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Unit information: Systems of the Body 3 in 2015/16

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Unit name Systems of the Body 3
Unit code MEDI20004
Credit points 0
Level of study I/5
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Dr. Fulford
Open unit status Not open

Must be on the MB ChB Programme.



School/department Bristol Medical School
Faculty Faculty of Health Sciences

Description including Unit Aims

In this Unit students continue to study the human body from the point of view of physiological systems. The systems approach used in this Unit is intended to draw together aspects of biomedical sciences and clinical practice to help s understand the systems of the body in health and disease.

Intended Learning Outcomes

  • To accurately identify anatomical and histological structures related to the nervous, endocrine and reproductive systems and to link structure with function.
  • To describe the normal function of the nervous, endocrine & reproductive systems at molecular, cellular, organ, system and whole animal level.
  • To develop an understanding of how these different body systems interact in a healthy individual.
  • To describe the body's defence mechanisms relevant to the systems above.
  • To describe how different diseases may affect these systems and the scientific basis for common disease presentations.
  • To describe the use, and underlying principles, of appropriate investigations for common disease presentations within these systems.
  • To be able to outline the risk factors for common diseases of the systems above, ways of preventing disease and appropriate forms of management.
  • To describe the safe and effective use of drugs in the treatment of such diseases, including an appreciation of the underlying pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, drug side effects/interactions, and non-prescribed medication. Also population effects such as the spread of antibiotic resistance.
  • To observe, collect, analyse & interpret biomedical data in laboratory practicals, using scientific method and experimental design techniques as appropriate.
  • To provide accurate explanations of biomedical phenomena.
  • To use knowledge of anatomy & physiology to aid interpretation of clinical investigations.
  • Calculate appropriate drug doses including correct use of units.
  • Be aware of relevant anatomy in carrying out practical procedures safely and effectively.

Teaching Information

The learning opportunities in these Units include lectures, practicals, small group sessions, simulation sessions, and eLearning

Assessment Information

Assessments are in April

  • Written paper 1: assessment of respiratory, GI and renal systems plus integrative physiology topics. ‘Best of Five’ multiple choice questions (MCQs) 35% of total marks.
  • Written paper 2: assessment of nervous, endocrine & reproductive systems. ‘Best of Five’ multiple choice questions (MCQs) 35% of total marks.

Form and Function spot exam: assessment of material covered in practical classes in respiratory, GI, renal, nervous, endocrine & reproductive systems. . ‘Best of Five’ multiple choice questions (MCQs) 30% of total marks.

Reading and References

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