Courses Catalogue

Physiology I

COURSE CODE: DHY 1102
COURSE CREDIT UNIT: 3
ACADEMIC PROGRAMME: Clinical Medicine and Community Health, Diploma
COLLEGE/SCHOOL/FACULTY: School of Allied Health Sciences
STATUS: Core
PROGRAMME TYPE: Undergraduate

Course Description

Physiology is defined as the study of functions of various systems and different organs of the body. Physiology is the study of how the body sytems work, and the ways in which the integrated activities maintain life and health of the individual. In this course students are facilitated to study human organ physiology, with emphasis on homeostasis, along with nervous and hormonal regulation of various organ systems. Considerations of cellular and molecular interactions are emphasized.

Course justification 
Human Physiology is the study of human function and can be investigated at the level of cells, tissues, organ systems and the whole body. The underlying goal is to explain the fundamental mechanisms that operate in a living organism and how they interact. The study of physiology is of central importance in medical related studies, as it underpins advances in our understanding of disease and our ability to treat it more effectively. Therefore a clinical officer trainee needs to study Human Physiology so as to understand disease and therefore be able to treat it more effectively.

Course Aim
The aim of teaching physiology is to provide the learner with an in-depth knowledge of the functions of the normal human body. This will enable the learner to apply knowledge in the understanding of day to-day management of disease or conditions.

Course Learning Outcomes 
a)    Describe the normal function of the human body
b)    Describe the physiology of the different body systems/ organs
c)    Draw and label a diagram of a given body system/organ
d)    Explain the relation between Physiology with other clinical subjects like surgery and medicine.