Module Overview

Medical Physiology

This module extends the study of physiology by discussing the control of body systems.  The effects of the body’s response to disease challenge will be explored.  This module will form the basis for further study of pathologies.

Module Code

BIOL 2803

ECTS Credits


*Curricular information is subject to change

Lectures and Tutorials:

Control of body systems:  Endocrine and neural control.  The structure and function of glands and nervous tissues.  The motor and sensory control centres and reflex pathways.

Fluid, electrolyte and acid/base balance.  Response of the body to disturbances.  Acidosis, Oedema, Hypertension, Metabolic syndrome and obesity.

Diseases of the Endocrine system:  Pituitary, Thyroid, Pancreatic (diabetes), Adrenal

Diseases of the Circulatory system:  Heart structural and functional Disease , vascular diseases (Atherosclerosis, microvascular disease, coronary artery disease and venous disease)

Diseases of the Neuromuscular System, including:  Multiple Sclerosis, Myasthenia Gravis, Muscular dystrophy, Epilepsy.  Sleep disorders.

Diseases of the Respiratory system: Asthma, COPD, Pulmonary fibrosis, Sarcoidosis and Cystic Fibrosis.  Diseases of the Liver and Kidney.  NFLD, Cirrhosis, Chronic renal failure.

The Immune system in body defence and role in disease:

Analysis of cells of the innate and specific immune responses. B cell responses and antibody structure and function; T cell responses and subsets; Response to acute and chronic inflammation. The immune system in disease, including: allergy, immune deficiency and autoimmunity. The process of physiological and pathological cell changes.

This module will be delivered over one semester with a total of 48 contact hours. The module will use a mixture of lecture (36h) and workshops/tutorials (9h).

Module Content & Assessment
Assessment Breakdown %
Other Assessment(s)100