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BM4009: STAYING ALIVE - ADAPTATION IN PHYSIOLOGICAL SYSTEMS (2021-2022)

Last modified: 16 Aug 2021 13:53


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 Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Jenny Gregory

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Either Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4

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

  • Either Intercalating (Studied) or PY3002 Integrative Physiology (Passed)
  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)
  • One of Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4 or Programme Level 5

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • BM4005 Human Physiology (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

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.


In light of Covid-19 this information is indicative and may be subject to change.

Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Practical during University weeks 9, 11
  • 1 Seminar during University week11
  • 1 Tutorial during University weeks 9 - 11, 9 - 11, 12
  • 3 Tutorials during University weeks 13, 13

More Information about Week Numbers


In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for second half-session courses may be subject to change. All updates for second-half session courses will be actioned in advance of the second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

70% exam (during summer exam session)

30% continuous assessment: Objective Structured Practical Examination and Problem Solving

Alternative Resit Arrangements for students taking course in Academic Year 2020/21

Online Exam

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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