Module Title:Physiology
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 10
NFQ Level:6
Module Delivered In 4 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: This course will be delivered in three theory classes of one hour duration for thirty weeks and 1 practical hour per week for fifteen weeks in term 1. Lectures will include power point presentations, group discussions, and any course-related issue or questions that may arise will be discussed at lectures. Practicals will be delivered in the Physiology Laboratory, lecture and lab notes will be available on Blackboard.
Module Aim: To provide the student with an understanding of the function and control of the cardiovascular, respiratory, integumentary, renal, endocrine and digestive systems.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Demonstrate a detailed knowledge and understanding of the physiology behind the cardiovascular, respiratory, integumentary, urinary, endocrine and digestive organ systems of the body
LO2 Have a broad overview of the context of these organ systems with regards to other modules on their prorgramme
LO3 Demonstrate an understanding of the rationale behind certain cardiovascular and respiratory investigatory procedures
LO4 Carry out laboratory investigations to examine certain cardiovascular and respiratory functions
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is recommended before enrolment in this module.

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Incompatible Modules
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Co-requisite Modules
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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Theory Section 1 - Term 1
In depth physiology of the cardiac system, examining the functioning of the heart in detail. Detailed physiology of the blood system and how it relates to cardiac and respiratory system. Comprehensive physiology of the respiratory system and how it relates to the cardiac and blood systems.
Theory Section 2.1 The Integumentary System
Structure and function of integumentary system. Skin wound healing, skin cancers, burns, ageing
Theory Section 2.2: The Urinary System
Structure and function of the urinary system, and detailed physiology of the processes involved in urine production and micturition. Overview of processes involved in fluid, electrolyte and acid-base balance
Theory Section 2.3: The Endocrine System
Classification of hormones and overview of the location of the major endocrine glands. Major actions and feedback regulation of the hormones produced by the Hypothalamus, Pituitary, Thyroid, Parathyroid, Adrenal glands and Pancreas
Theory Section 2.4. The Digestive System:
Overview of the structure, function and actions of the digestive tract and of the accessory structures and organs including the salivary glands, pancreas, liver and gallbladder
1. Electrocardiograph; students will carry out ECG’s, interrupt data and report their findings. 2. Arterial Blood Pressure examination; students will learn how to take blood pressure and interrupt their findings 3. Lung volumes and capacities; students will carry out lung volume capacities and interrupt the data
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment30.00%
End of Module Formal Examination60.00%
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Multiple Choice Questions There will be two continuous assessments, one midway during term 1 and the other mdiway during term 2, each worth 15% 1,2 30.00 Week 6
No Project
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Practical/Skills Evaluation Laboratory practicals 3,4 10.00 n/a
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam There will be a final written paper of 3 hours duration, including multiple choice sections and long questions 1,2,3 60.00 End-of-Semester

ITCarlow reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture 30 Weeks per Stage 3.00
Laboratory 30 Weeks per Stage 0.50
Estimated Learner Hours 30 Weeks per Stage 2.50
Total Hours 180.00

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