Physiology Undergraduate Courses

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  • Medical Physiology (PHYL 208, PHYL 209)

COURSE:  MBChB II
COURSE COORDINATOR: Prof L Hay

The physiology is taught as a combined course with the Department of Anatomy. Thus the students receive an integrated, holistic view of anatomy and physiology as interrelated and interdependent subjects. To a certain extent, the somewhat artificial boundaries between the two subjects are diffused.

This approach allows for flexibility with regard to teaching, practicals and tutorials since the whole day are allocated to either physiology or anatomy. This, together with the elimination of duplication of the same material in the two subjects, save considerable time which allow the students more time for private study, arranging tutorials where appropriate, or increasing the time spent on practical work.

The Medical Physiology consists of two year modules that cover the whole syllabus. PHYL 208 covers the basic physiology, whereas PHYL 209 consists of the advanced application of the basic physiology in pathophysiology and clinical scenarios. During the year both modules will be covered in the same assessments and at the end of the year an examination paper will be written for each of the modules.

  • Physiology for Dentistry (PHYL 106)

COURSE:  BDS II
COURSE COORDINATOR : Prof L Böhmer

  • Physiology for Allied Health Workers (PHYL 203)

COURSES: B Occ Ther II, B Sc Phys II, B Cur II, B Rad II, BSc (Diet) II (PHYL 202)
COURSE COORDINATOR: Dr MM Govender

This course provides a basis of understanding of the different physiological systems that are involved in human body function. The course presents physiology in a systems based manner, with the core theme being Homeostasis. Special emphasis is placed on the interdependence and integration of these different systems in maintaining normal human body function.

The course is presented over a single academic year, and consists of 220 lectures and multiple practical and tutorial sessions. Target programs of this course include Dietetics, Nursing, Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy.

  • Physiology II (PLGY 201- Semester 1/PLGY 202 – Semester 2)

COURSES: BSc II
COURSE COORDINATOR: Mr J Makinta

  • Physiology III (PHYL 301)

COURSES: BSc III
COURSE COORDINATOR: Dr L Scott

The Physiology III course is applied basic physiology designed in such a way that it will enable students to develop an interest in various different research fields. The following topics will be covered:

  • Body Composition
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Environmental Physiology
  • Immunology
  • Comparative Physiology
  • Speech and Language Pathology and Audiology (APSH 201)

COURSE COORDINATOR: Mr ML Mpholwane
The course provides the student with knowledge of:

  • The basic structures involved in communication processes and the pathologies which could affect them.
  • Basic knowledge of the nervous system
  • Neurology of the speech, language and hearing
  • Basic knowledge of the respiratory system

Number of lectures: 60
Number of practicals: 2