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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Introduction to Physiological Systems
Module Code BE226
School School of Biotechnology
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Phil Cummins
Semester 2: Phil Cummins
Autumn: Phil Cummins
Module TeachersPaul Cahill
Phil Cummins
Naomi Walsh
Denise Harold
Linda Holland
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Repeat examination

This module will equip students with a good working knowledge of how cells, tissues and organs collectively give rise to complex physiological systems that maintain bodily homeostasis. Specific focus will be placed on understanding how major physiological systems are regulated and how they work in an integrated fashion to drive biological responses within the body. The main systems covered include: Cardiovascular, Endocrine, Nervous, Respiratory, Urinary, and Digestive systems.

Learning Outcomes

1. LO1: Describe the major systems of the body and understand how they are regulated in an integrated fashion to maintain bodily homeostasis.
2. LO2: Understand how disease pathologies arise as a result of system dysregulation.
3. LO3: Understand how drug interactions can be used to modify physiological system responses.
4. LO4: Correlate basic cell biology principals to physiological systems.
5. LO5: Appreciate the value of physiology as an experimental and clinical science discipline.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture24Online lectures and tutorials in human physiology, regulation and disease.
Independent Study101Independent, self-directed learning time and reading.
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Physiological Systems & Cell Biology
1. Introduction to Anatomy & Physiology; 2. Homeostasis & “Integrative” Physiology; 3. Cardiovascular System; 4. Endocrine System; 5. Nervous System; 6. Respiratory System; 7. Digestive System; 8. Urinary System; Thematic focus for each system: (i) Health; (ii) Disease & research models; (iii) Translational medicine & clinical practice.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Loop QuizFormative assessment of course content in areas of homeostasis, cardiovascular system, endocrine system and nervous system (e.g. Online MCQ).10%Week 6
Loop QuizFormative assessment of course content in areas of renal, digestive and respiratory systems (e.g. Online MCQ).10%Week 12
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • Martini, Nath, and Bartholomew: 2015, Fundamentals of Anatomy & Physiology, Pearson,
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