Human Physiology and Disease 2 - BI513

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2020 to 2021
(version 2)
Autumn 5 15 (7.5) DR E Hargreaves checkmark-circle


Reproductive System: Male and female reproductive systems; Endocrine control of reproduction; Fertilisation; Early embryogenesis; Pregnancy and Parturition; Reproductive disorders.

Muscle: Muscle types: skeletal, smooth and cardiac; Structure of muscle; Molecular basis of contraction; Regulation of contraction including neural control; Energy requirements of muscle; Types of movement: reflex, voluntary, rhythmic; Muscle disorders.

Nervous System: Cells of the nervous system- neurons and glia; Electrical properties of neurons- action potential generation and conduction; Synaptic structure and function- transmitters and receptors; Structural organization of the central nervous system (CNS) and function of individual regions; Organization and function of the peripheral nervous system (PNS)- somatic motor, autonomic (sympathetic and parasympathetic) and sensory; Sensory systems- vision, hearing, taste, smell, pain. Disorders of the nervous system.

Endocrine System: Endocrine glands; Classes of hormones; Mechanisms of hormone action; Regulation of hormone release; Endocrine disorders.


This module appears in the following module collections.

Contact hours

Total contact hours: 24
Private study hours: 126
Total study hours: 150


BI302 Molecular and Cellular Biology and BI307 Human Physiology and Disease are strongly recommended preparatory modules for this one.

Method of assessment

Problem Solving/Case Study 20%
In-course test 20%
Exam, 2hr 60%

Indicative reading

Silverthorn, D.U. Human Physiology – An Integrated Approach, Pearson Education. Recent editions suitable; latest is 7th edition (2015)

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes. On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
Describe the structural organization and function of specific physiological systems of the body and understand how the body systems act in an integrated manner to maintain homeostasis.
Describe how malfunction of physiological systems gives rise to disease, using specific examples.
Appreciate the relationship between physiology, anatomy and medicine

Human physiology and disease is taught over two years. The Stage 1 module (BI307) introduces the subject and covers the physiology of immune, digestive, respiratory, cardiovascular and excretory systems. This Stage 2 module covers endocrine, reproductive, nervous and muscular systems.

The intended generic learning outcomes. On successfully completing the module students will have developed the following skills:
Retrieval, interpretation and application of information
Data analysis and evaluation
Written and oral communication skills


  1. Credit level 5. Intermediate level module usually taken in Stage 2 of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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