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Course Overview

  • this course integrates knowledge of physiological systems within the context of physiological adaptation to the environment;
  • you will understand advanced physiological concepts which regulate every aspect of human survival and the life cycle;
  • our bodies also adapt to disease and you will examine the physiological changes which occur throughout several major clinical conditions including diabetes, osteoporosis and heart disease;
  • the ability to measure important physiological parameters will also be taught in interactive practical classes;
  • advanced problem solving in tutorials will provide you with the skills required to tackle complex physiological problems at a research level

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 4
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Professor Graeme Nixon

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Either Intercalating (Studied) or PY3002 Integrative Physiology (Passed)
  • Either Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4
  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • BM4005 Human Physiology (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

The physiology of adaptation consists of complex interactions involving several major physiological systems. In order to truly understand physiological adaptation, you must first study individual systems and how they regulate normal body function. This course considers major systems and their role in physiological adaptation. This includes: 1) Skeletal muscle and the way in which it responds and adapts during exercise. 2) The skeleton and bone integrity which provides structural support in normal conditions but adapts to changing conditions. 3) Understand how normal body function is maintained by blood flow and regulation of the cardiovascular system, and how this adapts to different conditions. 4) Metabolism, which constantly changes to adapt to different physiological situations. Additionally, disease greatly affects the ability of the body to adapt. The effects of different pathological conditions including osteoporosis, diabetes and heart disease will be discussed for the physiological systems examined.

Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed

  • BSc BMS in Physiology (Intercalating)
  • BSc Biomedical Sciences (Physiology)
  • BSc Physiology
  • BSc Sports & Exercise Science
  • BSc in Sports & Exercise Science (Intercalating)
  • Bachelor Of Science In Applied Sport Science
  • Bachelor Of Science In Physiology (Biobusiness)
  • Bsc In Biomedical Sciences (Physiology & Biobusiness)
  • Bsc In Sports & Exercise Science (Bio Bus) With Ind Pla
  • MSci Physiology with Industrial Placement
  • MSci Sports & Exercise Sci with Ind Plac't
  • MSci in BMS (Physiology & Biobusiness) with Industri Placem
  • MSci in Biomedical Science (Physiology) with Ind'l Placement
  • Master In Science In Physiology (Bio Bus) With Ind Pla
  • Msci In Sports & Exercise Science (Bio Bus) With Ind Pla

Contact Teaching Time

57 hours

This is the total time spent in lectures, tutorials and other class teaching.

Teaching Breakdown

  • 2 Science Laboratories during University week7
  • 1 Science Laboratory during University weeks 8 - 10
  • 3 Lectures during University weeks 7 - 11
  • 1 Practical during University week9

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Summative Assessments

1st Attempt: 1 two-hour essay examination (70%) 2 pieces of work for Continuous Assessment (1 practical exam [15%], 1 problem solving question [15%])

Formative Assessment

- Practice problem solving allows students to write under exam conditions and receive feedback on their performance. - Practice essay allows students to receive feedback on their performance. - Practice exam questions on MyAberdeen. - Problem-solving sessions.


- Practical exam will be marked with written comments. - Problem solving questions will be discussed during a lecture/feedback session. - Written comments will be provided on practice exam essay.

Course Learning Outcomes


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