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Unit information: Integrative Physiology in 2021/22

Unit name Integrative Physiology
Unit code PHPH20008
Credit points 20
Level of study I/5
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Dr. Goodhead
Open unit status Not open

PHPH10017 & PHPH10018 or PHPH10014



School/department School of Physiology, Pharmacology & Neuroscience
Faculty Faculty of Life Sciences


This unit focuses on aspects of integrative (or systems) physiology, including exercise, biological stress response, foetal physiology, ageing and temperature control.

The unit includes a four week extended research practical project and a four week library project.

The aims are:

• To provide systematic coverage of integrated topics in systems physiology

• To provide a link between the first and third year of the Physiology programme in content

• To further develop transferable and scientific skills in preparation for the final year of the programme

These aims will be accomplished through lectures, research practical, directed self-education and independent work. A focus will be on gaining experimental skills through involvement in an extended research practical.

Intended learning outcomes

By the end of this unit students should (Mapping to Physiology programme learning outcomes in brackets):

  1. Be able to give accounts of integrative physiology such as nutrition, foetal physiology, temperature regulation, muscle and exercise and ageing (A6)
  2. Be able to synthesise, understand, manage and summarise information from a number of sources (B1, C4)
  3. Be able to contribute to designing a short research project guided by preliminary information (B2)
  4. Be able to interpret and manipulate scientific data (B3)
  5. Apply scientific method (B5)
  6. Be able to communicate clearly in writing (C1)
  7. Work effectively as part of a team (C2)
  8. Be able to use IT facilities for data handling and presentation of written work (C3)
  9. Manage own time effectively (C5)
  10. Plan projects and problem solve (C6)

Teaching details

  • Lectures (30)
  • Extended Research Practical (3hrs; 4 weeks)
  • Library Project (3hrs; 4 weeks)
  • Class tutorials (4: library projects; experimental reports; DIQ; essay writing)

Assessment Details

Coursework 30%

1. Extended research practical, 2500 words (15%)

2. Library Project, 2500 words (15%)

This course will require the Neurophysiology or equivalent unit that includes the relevant skills as a co-requisite, thus students taking this unit will have already undertaken short practical reports and essay writing as part of another second year biomedical sciences unit. These exercises will support the coursework that they encounter on the Integrative Physiology unit. In addition, the summative coursework will be supported by class tutorials on producing extended practical reports and library projects.

End of unit assessment 70%

1. Short answer/MCQ paper (20%)

2. Essay paper (50%)


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