Introduction to Medical Sciences

Module code: BS0012

This module is designed to refresh your knowledge on human anatomy and physiology. We will provide a comprehensive introduction to basic medical concepts to help you grasp the diversity and biological importance of microbial life, and the meaning of a microbiome. By engaging with basic medical concepts surrounding human anatomy and physiology, you will gain an appreciation for the organisation of complex organisms from molecule to body. This module will develop your study skills for effective working within the university environment, and help you to identify areas for improvement. 

Topics covered

  • The basis of human physiology, homeostasis and anatomy 
  • Nerve impulses and synaptic transmission
  • The 3 muscle types
  • Cell-to-cell communication
  • Receptors and pharmacology
  • Cardiovascular Physiology 
  • Peripheral and autonomic nervous system 
  • Gastrointestinal tract 
  • Co-ordination of responses: hormones
  • Regulation of glucose utilisation 
  • Introduction to immunology 
  • Regulation of glucose utilisation 
  • Thyroid hormones

Learning

  • 20 hours of lectures
  • 20 hours of practical classes and workshops
  • 20 hours of tutorials
  • 240 hours of guided independent study

Assessment

  • Essay (40%)
  • Exam, 2 hours (60%)