Physiology Department

School of Basic Medical Sciences (SBMS)

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INTRODUCTION
 
The Department of Physiology was recently established by the University Senate to start a B.Sc. programme in Physiology. It is one of the fundamental Departments in School of Basic Medical Sciences of the Federal University of Technology Owerri. Physiology is the study of the functioning of various parts of a living organism (body) and the mechanisms by which the functions are performed and regulated. It is a field that has strong relationship with other medical and allied health training programmes. It attempts to explain the physical and chemical features of the human body that are responsible for its origin, development, growth, health and survival. Physiology is regarded as the ‘mother of all medical sciences’ because it is fundamental in the training of other medical, paramedical and health personnel, such as, doctors, nurses, pharmacists, laboratory scientists, dentists, physiotherapists, biomedical engineers and other health scientists and technologists. A Physiologist tries to understand and explain the functional characteristics and mechanisms of the living human body fluid or structure in various conditions or environments. A Physiologist uses his knowledge and skill in physiology to directly investigate or extrapolate the potential usefulness, adverse effects or safety of any physical, chemical or environmental factor on the human homeostatic activities, whether in normal or abnormal exposures. For instance, a Physiologist may study the effect of a new medicine, pollutant or high atmospheric temperature on the respiratory rate. Applied Physiologist is trained to know how to investigate or determine physiological challenges in clinics, work places, homes or in any unusual environment or emergency. He decides and takes the relevant measurements and interprets the results to the medical personnel, patient or any other client. For human safety reasons, he carries out a lot of in vitro and in vivo pre-clinical or field experimentations prior to human studies.
 
Philosophy of the Programme

The philosophy of the undergraduate physiology programme is to train students in theoretical, practical and applied physiology to make such graduates suitable to utilize the basic knowledge for future problem solving and other applications – like in practice of medicine, nursing, pharmacy, physiotherapy, etc. The graduates should be able to function as entrepreneurs whether in public service or self employed.

Aim of the programme

To produce graduates equipped with basic knowledge physiology and practical skills in order to carry out basic physiological measurements and actively participate in health education, screening, diagnosis, therapy, monitoring, promotion, fitness or safety, thereby providing solutions to diverse fitness, health and safety challenges.

Objectives of the programme

1. To train students to acquire basic knowledge of physiological principles.

2. To train students to acquire sufficient practical knowledge and practical skills in experimental physiology.

3. To train students to have knowledge of applied physiology as used in medicine, pharmacy, nursing and other health sciences and technology.

4. To train students who will be able to apply physiology knowledge.

5. To train students in physiological knowledge sufficient for them to proceed for further studies in physiology or other related fields of specialization.

6. To train students who can adapt themselves after schooling, to various life endeavours, including entrepreneurship.

Career prospects for graduates of the programme:

The programme will produce graduates that will reasonably fill in the existing wide gap existing in clinical/safety measurement departments of hospitals, schools, environmental, health and safety sectors. Graduates will have training that can be applied to determine the physiological status of persons/workers in industries, sports or any adverse environment. Furthermore, the programme will train clinical measurement scientists for example in spirometry, electroencephalogram, electrocardiogram, and electromyogram who will work in the clinical measurement laboratories of hospitals. In addition, the programme will produce heart-lung machine scientists who are indispensable during open heart surgery. The graduates from the program will also acquire entrepreneurial skills to establish private practice in order to reasonably fill in the related gaps existing in the health care delivery and physiological safety systems. Consequently, they are expected to contribute through their researches or public/private practice as:

a) Research and Clinical Laboratory Scientists

b) Clinical measurement Scientists such as Cardio-Physiologists, Neurophysiologists, Respiratory Physiologists, Gastrointestinal/Nutrition Physiologists, Auditory Physiologists, Exercise Physiologists, Embryologist, Reproductive Endocrinologists, Heart Lung Machine Scientists, Biomedical Scientists Performing Spirometry, ECG, EEG, EMG, etc.

c) Lecturers/Tutors/Teachers at various of educational Institutions.

d) Sports physiologists

e) Health and fitness advisors

f) Food, pharmaceutical and allied marketing representatives

g) Human science journalists: science writers/presenters

h) Environmental/Occupational physiologists

i) Systems physiologists.

j) Safety Pharmacologists.

k) HSE, HIA and EIA consultants.

