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BB20221: Human physiology in health and disease

[Page last updated: 15 October 2020]

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2020/1
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Biology & Biochemistry
Further information on credits Credits: 6      [equivalent to 12 CATS credits]
Further information on notional study hours Notional Study Hours: 120
Further information on unit levels Level: Intermediate (FHEQ level 5)
Further information on teaching periods Period:
Semester 1
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: EX 90%, MC 10%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Multiple Choice Test (MC 10%)
  • Examination (EX 90%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites: Before taking this module you must take HL10034 AND take HL10182
Description: Aims:
To provide students with an understanding of fundamental aspects of physiology and how the healthy and disease states of the physiological system relate to each other.

Learning Outcomes:
After taking this course the student should be able to:
* Describe cell and tissue structure and function in healthy and diseased states
* Explain how the body works in relation to the normal and diseased physiological processes.

Knowledge and understanding T/F/A, Intellectual skills F/A, Written communication T/F/A, Numeracy F/A, Data acquisition, handling, and analysis T/F/A, Information technology T/F, Working independently and in groups T/F

Endocrinology with particular emphasis on hypopituitary-adrenal axis and the pancreatic beta-cell models of hormonal control; Cushing's disease and diabetes as exemplars; Gastroenterological function with particular focus on the liver; Crigler-Najjar syndrome; Familial hypercholesterolaemia; Glycogen storage disease;The renal system; Nephropathy; Cardiovascular physiology; Coronary heart disease
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

BB20221 is Optional on the following programmes:

Department of Biology & Biochemistry
  • UXXX-AFB11 : BSc(Hons) Biomedical Sciences (Year 2)
  • UXXX-AKB11 : BSc(Hons) Biomedical Sciences with Professional Placement (Year 2)


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