Module Overview

Principles of Systems Biology

This module will provide a foundation in biological science and aims to develop an overview of the structure, functions and organisation of biotic systems and to refine a questioning attitude appropriate to scientific enquiry and systematic methodology. The module systematically reviews the physiology of the main mammalian body systems and provides a basic understanding of the organisation of the human body and how the body works. The lectures are synchronised with laboratory work so that the student can achieve a fundamental appreciation of the nature of biological systems by interpreting microscopical preparations and mammalian dissection.

Module Code

TFBG 1002

ECTS Credits


*Curricular information is subject to change

1.         basic structure and functions of the human physiological systems

2.         excretory system

3.         circulatory system and blood groups

4.         physiology of digestion and absorption in the gastrointestinal tract

5.         the endocrine system

6.         the skeletal system

7.         lymphatic system and immunity

8.         gas-exchange mechanisms

9.         reproductive system

10.       plant histology and Photosynthesis

11.       enzyme structure and regulation. Industrial uses of enzymes

12.       protein synthesis and the genetic code

Lectures, VLE, Labs

Online resources

Pre-laboratory preparatory videos e.g. YouTube and quizzes outlining the learning outcomes.

Module Content & Assessment
Assessment Breakdown %
Formal Examination60
Other Assessment(s)40