Module MSE-1021:
Physiology (& Anatomy)

Module Facts

Run by School of Medical Sciences

20 Credits or 10 ECTS Credits

Semester 1 & 2

Organiser: Dr Dylan Jones

Overall aims and purpose

Students successfully completing this first year module should have developed a basic understanding of human physiology and mammalian histology in preparation for subsequent second year modules.

Course content

The aim of this module is to provide the students with basic knowledge of the anatomy, physiology and histology of humans in health. The course introduces the students to the development of the human body, and looks in more detail at various body systems including; circulatory, respiratory, digestive, endocrine, renal, nervous, reproductive and musculo-skeletal systems, with tissues and organs observed both macroscopically and microscopically.

Assessment Criteria


B- to B+ A good student should have a thorough factual knowledge across all aspects of the module, and be able to detail examples where appropriate. The work shows a thorough understanding based on the presented material. The argument is logic and well supported.


D- to D+ A threshold student should have basic knowledge of the essential facts and key concepts of human physiology and histology presented in the module. The work incompletely covers the module material and there may be no argument and lack of examples & support.

C- to C+

C- to C+

A student would have a sound knowledge across most aspects of the module, and be able to detail examples where appropriate. The work shows an understanding based on the presented material. The argument may have gaps and lacks support.


A- to A
An excellent student should have a thorough factual knowledge across all aspects of the module and be able to detailed examples where appropriate, supported by additional reading and knowledge drawn from other modules. Evidence of critical thinking and wider reading is essential for A+ and A

Learning outcomes

  1. Relate the structure of various cell types to their function.

  2. Demonstrate an ability relate physiology of a macroscopic level to the histological microscopic level.

  3. Demonstrate an understanding of the anatomy and physiology of various human body systems, including: endocrine, renal, cardiovascular, respiratory, reproductive, nervous, gastro-intestinal and musculoskeletal systems.

  4. Demonstrate a basic knowledge of the control mechanisms which regulate signalling pathways.

Assessment Methods

Type Name Description Weight
COURSEWORK Audio-Visual Assignment

Students will be required to produce a 5 minute podcast/video presentation on a given topic. This presentation should aim to introduce their topic to a lay audience.

COURSEWORK Critical Thinking

Students will complete a set of critical thinking questions which will assess depth of knowledge and critical application of Semester 1 and 2 knowledge.

EXAM End of Semester 1 Exam

Exam will be divided into two sections: Section A will comprise of short answer questions relating to cell and tissue recognition. Section B will comprise of 25 eMCQ questions. Each section will be equally weighted.

EXAM End of Semester 2 Exam

Exam will be divided into two sections: Section A will comprise of short answer questions relating to cell and tissue recognition. Section B will comprise of 25 eMCQ questions. Each section will be equally weighted.


Teaching and Learning Strategy

Private study 152

IT Support Sessions for AV assignment.


Semester 1: 10x 2 hour lectures 1x 2 hour revision session

Semester 2 10x 2 hour lecture 1x 2 hour revision


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
  • Information retrieval - Able to access different and multiple sources of information
  • Inter-personal - Able to question, actively listen, examine given answers and interact sensitevely with others
  • 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
  • Presentation - Able to clearly present information and explanations to an audience. Through the written or oral mode of communication accurately and concisely.
  • Teamwork - Able to constructively cooperate with others on a common task, and/or be part of a day-to-day working team
  • Argument - Able to put forward, debate and justify an opinion or a course of action, with an individual or in a wider group setting
  • 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

Subject specific skills

Medicine benchmarks:

Knowledge & understanding of the anatomical, physiological and biochemical processes related to cellular, musculo-skeletal and cardiovascular function, in terms of both normal and diseased states. (benchmarks: 4.2.a, b, d, e, f, g, h)

Knowledge & understanding of the psychological concepts of health, illness and disease. (benchmarks: 4.2. j, k, n)

Be able to make accurate observations of clinical phenomena and appropriate critical analysis of clinical data. (benchmark: 6.2.1)

Synthesise information from a variety of sources to aid knowledge and understanding of medical sciences. (benchmark: 6.1.b)

Analyse, evaluate and interpret the research evidence underpinning medical sciences. (benchmark: 5.2)

Will have gained transferable employability skills in presentation, numeracy, statistics, problem solving. (benchmark: 5.1)

Biomedical Science benchmarks:

The programme aims to give students a comprehension of scientific investigation of human diseases based on human systems. Upon graduation students should have acquired good knowledge and experience of the following areas including health and disease (theoretical, analytical and practical aspects): Cellular Pathology, Human Physiology and Anatomy. (benchmarks: 5.1; 5.3; 5.5)

On successful completion of the course, students will be able to engage with essential facts, major concepts, principles and theories associated with human anatomy and physiology. (benchmark: 6.4)

Graduates will be able to apply their knowledge to a professional, evidence-based approach to research into the pathogenesis and origins of disease processes and the diagnosis and monitoring of disorders. (benchmark: 6.2)

Biomedical sciences graduates should recognise and apply subject-specific theories, paradigms, concepts or principles to reach evidence-based decisions. (benchmark: 4.2)

To be able to receive and respond to a variety of sources of information (textual, numerical, verbal, graphical), carry out sample selection, produce record scientific records & analyse data within a statistical context (an understanding of statistical significance and statistical power), and to communicate the outcomes to a variety of audiences using a range of formats, media and approaches including the avoidance of plagiarism. (benchmark: 4.4; 4.5)


Pre- and Co-requisite Modules