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Unit information: Physiology 1B in 2022/23

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Unit name Physiology 1B
Unit code PHPH10018
Credit points 20
Level of study C/4
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Dr. Zoe Palmer
Open unit status Not open
Units you must take before you take this one (pre-requisite units)

Normally GCSE (grade C minimum) Double Science plus one biological or physical science A-level

Physiology 1A

Units you must take alongside this one (co-requisite units)


Units you may not take alongside this one
School/department School of Physiology, Pharmacology & Neuroscience
Faculty Faculty of Life Sciences

Unit Information

This unit will provide an introduction to physiology, with an emphasis on mammalian physiology. The following topics are covered: kidney, gastrointestinal tract, endocrinology and reproduction. Practical classes are supported by an online dynamic laboratory manual, eBioLabs and complement the lecture topics. Practicals include investigating the function of the human renal and reproduction systems. Students also undertake an extended practical project planning, data handling and presentation of results.


  • 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.
  • To develop the attributes necessary for lifelong learning.

Your learning on this unit

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

  1. explain the concepts of internal environment and homeostasis
  2. explain how the various systems of the body work together to maintain homeostasis
  3. explain the physiology of the renal, gastrointestinal, endocrine and reproductive system;
  4. interpret experimental procedures with due regard to the scientific method;
  5. analyse and test physiological data using appropriate statistical techniques;
  6. present and discuss physiological data

How you will learn



eBiolabs (supporting practicals)

Large group tutorials/workshops

How you will be assessed


Coursework 30%

  • Extended practical presentation - 10% (1-9)
  • Extended practical written communication – 10% (9)
  • Practical assessments via eBioLabs - 10% (7-9)

Exam (end of unit) 70% (1-5)


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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.

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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.