This module introduces you to the basics of cell biology and human and animal physiology. The first part of the module focuses on the structure and organisation of eukaryotic cells. This includes sections on membranes and membrane-bound organelles, and the flow of materials inside the cell. Comparisons between eukaryotic and prokaryotic cells will be made. The second part of the module covers physiology and includes underlying concepts such as homeostasis (how the body maintains a stable internal environment), and outlines in more detail the cardiovascular system, endocrinology, immunology and neurophysiology. It aims to highlight the important relationships between these systems and the connections between cell biology, anatomy and physiology.
The module also introduces you to the basics of reproduction and development. It first considers the underlying principles of asexual and sexual reproduction, reproductive cycles and reproductive strategies. It then moves on to consider human and animal reproduction, including fertilisation and early development. The module has two practicals, workshops and there is a group project.