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BI25B2: PHYSIOLOGY OF HUMAN ORGAN SYSTEMS (2021-2022)

Last modified: 31 May 2022 13:05


Course Overview

  • the digestive, cardiovascular, respiratory, renal and reproductive systems are covered using a variety of innovative teaching methods; 
  • you will participate in practical classes where students act as subjects and investigators. These will reinforce lecture material, develop scientific acumen and build team working skills; 
  • focussed and interactive problem solving sessions apply knowledge to clinical scenarios, and begin developing fundamental skills critically required in the final years of the degree;  
  • informal teaching sessions allow one-to-one staff-student interaction and encourage discussion in a non-threatening environment; 
  • a low stakes in-course mock exam is included to prepare you for the high stakes degree exam

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 2
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Prof Steven Tucker

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

  • Any Undergraduate Programme
  • Programme Level 2

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

None.

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

This course will explore the following questions: How do the major body organs and systems work both alone and in communication with one another? How do we adapt to changing circumstances, control breathing as required, adjust to our nutritional needs, spawn new generations? The course will then go on to investigate the physiology behind the way in which the heart supplies even the furthest extremities with nutrition and oxygen and how gases are extracted from the air we breathe by our lungs. The kidney (fluid balance), the digestive system (nutrition) and the reproductive systems will also be explained in detail. The course provides an overview of what goes on inside your body, and what happens when it goes wrong.


Details, including assessment, may be subject to change until 31 July 2022 for 1st half-session courses and 23 December 2022 for 2nd half-session courses.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Practical during University weeks 34, 35
  • 1 Seminar during University weeks 26 - 35
  • 1 Tutorial during University weeks 28, 30, 32, 34 - 35

More Information about Week Numbers


Details, including assessment, may be subject to change until 31 July 2022 for 1st half-session courses and 23 December 2022 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

Alternative Assessment

3 x Practicals - 10% each

2 x MCQ exams - 70%

Alternative Resit Assessment

Resit of failed element

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
FactualRememberILO’s for this course are available in the course guide.

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