PHYS30040 Endocrine Physiology

Academic Year 2021/2022

This module builds on the fundamental concepts of endocrine physiology introduced in the level 2 module PHYS20090 'Principles of Physiology'. This module aims to highlight the role of the endocrine system in regulating diverse physiological processes and how endocrine dysfunction contributes to the development of many important diseases, including diabetes and obesity. This module also aims to illuminate the critical role of the endocrine system in human reproduction. Endocrine control of various life stages including ovulation/spermatogenesis, puberty, parturition, pregnancy and lactation will be explored.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module students should be able to:- Describe the location, structure and function of the major endocrine glands and the organs of reproduction- List the hormones produced by these endocrine glands and understand how hormone release is regulated- Define the principal target tissues and the cellular mechanism of action of the classical hormones- Understand the role of the classical hormones in regulating human physiological processes - Understand the endocrinology of birth, puberty and pregnancy- Describe the etiology and pathophysiology of common clinical endocrine disorders

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Lectures are the predominant mode of module delivery. Key principles are reinforced in tutorials which also include case based learning strategies to encourage the development of student analytical and problem solving skills. The in course assessment is an essay topic that is designed to promote student engagement with integrative endocrine physiology. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
BMOL20020 - Endocrine and immune biology, PHYS20030 - Organ and Systems Physiology

MDSA20030 - Endocrine Biology, MDSA30210 - Endocrine in Health & Disease

Additional Information:
Students must have passed one of the listed pre-requisite modules

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Essay: Essay Varies over the Trimester n/a Graded No


Essay: Essay examination Varies over the Trimester n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Autumn Yes - 2 Hour
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Feedback will be available at the request of the student following publication of final grades

Name Role
Professor Sabine Koelle Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Julie Freeman Tutor
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32 Thurs 12:00 - 12:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32 Tues 09:00 - 09:50