module specification

SP4051 - Human Physiology (2022/23)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2022/23
Module title Human Physiology
Module level Certificate (04)
Credit rating for module 15
School School of Human Sciences
Total study hours 150
6 hours Assessment Preparation / Delivery
111 hours Guided independent study
33 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 60%   Lab questions written report
Unseen Examination 40%   Online Exam (1 hour)
Attendance Requirement 0%   Practical Attendance
Running in 2022/23

(Please note that module timeslots are subject to change)
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Autumn semester North Monday All day
Autumn semester North Monday Morning

Module summary

This module introduces students to the theoretical and practical aspects of human anatomy and physiology in health and disease. It is designed to provide Sport degree programme students with a fundamental knowledge relevant to the continued study of Exercise Physiology This module aims to provide students, through lectures, tutorials and practical classes, with a sound knowledge of human body structure using appropriate anatomical nomenclature and an in-depth understanding of the physiology of selected body systems. The module will also aim to introduce basic concepts in immunology and pathology which are recurring themes in study at Levels 5 and 6.

Prior learning requirements

Entry Requirements


This module will introduce to students the concept of homeostasis within a physiological context, highlighting where appropriate the relationship between the failure of homeostasis and the resulting disease.
This module will also instruct students on anatomical terminology and how such terms can be applied to describing the location of body structures and their spatial relationship to one other.
The structure, function and regulation of human physiological systems will be covered in –depth, and laboratory sessions will allow students to measure and evaluate cardiopulmonary function as it relates to the transition from a state of rest to one of exercise.

Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity

Student learning and understanding of human anatomy and physiology will be developed through an integrated programme of lectures, practical sessions, tutorials, directed coursework and on-line resources.
Lectures will be used to provide a conceptual framework and introduce students to the fundamental aspects of anatomical and physiological sciences.  Tutorials will be used to expand knowledge into more applied areas of anatomy and physiology, often using case-study approaches.  Students will be expected to prepare for tutorial sessions by reviewing appropriate material and devoting study time to problem-solving exercises.
Practical sessions will expand students’ knowledge and understanding of applied anatomy and physiology.  These sessions are also used to emphasise the need to record experimental data rapidly and accurately, to produce and interpret results obtained from the sessions  and to present material in a clear and appropriate scientific style.
A web based virtual learning environment is available to support, reinforce and test student understanding through the use of on-line quizzes and access to additional learning resources.  Students would be expected to use the on-line resources for assisted study.

Learning outcomes

On completing the module students will be able to:
LO1: Use appropriate anatomical terminology to describe the structures and compartments of the human body and their spatial orientation and explain the concept of homeostasis and describe how constancy of the internal environment is controlled.
LO2: Describe the major features of human physiological systems, the location of the major constitutive organs, and their anatomical and functional relations to each other.
LO3: Apply relevant tests to gather and interpret basic scientific data and provide coherent written analysis of data.
LO4: Understand ‘oxygen uptake kinetics’ at rest and during incremental exercise.

Assessment strategy

Assessments have been designed to provide students with a diverse range of tasks that maintain interest and encourage engagement. This breadth also ensures the development of a greater number of key skills.

The first assessment (001) will be a coursework science report which will cover material collected in Physiology lab practical work and related to the cardiovascular and respiratory lecture content. This will give students the opportunity to review material which has built week on week and respond to questions posed regarding its detail and context. The exam will test students recall but also the level of understanding behind some of the sports concepts that have been presented over the module so far. Feedback will be given in class and in writing and enable the reflective process.

The second assessment (002) will be a ‘Multiple choice question’ exam conducted online during the Autumn assessment period. This will cover material from the Physiology covered in the first semester which is critical to progression into the second semester of Exercise Physiology teaching.