The graduates’ wealth of knowledge is very applicable in diverse fields of endeavour, such as aviation, mining, manufacturing, job recruitment/training, hospitality/recreational, banking, food, beauty/cosmetology, textile/clothing, biomedical engineering industries and other establishments where efficient management of human resources and safety is a priority.

Academic Staff

Dr. ONYEBUAGU PETER CHUKWUMA

Professor
PhD, M.Sc.(Human Physiology)
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Dr. IWUJI SAMUEL CHIDI

Senior Lecturer
B Sc., M Sc., PhD.
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Physio-Courses

100 Level

1st Semester
Course Code Unit
GENERAL BIOLOGY I BIO 103
GENERAL CHEMISTRY I CHM 101
ENGINEERING DRAWING ENG 103
INTRODUCTION TO FRENCH FRN 101
USE OF ENGLISH I GST 101
INTRODUCTION TO IGBO GRAMMAR IGB 101
ELEMENTARY MATHEMATICS I MTH 101
GENERAL PHYSICS I PHY 101
WORKSHOP PRACTICE I ENG 101
HUMANITIES GST 103
2nd Semester
Course Code Unit
SCIENCE, ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY IN SOCIETY GST 110
IGBO LANGUAGE II IGB 102
ELEMENTARY MATHEMATICS II MTH 102
GENERAL PHYSICS II PHY 102
GENERAL BIOLOGY II BIO 104
GENERAL CHEMISTRY II CHM 102
WORKSHOP PRACTICE II ENG 102
ENGINEERING DRAWING II ENG 104
FRENCH LANGUAGE II FRN 102
USE OF ENGLISH II GST 102
SOCIAL SCIENCE I GST 108

200 Level

1st Semester
Course Code Unit
COMPUTER APPLICATIONS I CSC 201
INTRODUCTION, AND GROSS ANATOMY OF UPPER AND LOWER LIMBS ANA 201
BASIC HISTOLOGY AND CYTOLOGY ANA 203
GENERAL EMBRYOLOGY ANA 205
INTRODUCTORY/GENERAL BIOCHEMISTRY BCH 203
BIOCHEMISTRY OF MACROMOLECULES BCH 205
INTRODUCTION TO MICROBIOLOGY IMB 201
GENERAL PRINCIPLES OF PHYSIOLOGY PHS 201
PHYSIOLOGY OF BLOOD AND OTHER BODY FLUIDS PHS 211
NIGERIAN AND AFRICAN CULTURE GST 201
2nd Semester
Course Code Unit
GROSS ANATOMY OF THE THORAX, ABDOMEN, PELVIS AND PERINEUM ANA 202
SYSTEMIC HISTOLOGY I ANA 204
SYSTEMIC EMBRYOLOGY I ANA 206
BIOENERGETICS AND ENZYMOLOGY BCH 204
METABOLISM AND BIOSYNTHETIC PATHWAYS BCH 206
MEDICAL SOCIOLOGY MED 202
EXCITABLE TISSUES (NERVE AND MUSCLE) AND AUTONOMIC NERVOUS SYSTEM PHS 222
RESPIRATORY AND CARDIOVASCULAR PHYSIOLOGY PHS 234
GASTROINTESTINAL TRACT PHYSIOLOGY PHS 278
SIWES/ STUDENTS’ LABORATORY TRAINING FOR TWO MONTHS (in any relevant place during the long vacation) SIWES 200/ PHS 290
MEDICAL MICROBIOLOGY. MCB 202

300 Level

1st Semester
2nd Semester

400 Level

1st Semester
2nd Semester

500 Level

1st Semester
2nd Semester
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