Module Title:Human Physiology
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:6
Module Delivered In 1 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: Lectures, tutorials and laboratory practical classes; in-class quizzes/puzzles; video/CD animations; online learning; peer assessment using online assessment resources (PeerWise); peer learning using web-enabled and in-class student response systems (e.g. Kahoot); self-directed learning.
Module Aim: The aim of this module is to provide a fundamental basis in the knowledge of human physiology- how the body is organised from cell to organ system, and how the systems interact
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 To understand the organisation of the human body; from the cellular level to the organisation of organs and organ systems
LO2 Discuss the structure and function of the body systems studied
LO3 Understand the fundamentals of the human body and disease- how the organ systems can be affected and how they can be treated
LO4 Develop computer and communication skills through report writing, laboratory investigations, and the use of library and online academic resources.
Pre-requisite learning
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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Introduction to Cell structure and Function
Overview of eukaryotic cell structure; cell organelle and cell membrane structure and function.
Tissue Structure and Organisation
The four main tissue types-Epithelia, connective tissue, muscle and nervous tissue. Theory will be supplemented with laboratory based histological slide examination
Endocrine System
General function and organisation of the endocrine system. General mechanisms of hormone control. Role of hormones, and receptors; Role of the hypothalamus pituitary unit in the maintenance of homeostasis; Role of the endocrine system in reproduction, fertility, lactation and menopause
Cardiovascular System
Organisation of the cardiovascular system; blood vessels; the heart; blood pressure and regulation of blood pressure ; Types of blood cells; pharmaceutical therapies of the cardiovascular system
Respiratory System
Structure and function of human respiratory system; Diseases and conditions of respiratory system and pharmaceutical therapies and intervention
The Musculoskeletal System
General organisation, structure and function of the human nervous system including the peripheral nervous systems and central nervous system; Role of the autonomic nervous system in the maintenance of homeostasis; Role of neurotransmitters and receptors; Structure and function of the central nervous system; Diseases affecting the nervous system.
Human Immune System
Overview of innate and acquired immunity; Cellular and humoural components of the human immune system; Inflammation, allergies and infection; Vaccines and the use of immunological techniques
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment100.00%
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Other Continuous assessment will be based on several methods of assessment, including Research project, Peer Reviewed E-Flashcards presentations, In-class MCQ examinations, Case studies and Laboratory based written reports. 1,2,3,4 100.00 n/a
No Project
No Practical
No End of Module Formal Examination

SETU Carlow Campus reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture 12 Weeks per Stage 2.00
Lab/Lecture 12 Weeks per Stage 1.00
Independent Learning 15 Weeks per Stage 5.93
Total Hours 125.00

Module Delivered In

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CW_SAPHA_C Higher Certificate in Science in Pharmacy Technician Studies 1 Mandatory