

Undergraduate degree in Engineering

Co-requisites

Restricted to students on MSc in biomedical engineering

School/department School of Physiology, Pharmacology & Neuroscience
Faculty Faculty of Life Sciences

Description including Unit Aims

An introduction to physiology, with an emphasis on mammalian physiology. The following topics are covered: homeostasis, cell biology and physiology, nervous system and muscle, cardiovascular and respiratory systems. Practical classes are supported by an online dynamic laboratory manual, eBioLabs and complement the lecture topics. Practicals include investigating the physiology of cells and tissues, and the function of the human nervous, cardiovascular, and respiratory systems.

Aims:

To promote understanding of the basic physiological mechanisms governing the function of mammalian body systems. To expose students to a range of activities thereby developing the attitudes and skills desirable for scientific study.

Intended Learning Outcomes

By the end of the unit you should be able to:

  1. explain the concept of 'internal environment' and how homeostatic mechanisms maintain this within narrow limits;
  2. explain how the various systems of the body work together to maintain the constancy of the “internal environment”;
  3. describe cell biology, resting potentials, action potentials and transmission across synapses;
  4. describe the general organisation of the nervous system including the autonomic nervous system, the spinal cord and the brain;
  5. describe muscle activity (skeletal, cardiac and smooth)
  6. give an account of the cardiovascular and respiratory systems
  7. understand and interpret experimental data with due regard to ‘scientific method’;
  8. analyse and test physiological data using appropriate statistical techniques.

Teaching Information

Lectures, Practicals

Assessment Information

Coursework 20%

  • eBiolabs assessment of practical work
  • Presentation 10%

Timed assessment (end of unit) 80%

Resources

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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

See the Faculty workload statement relating to this unit for more information.

Assessment
The Board of Examiners will consider all cases where students have failed or not completed the assessments required for credit. The Board considers each student's outcomes across all the units which contribute to each year's programme of study. If you have self-certificated your absence from an assessment, you will normally be required to complete it the next time it runs (this is usually in the next assessment period).
The Board of Examiners will take into account any extenuating circumstances and operates within the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes.

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