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HL10182: Human physiology

[Page last updated: 04 August 2021]

Academic Year: 2021/2
Owning Department/School: Department for Health
Credits: 12 [equivalent to 24 CATS credits]
Notional Study Hours: 240
Level: Certificate (FHEQ level 4)
Academic Year
Assessment Summary: CW 50%, EX 50%
Assessment Detail:
  • Lab Report (CW 50% - Qualifying Mark: 1)
  • Exam (EX 50% - Qualifying Mark: 1)
Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Aims: To familiarise the student with the major physiological systems in the human body, their integration and regulation, as the basis for the study of the effects of acute and chronic exposure to exercise on health and sports performance.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this unit students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of:
* the structure and the function of the major physiological systems of the human body
* how the function of major organs and systems is integrated and regulated
* the roles and relevance of the major physiological systems to exercise physiology

* Knowledge and understanding (taught, facilitated and assessed)
* Intellectual skills (facilitated and assessed)
* Professional practical skills (taught, facilitated and assessed)
* Written communication (facilitated and assessed)
* Numeracy (facilitated and assessed)
* Data acquisition, handling, and analysis (taught, facilitated and assessed)
* Information technology (facilitated and assessed)

Content: (1) Structure and function of the human body;
(2) Chemical composition of the body;
(3) Cell structure, intracellular organelles, and function;
(3) Membranes and movement of substances;
(4) Chemical signalling, protein binding sites and enzymes;
(5) The Nervous system;
(6) Muscle;
(7) The Cardiovascular system;
(8) The Respiratory system;
(9) The Immune system;
(10) The Kidneys;
(11) The digestive system and absorption of food;
(12) Nutrition and appetite regulation;
(13) Thermoregulation;
(14) Energy systems at rest and during exercise;
(15) Assessment of energy expenditure;
(16) The endocrine system: hormones and exercise;
(17) Brain, motor control, senses; (18) Hydration and environmental physiology.

Programme availability:

HL10182 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Biology & Biochemistry
  • UXXX-AFB11 : BSc(Hons) Biomedical Sciences (Year 1)
  • UXXX-AKB11 : BSc(Hons) Biomedical Sciences with Professional Placement (Year 1)
  • UXXX-AFM11 : MBioMed(Hons) Biomedical Sciences (Year 1)
  • UXXX-AKM11 : MBioMed(Hons) Biomedical Sciences with Professional Placement (Year 1)


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