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Module JXH-1017:
Human Physiology

Module Facts

Run by School of Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences

20 Credits or 10 ECTS Credits

Semester 1 & 2

Organiser: Dr Andrew Cooke

Overall aims and purpose

The human body is a fascinating biological machine. How this machine is functioning has puzzled scientists for centuries. In many career paths that are related to sport, health, and medicine, an intricate knowledge of Physiology is essential to be a professional. This module will introduce you in the principles of human physiology. Additionally, the module covers the basic physiological aspects of exercise and sport which will be further developed in subsequent modules.

Course content

In this module, physiological mechanisms, responses and their assessments will be taught and demonstrated to enhance understanding of the topic. Moreover, the students will be introduced to the acute physiological responses to exercise and physiological assessment techniques during practicals for better understanding of human physiology and as a foundation for future modules. Lectures will contain essential physiological mechanisms and systems for understanding the human physiology.

Assessment Criteria


Assignments (5) on Blackboard will be MCQs; to pass the module assignments (D), a combination of about 40% of the MCQ questions need to be answered correctly, plus practical reports need to be submitted at least with visible successful data collection.


To pass the module assignments with category C, the assignments (5) on Blackboard have been answered with 52% of the questions correctly and practical reports contain data collection and simple interpretation are confirmed by the supervisor of the practicals.


To pass the module assignments (5) with A, about 70% of MCQs on Blackboard need to be answered correctly with practical reports showing visible clear successful data collection, graphs and interpretation of experiments

Learning outcomes

  1. Explain selected principles in human physiology

  2. Discuss some of the body’s acute physiological responses to exercise

  3. Demonstrate that they can solve physiological problems

  4. Record and analyse physiological data

  5. Describe and explain fundamental human physiological processes

  6. Use of equipment for measurement of physiological parameters

Assessment Methods

Type Name Description Weight
EXAM mcq test 30
EXAM mcq 2 test 30
LOGBOOK OR PORTFOLIO lab 3 report 6.7
REPORT Lab Practical 4 report 6.6
REPORT Lab practical 5 report 6.7
REPORT Lab practical 6 report 6.7
REPORT Lab Report Practical 2 6.7
REPORT Lab Report Practical 1 6.7

Teaching and Learning Strategy

Practical classes and workshops

Demonstrations and practicals teaching physiological assessment methods and performing experiments on humans; collecting and analyzing, as well as reporting and interpreting data

Private study

Private studies will be supported with lecture slides on Blackboard and recommended literature; MCQ assignments will support private studies


Lectures and online sessions will enable students to learn essentials of Human Physiology and its relation to exercise and sport. Online sessions will work on selected questions/material and will enable students to interact and engage with the lecturer and fellow students solving problems and difficulties related to the subject and to build a more comprehensive understanding of topics.


Transferable skills

  • Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
  • Numeracy - Proficiency in using numbers at appropriate levels of accuracy
  • Computer Literacy - Proficiency in using a varied range of computer software
  • Self-Management - Able to work unsupervised in an efficient, punctual and structured manner. To examine the outcomes of tasks and events, and judge levels of quality and importance
  • Exploring - Able to investigate, research and consider alternatives
  • Critical analysis & Problem Solving - Able to deconstruct and analyse problems or complex situations. To find solutions to problems through analyses and exploration of all possibilities using appropriate methods, rescources and creativity.
  • Safety-Consciousness - Having an awareness of your immediate environment, and confidence in adhering to health and safety regulations
  • Teamwork - Able to constructively cooperate with others on a common task, and/or be part of a day-to-day working team
  • Mentoring - Able to support, help, guide, inspire and/or coach others
  • Management - Able to utilise, coordinate and control resources (human, physical and/or financial)
  • Self-awareness & Reflectivity - Having an awareness of your own strengths, weaknesses, aims and objectives. Able to regularly review, evaluate and reflect upon the performance of yourself and others
  • Leadership - Able to lead and manage, develop action plans and objectives, offer guidance and direction to others, and cope with the related pressures such authority can result in

Subject specific skills

  • research and assess paradigms, theories, principles, concepts and factual information, and apply such skills in explaining and solving problems
  • critically assess and evaluate data and evidence in the context of research methodologies and data sources
  • describe, synthesise, interpret, analyse and evaluate information and data relevant to a professional or vocational context
  • apply knowledge to the solution of familiar and unfamiliar problems
  • work effectively independently and with others
  • project manage and execute practical activities using appropriate techniques and procedures whilst demonstrating high levels of relevant skills
  • demonstrate evidence of competence in the scientific methods of enquiry, and interpretation and analysis of relevant data and statistical outputs.
  • develop transferable skills of relevance to careers outside of sport, health and exercise sciences.
  • demonstrate effective robust data collection methods


Resource implications for students

Introduction to Human Physiology, Lauralee Sherwood, Brooks/Cole 2012 or later Fundamentals of Anatomy and Physiology, Martini, Nath, Bartholomew, Pearson 2014 or later Essentials of Human Anatomy & Physiology, Elaine N. Marieb, Pearson, 2014 and later editions. Hole’s Essentials of Human Anatomy & Physiology, D. Shier, J. Butler, R. Lewis, McGraw-Hill, 2014 and later editions. Widmaier EP, Raff H, Strang KT: Vander, Sherman, &Luciano’s Human Physiology, McGraw-Hill, 2007 or later

Reading list

Links: ebooks available from University library: Essentials of Human Anatomy and Physiology (; Fundamentals of Anatomy and Physiology (

Courses including this module

Compulsory in courses: