Module MSE-3010:
Applied Physiology

Module Facts

Run by School of Medical Sciences

20 Credits or 10 ECTS Credits

Semester 1 & 2

Organiser: Dr Alyson Moyes

Overall aims and purpose

This final module will integrate previous modules of foundation and clinical physiology. The module will aim to emphasise the importance of physiology in the interpretation of investigations and the delivery of therapies by employing clinical focused teaching. This will enable the student to develop a understanding of the role of physiology in a Clinical setting. This will draw heavily from previous acquisition of an understanding of the normal/abnormal physiology of the human body.

Course content

This final module gives the students an opportunity to explore and apply the clinical application of their knowledge to the physiology of the body. Again each system will be reviewed with students able to apply their knowledge.

Students will learn about the presentation, physiology, treatment and evaluation of a number of different conditions.

Assessment Criteria


Category D (40%-49%):

Basic factual information only based on teaching notes, generally accurate but with some errors or gaps.

The difference between the marks reflects the knowledge gaps and the weaknesses of the argument.

C- to C+

Category C (50-59%):

Reasonably comprehensive coverage, indicating generally accurate understanding, based on lecture material and some core readings.


Category B (60%-69%):

Comprehensive and accurate coverage, showing good use of teaching material and core readings. Is able to demonstrate good knowledge of human physiology and the structures that make up the body. Evidence of some wider reading. Materials largely based on module information.


Category A (70%-100%):

Has sophisticated knowledge of human physiology and the structures that make up the body. Very comprehensive and accurate coverage, indicating that the student has gone beyond the core readings and explored the topic in depth.

Evidence of wider reading & critical thinking is required for A+ and A* marks.

Learning outcomes

  1. Understand the therapeutic approach to underlying physiological dysfunction

  2. Understand the importance of a disease process and the outcome of intervention

  3. Demonstrate an understanding of both normal and abnormal physiology

  4. Correlate physiological measurements with clinical scenarios and organ function.

  5. Interpret a given result to a particular clinical condition, e.g. agranulocytosis

Assessment Methods

Type Name Description Weight
EXAM MCQ (Learning outcomes 1-5) 40
EXAM Exam Essay Answer Paper (Learning outcomes 1-5) 60

Teaching and Learning Strategy


20 x 2 hour Lectures

Private study

Self-directed study where students are expected to read around the subject area and build upon their understanding of the taught material delivered in lectures. As well as dedicating time to work on their coursework and revise for upcoming examinations.


Transferable skills

  • Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
  • Numeracy - Proficiency in using numbers at appropriate levels of accuracy
  • 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.
  • 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


Reading list

Muir's textbook of pathology 2014 (Book Argymhellir ei ddarllen - Recommended Reading)

Pathophysiology: the biologic basis for disease in adults and children 2014 (Book Argymhellir ei ddarllen - Recommended Reading)

Ganong's review of medical physiology - Kim E. Barrett, Susan M. Barman, Scott Boitano, Heddwen L. Brooks 2016 (Book Argymhellir ei ddarllen - Recommended Reading)

Kumar & Clark's clinical medicine 2017 [i.e. 2016 (Book Darllen Ehangach - Wider Reading Darllen Ehangach - Wider Reading 201617)