AP1A27-Introductory Physiology

Module Provider: School of Agriculture, Policy and Development
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Co-requisites: AP1A18 Digestion and Nutrition
Modules excluded: BI1BH12 Human Physiology
Module version for: 2016/7

Module Convenor: Dr Rachael Neal

Email: r.a.neal@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:

This module aims to support students in developing a fundamental understanding of how animals and humans function as integrated biological systems, through study of the anatomical structure and function of selected major tissues and organ systems. Homeostatic regulation in endotherms in response to internal and external factors is addressed, as are essential concepts in ectothermic animal physiology. The concept of comparative study is introduced, appreciating the common and contrasting biological functioning of humans and a range of animals.

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of the module, the student will be able to
•Describe and discuss how endothermic organisms function as integrated homeostatic systems along with essential aspects of physiology of regulation in ectotherms
•Describe and compare the anatomical structures and physiological functioning of the cardiovascular, respiratory, renal and nervous systems, and of muscle, bone and selected connective tissues, in humans and selected animals.

Additional outcomes:
Students will gain experience of:
•Working as a team to prepare a presentation
•Delivering an oral presentation
•Constructing and delivering a poster presentation

Outline content:
The lecture content covers:
•Essential concepts in physiology and its importance in animal science
•The organisation of body systems
•Homeostasis and response to internal and external environments
•Anatomy and physiology of the:
oCardiovascular system
oRespiratory system
oNervous system
oRenal system
oBlood, bone, skin, feathers, hair and other connective tissues

N.b. Digestive anatomy and physiology is not covered in this module as this is dealt with in detail in AP1A18 Digestion and Nutrition (co-requisite).

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
There will be a 2-hour lecture or seminar (with a short break in the middle) each week along with a student led poster session and presentation session.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 19 16
Seminars 1 4
Guided independent study 80 80
Total hours by term 100.00 100.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 50
Written assignment including essay 25
Oral assessment and presentation 25

Other information on summative assessment:
Poster explaining the comparative anatomy and physiology of a specified organ system (25%) and a small group (2-3 students) presentation on homeostatic control (25%)

Formative assessment methods:
Students will be encouraged to self-assess their development of physiology knowledge through use of question sheets which will be available at intervals during the module.

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convenor will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.

  • where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at: http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/FILES/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmission.pdf
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Length of examination:
    A 1.5 hour paper containing 50 MCQ questions

    Requirements for a pass:
    A mark of 40% overall.

    Reassessment arrangements:
    By examination in August/September.

    Last updated: 8 August 2016

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