BMS109 - Introduction to the Study of Organ Systems

Semster 2: Module Co-ordinator: Dr. Laura Corns


These sessions will introduce students to the study of organ systems using basic laboratory skills developed in semester 1. Students will carry out a range of physiological measurements and relate these to normal and pathological states. The practicals will also introduce the students to pharmacological measurements. The experimental approach used will encourage students to integrate the functions of organ systems with their structure, to investigate how they adapt to change and to appreciate biological variation.


The module will consist of laboratory sessions, together with supporting sessions, that will provide practical experience in the investigation of the:

  • nervous
  • cardiovascular
  • respiratory


At the end of the module students will have gained practical experience of:

  • important landmarks in the anatomy of the brain"
  • an appreciation of aspects of brain cytoarchitecture"
  • the ionic basis of resting and actions potentials in nerve
  • the pharmacological effects of receptor occupation
  • examining the functions of the special senses
  • the measurement of cardiovascular function
  • the measurement of respiratory function
  • the physiological changes that occur during exercise

Teaching Methods

Laboratory sessions will provide students with practical experience of the techniques used to study organ systems. A group meeting to compile data and discuss results will follow each practical session. Feedback on each laboratory session will be given at the introductory session for the next practical.


Please see the BMS109 page for information on assessments.