Human Physiology and Disease - BI307

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2019-20
Canterbury Spring
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4 15 (7.5) DR E Curling


It is a requirement for taking this module that students have taken an A Level Biology or equivalent or BI305 Fundamental Human Biology





This module will consider the anatomy and function of normal tissues, organs and systems and then describe their major pathophysiological conditions. It will consider the aetiology of the condition, its biochemistry and its manifestation at the level of cells, tissues and the whole patient. It may also cover the diagnosis and treatment of the disease condition.

Indicative topics will include:

Cells and tissues
Membrane dynamics
Cell communication and homeostasis
Introduction to the nervous system
The cardiovascular system
The respiratory system
The immune system and inflammation
Blood cells and clotting
The Urinary system
The digestive system, liver and pancreas


This module appears in:

Contact hours

Total contact hours: 27
Private study hours: 123
Total study hours: 150

Method of assessment

Practical Report (20%)
IC Test (20%)
Examination (60%), 2 hours

Indicative reading

Human Physiology-An Integrated Approach (7th edition, 2016) by Silverthorn, D. Published by Pearson

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes. On successful completion of this module students will:
1. Be able to describe the main physiological systems of the body and the basic anatomical structure and histology of the principal organs in these systems.
2. Understand the role of the main physiological systems in the maintenance of whole body homeostasis.
3. Be able to describe the consequences of alteration of normal physiological states and the evolution of disease.

The intended generic learning outcomes:
1. To be able to extract and interpret information at a first year undergraduate level.
2. Acquire skills in written communication.

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