SP0470 - Fundamentals of Human Physiology

What will I learn on this module?

This module will provide you with the foundation knowledge required for later modules on energetics and exercise physiology. In this module you will learn about the structure and way in which the different physiological systems of the body work. In addition, you will learn about how these systems are controlled both at rest and during exercise. The control of these systems is important for later modules which examine the limits to how the body works which could be during disease as well as exercise. The major physiological systems to be examined will be the cardiovascular, respiratory, bioenergetic, muscular and nervous systems.

How will I learn on this module?

You will learn through lectures, laboratory practicals, seminars/workshops and directed reading and lab book tasks. Each week you will receive a lecture, providing a theoretical overview of the weekly content. A laboratory practical will follow, which will provide you with hands on experience of the taught theoretical material delivered in the lecture. Finally, you will attend a tutor supported seminar which will give you the opportunity to engage effectively with the data collected in your laboratory practical sessions. During laboratory practicals you will work in Northumbria’s BASES accredited laboratories, which are fully equipped with the latest industry equipment. You will be provided with a laboratory practical book at the start of this module. This will facilitate data collection during your laboratory practicals but will also include weekly problem-driven tasks (based on the lab practical content) which will be discussed in the seminars.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Module information, assessment requirements and expectations and important module announcements will be made through the eLP. Material to support lectures (but not necessarily seminars or laboratory practical’s) will be uploaded in advance of sessions. You will be provided with content verbally and guided through tasks during timetabled sessions. The Module Leader is there to support you with any queries that you may have about the module content, however if you have any question or queries about the module content, all staff members provide 4 hours of tutorial support per week. Tutors can be accessed via email, or using the online booking system (youcanbook.me) which can be accessed via your mobile phone or computer.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
On successful completion of the module you will be able to:
1. identify the major structures of the cell, the cardiovascular, respiratory, muscular, nervous and metabolic systems and explain how these systems function.
2. explain how the cell, the cardiovascular, respiratory, muscular, nervous and metabolic systems are regulated at rest and during exercise.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
On successful completion of the module you will be able to:
1. collect and analyse data using a range of laboratory equipment.
2. interpret data to deduce the control mechanisms




Module abstract

When you watch sport, have you ever wondered how the human body is capable of such incredible sporting feats? This module will examine the different physiological systems that enable these feats to be achieved. It will examine the cardiovascular, respiratory muscular, nervous and metabolic systems. As part of this module you will work in state of the art, accredited laboratories to collect data that will put the lecture material in to a sport and exercise context. These laboratories will require you to develop research data collection skills, IT skills to analyse the data and enquiry skills.

Course info

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years Full Time

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2022

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