Undergraduate Course: Physiology Core (PYBM10030)
|School||Deanery of Biomedical Sciences
||College||College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||The aims of the course are to illustrate broadly the essence of physiological science ¿the study of how genes & their products integrate into the function of cells, whole tissues and intact organisms¿ and will consider:
Physiological function: WHY does a physiological system exist?
Physiological mechanism: HOW does a physiological process work?
It will consider underpinning physiological concepts and approaches to study, interrogate & quantify physiology and include practice in analytical and data handling skills.
In particular, the Honours year offers you the opportunity to develop your own interests expects you to be self-motivated and take personal responsibility for pursuing goals. You will be supported to develop as an independent researcher who can reflect and think critically about a topic and present your ideas effectively as a skilled communicator.
The module will comprise:
- A series of ¿Physiology in Action¿ seminars
- Skills sessions with student exercises on oral presentations, writing of essays and press releases, statistical analysis, scientific paper analysis.
- A Grant Review Panel class activity, in which students will review and discuss mock grant applications
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
|Additional Costs|| 0
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2021/22, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 27,
Feedback/Feedforward Hours 3,
Formative Assessment Hours 4,
Summative Assessment Hours 2,
Revision Session Hours 3,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
75% written exam
||Feedback session will be held for assessments these include:
Feedback Session for essay
Feedback on Semester 1 exams
Feedback session on practice Synoptic exam
Feedback session on practice Paper Analysis Exam
Feedback Session for grant proposal
Feedback on project presentation
||Hours & Minutes
|Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)||3:00|
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Develop an understanding of physiological concepts and appreciation of the research approaches used to study, interrogate & quantify physiology. This will help you to understand research papers, and will aid in all parts of the programme.
- Develop critical and reflective research skills through learning how to interpret, analyse and evaluate scientific papers and the physiological data in them.
- Develop independent research and enquiry skills: including critical evaluation of physiological research to identify and generate testable hypotheses with relevant research approaches through the research dissertation and grant proposal.
- Develop diverse communication skills through presenting data effectively in written and oral presentations; communicating research in lay terms through, for example, the press release; demonstrating knowledge and critical evaluation of physiological research through, for example, the synoptic essay, research dissertation and grant proposal.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Additional Class Delivery Information
|Course organiser||Dr Carole Torsney
Tel: (0131 6)51 9881
|Course secretary||Mr Stewart Smith