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Basics of Human Physiology (PHYS20080)
Credits 5 Subject Physiology
Level 2 School Medicine
Semester   Information Semester Two Module Coordinator Dr Christine Costello

This module serves as an introduction to four major organ systems that contribute to the control of the internal environment (homeostasis). Physiologically, homeostasis is the body's attempt to maintain a constant and balanced internal environment for living processes to take place, which requires persistent monitoring and adjustments, as external conditions change.
(1) Topics covered in the cardiovascular component of this module include the structure and function of the heart, blood vessels, lymphatic vessels and the regulated flow of oxygen and nutrients to the vascular tissues of the body.
(2) The respiratory system component will begin with an introduction to the lungs and the histology of airway/gas exchange regions before covering topics such as the mechanics of ventilation, how lung function is measured (spirometry) and gas exchange in the alveoli and tissue.
(3) The gastrointestinal tract (GIT) component will describe the functional histology of the GIT and regulation of gastro-intestinal processes will be examined.
(4) The urinary tract component of this module will provide an introduction to the structure of the kidneys, ureters and bladder, before examining the role the kidneys play in regulating the balance of solutes and water in the body.

Curricular information is subject to change