Introduction to Human Physiology - SPOR3460

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Autumn Term 4 15 (7.5) John Dickinson checkmark-circle


The main aims of this module are to explore and gain knowledge of human physiology. Students will study the major systems of the human body including the musculoskeletal system, the cardiovascular system and the nervous system. Students will gain an understanding of their structure and function.


Contact hours

Total contact hours: 21
Private study hours: 129
Total study hours: 150

Method of assessment

Coursework – 50%
Coursework – 50%

Indicative reading

McArdle, W, D., Katch, I, F., Katch, V, L. (2009) Exercise Physiology Energy, Nutrition and Human Performance. (7th edn). London: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.
Tortora, G, J & Derrickson, B. (2008) Principles of Anatomy and Physiology. (12th edn). London: Wiley
Wilmore, J.H., Costill, D.L., & Kenny, L. W. (2008). Physiology of Sport and Exercise. (4th ed). Champaign IL: -Human Kinetics.

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

See the library reading list for this module (Medway)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes. On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

Explain basic physiological principles.
Describe and explain the structure and function of the major systems of the body.

The intended generic learning outcomes. On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
Communication and presentation skills.
Numeracy and information technology skills.
Problem solving skills.
Ability to plan and manage learning.


  1. Credit level 4. Certificate level module usually taken in the first stage 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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