General Physiology


Course Specification













Course Specification

Institution: College of Medicine                   

College/Department:   Medicine Program



A Course Identification and General Information

1.  Course title and code: General Physiology/ 211 PSL

2.  Credit hours: 5 hours


3.  Program(s) in which the course is offered.   Medicine program


4.  Name of faculty member responsible for the course: Dr. Abdulwahab Abuderman



5.  Level/year at which this course is offered: Third and forth levels/ 2nd year


6.  Pre-requisites for this course  :  None


7.  Co-requisites for this course (if any): None


8.  Location if not on main campus: College of Medicine




B  Objectives 

·         To know the basic structure of human body and how deferent part are integrated together

·         To recognize the importance of human immune system and how body keep the homeostasis

·         To learn breathing process and how body control respiration

·         To learn the details of the physiology of cardiovascular system

·         To know how body digest food and the role each organ of GIT in process of digestion

·         To learn how is the body sustain acid-base balance and the roles of kidneys in blood filtration and urine formation

·         To learn the role of endocrine system in body homeostasis

·         To identify the significance of CNS in controlling various body functions

·         To acquire manual skills of doing ECG, Spirometry and blood grouping.




C.  Course Description


1 Topics to be Covered



No of


Contact hours

Introduction to Human physiology









Blood and immunity








Muscle physiology









Cardiovascular system 1









Cardiovascular system 2







Respiratory system







Digestive system 1







Digestive system 2









Renal physiology









Endocrine system











Central Nervous system 1







Central Nervous system 2







Lecture: 24 hours


Practical: 24 hour



3. Additional private study/learning hours expected for students per week.

Final project (research)



1.      Development of Learning Outcomes in Domains of Learning 


a. Knowledge 

(i)  Description of the knowledge to be acquired

The course curriculum has been carefully designed to present the important features of human physiology in a clear and concise manner.  The main aim of this curriculum is to provide essential facts and concept of medical physiology, which will aid in the understanding of clinical medicine.

(ii)  Teaching strategies to be used to develop that knowledge

·         Interactive lecture.

·         Power point slides

·         Discussion.

·         Self-readings.

·         Practical.


(iii)  Methods of assessment of knowledge acquired

1.      Practical student work (Quizzes, Oral and Practical evaluation)

2.      Practical final exam (Oral and Practical evaluation).

3.      Midterm written exam and Final written exam

      Also, Questioning, Review test, performance notice, and class Participation

b. Cognitive Skills

(i)  Cognitive skills to be developed

Correct practical work and technical considerations for doing that

Group participation and discussions.


(ii)  Teaching strategies to be used to develop these cognitive skills

 Practical sessions, Textbooks, websites, seminars and Handouts

(iii)  Methods of assessment of students cognitive skills

Exams by practical, oral and written quizzes.

Questioning, Review test, performance notice.

c. Interpersonal Skills and Responsibility

(i) Description of the interpersonal skills and capacity to carry responsibility to be developed

A cooperative and open atmosphere is expected during all class meetings.  Students are encouraged to work together and to study together. 

No wireless devices (cell phones, pagers, PDAs or calculators), and no devices with ear plugs are allowed during exams, quizzes, labs, or classes

(ii)  Teaching strategies to be used to develop these skills and abilities

Eye to eye contacts, group works


(iii)  Methods of assessment of students interpersonal skills and capacity to carry responsibility

Group discussions and assigned readings.

d.   Communication, Information Technology and Numerical Skills

(i)  Description of the skills to be developed in this domain.

Oral (verbal) Questions, Vocabulary reading.

(ii)  Teaching strategies to be used to develop these skills

By using attractive Audiovisual Aids. Goal Settings, organisation of content, justifications and brief descriptions.


(iii)  Methods of assessment of students numerical and communication skills

Let them ventilate their feelings and exams.


e. Psychomotor Skills Not applicable










5. Schedule of Assessment Tasks for Students During the Semester



Assessment task

Week due

Proportion of Final Assessment




Quizzes, practical evaluation and assignment

During the semester



Practical  and oral exam

End of the semester.

20 %


Mid term Exam

At the 7th week

20 %



Final exam

End of the semester.







D. Student Support


1. Arrangements for availability of faculty for individual student consultations and academic advice.


Office hours 8 hrs/ week.


E Learning Resources


3- Recommended Books and Reference Material (Journals, Reports, etc) (Attach List)


1.       Human Physiology and Mechanism of  Disease By:  Guyton and Hall

2.      Review of Medical Physiology By:  William F. Ganong

3.      Human Physiology from Cells to Systems By:  L. Sherwood 

4.      Essential of Physiology for dental students by K Sembulingam and Prema Sembulingam



F. Facilities Required


Indicate requirements for the course including size of classrooms and laboratories (i.e. number of seats in classrooms and laboratories, extent of computer access etc.)

1.  Accommodation

Class rooms attached with Black and white boards.

Over head projectors and data shows.


2. Computing resources



3. Other resources (specify -eg. If specific laboratory equipment is required, list requirements or attach list)


 Course Evaluation and Improvement Processes


1. Strategies for Obtaining Student Feedback on Effectiveness of Teaching

Using questioners as an evaluation tools.


2  Other Strategies for Evaluation of Teaching by the Instructor or by the Department

Assess the teacher's abilities and potentials by using evolutional tools which are fulfil the reliable, unambiguous, measurable, achievable criteria’s.


3  Processes for Improvement of Teaching

In service educational process means of updating the recent trends in educational process, involving in research


4. Processes for Verifying Standards of Student Achievement (e.g. check marking by an independent faculty member of a sample of student work, periodic exchange and remarking of a sample of assignments with a faculty member in another institution)

By using evaluation tools and skill assessment.

5. Describe the planning arrangements for periodically reviewing course effectiveness and planning for improvement.

Prepare work sheet for review; refresh the previous knowledge, and panel discussions.