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Health Sciences Modules

The Discipline of Physiology has a teaching component within the following undergraduate courses.

Medicine



The aim of this course is to provide the students with a sound understanding of the human body from the structural, cellular and organ perspectives.

Course Content

Semester 1

For convenience and because of the way in which available textbooks are named, we will be referring often to these perspectives in terms of histology, anatomy and physiology but you should remember that such a distinction is quite artificial - the body operates as a whole, structure and biological function are inherently linked and disease processes that affect any structure or activity will have consequences for the entire organism. As far as is practicable, the course teachers will try to emphasise this integration of form and function as the module progresses, since understanding this principle is essential for you to develop a good grasp of clinical practice. The module will focus on the musculoskeletal, immune and endocrine systems and will integrate course material with clinical scenarios, where appropriate.

  • Organization of the human body
  • Blood, immune system and lymphatic drainage
  • Structure, function and development of the musculoskeletal system
  • The endrocrine system and homeorstasis


Learning outcomes for Human Form & Function 1

On successful completion of this module the student will be able to:

  • Recognise the structural characteristics of the basic mammamlian cell types.
  • Recognise, describe and classify bones and joints.
  • Recognise and describe the blood supply and lymphatic drainage of the limbs.
  • Describe the development of the pre-embryo and the limbs.
  • Describe the gross and microscopic structure and function of nerves and muscles.
  • Record and take accurate measurements of nerve and muscle activity.
  • Recognise, describe and classify the circulating blood cells and outline their functions.
  • Demonstrate competency in the methods used to obtain and handle a blood sample
  • Describe the specialized functions of endocrine glands and tissues, including mechanism of feedback regulation
  • Define the principal actions of the classical hormones and their regulated release mechanisms.
  • Recall typical normal values for physiological variables commonly used in clinical practice.
  • Apply their physiological and anatomical knowledge to explain the pathogenesis and natural history of common clinial disorders of the musculoskeletal, haematological and endrocrine systems.

Assessment

Please refer to your student handbook for detailed information on assessment.

Lecture Notes

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Semester 2

Rationale and Aims

The aim of Human Form and Function 2 is to provide the students with a sound understanding of the human body from the structural, cellular and organ perspectives. The module will focus on the cardiorespiratory, gastrointestinal and genitourinary systems and will integrate course material with clinical scenarios, where appropriate. For convenience and because of the way in which available textbooks are named, we will be referring often to these perspectives in terms of histology, anatomy and physiology but you should remember that such a distinction is quite artificial - the body operates as a whole, structure and biological function are inherently linked and disease processes that affect any structure or activity will have consequences for the entire organism. As far as is practicable, the course teachers will try to emphasise this integration of form and function as the module progresses, since understanding this principle is essential for you to develop a good grasp of clinical practice.

Course Content

  • Structure, function and development of the cardiorespiratory system
  • Structure, function and development of the gastrointestinal system
  • Structure, function and development of the genitourinary system
  • Learning outcomes for Human Form & Function 2

On successful completion of this module the student will be able to:

  • Describe the gross and microscopic structure and function of the cardiorespiratory system.
  • Record and take accurate measurements of cardiac and respiratory function and recall typical normal values for cardiorespiratory variables commonly used in clinical practice.
  • Describe the development of the cardiovascular and respiratory systems and related congenital abnormalities.
  • Apply their physiological and anatomical knowledge to explain the pathogenesis and natural history of common clinical disorders of the cardiorespiratory system.
  • Describe the gross and microscopic structure and function of the gastrointestinal and genitourinary systems.
  • Recall typical normal values for gastrointestinal and genitourinary variables commonly used in clinical practice.
  • Describe the development of the gastrointestinal and genitourinary systems and related congenital abnormalities.
  • Apply their physiological and anatomical knowledge to explain the pathogenesis and natural history of common clinical disorders of the gastrointestinal and genitourinary systems.

Assessment

Please refer to your student handbook for detailed information on assessment.

Lecture Notes

Lecture notes now reside on BlackBoard Learn.



Physiotherapy, Dentistry, Clinical Speech & Language Studies, Pharmacy, and Radiation Therapy



Physiology is the science of how the body works. This involves understanding how cells and tissues operate, how they combine their functions in specific oran systems such as the digestive systems and how these organ systems work together to maintain a stable environment inside the body. Physiology is the functional basis of the health sciences, because most disease states constitute disturbances of physiological processes. A knowledge base in normal and abnormal (patho) physiology is therefore essential for all students who will pursue careers in clinical health care. The syllabus is designed to provide you with a core of knowledge of normal and abnormal body function. The course is divided into blocks, each of which deals with a particular aspect of body function.