PSYG09013 2022 Gastrointestinal Physiology I

General Details

Full Title
Gastrointestinal Physiology I
Transcript Title
Gastrointestinal Physiology I
N/A %
Subject Area
PSYG - Physiology Studies
HEAL - Health & Nutritional Sciences
09 - NFQ Level 9
10 - 10 Credits
Start Term
2022 - Full Academic Year 2022-23
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Thomas Smyth, Paul Nolan, Patricia Lawlor, Tracey Moran, Tanya ByrnePratt
Programme Membership
SG_SCLIN_Q09 202200 Master of Science in Clinical Measurement Physiology SG_SCLIN_Q09 202200 Master of Science in Clinical Measurement Physiology

In this module the students will be introduced to diseases of the upper and lower gastrointestinal (GI) tract and develop a conceptual and applied understanding of the role of gastrointestinal measurements in the evaluation of a patient's condition. Learners will be introduced to various techniques used in the investigation of both upper and lower GI disorders. 

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Compile a comprehensive patient history report and apply guidelines, indications, contraindications, and limitations for testing using a patient centred approach, modifying as appropriate.  


Appraise basic gastrointestinal physiology conditions and critically evaluate a range of equipment and techniques appropriate to investigate the presenting condition explaining the indications, contraindications, limitations, and potential complications of specific techniques demonstrating an understanding of relevant/potential treatment pathways. 


Determine appropriate calibration methods and demonstrate operational techniques for the use of specialised equipment in gastrointestinal physiology investigations.


Assess conceptual and applied specialized knowledge and skills of gastrointestinal physiology measurements in the evaluation of a patient's condition. 


Explain how medication used in the treatment of gastrointestinal disorders can affect the gastrointestinal investigations. 


Ascertain how to carry out, report and interpret diagnostic tests in gastrointestinal physiology safely and in alignment with guidelines, applying reference values accurately. 


Display a professional commitment to reflective practice and revises judgements and behaviour considering reflection. 

Teaching and Learning Strategies

This module takes a blended learning approach. 

Online lectures will expose students to relevant theory. 

Lectures will be supported by online tutorials from recognised experts to guide students using a case study approach, facilitating discussion, problem-based learning and interpretation of data. 

Experiential learning through hospital-based placement will be guided by specialists synthesising student learning.  An observational competency-based assessment method will be used frequently across this module as a means of formative learning through feedback. 

Leaners will be encouraged to commit to reflective practice and revise judgements and behaviour considering reflection. 

Students will be directed to supports provided on the University eLearning platform including discussion forums, articles, websites, eLearning activities and recommended reading. 

A formal agreement will be made with hospital sites as regards a quantum of protected time for the delivery of clinical education during placement hours to progressing scaffolded learning. 


This module pre-curses Gastrointestinal Physiology II Module. 

The student must be in attendance & log a minimum of 300 hours on their ‘minor’ hospital-based placement in Gastrointestinal Physiology. 

Module Assessment Strategies

This module contains 'must pass' assessments (final exam and final clinical competency assessment). The minimum ‘pass’ mark for this module overall is 50%, in addition to meeting the minimum attendance requirement. 

The student will be assessed on their ability to competently carry out clinical tests within this specialist area, as outlined in the indicative syllabus above and Clinical Training Manuals.  

Observational competency-based assessment methods will be used frequently across this module as a means of continuous assessment and preparing students for a final competency assessment.   

The students are required to submit an anonymised written case study which is summarised in an oral presentation. 

Learners will also maintain a reflective log throughout their placement. 

The final written exam will assess students' knowledge to practice through exam questions requiring application of theoretical concepts to practice examples or sample measurement data.

Repeat Assessments

A ‘Pass’ overall in this module is a pre-requisite to undertaking Placement 4 (major Placement). 

Where a student fails placement, they must repeat that placement. 

Where a student fails an element of placement, that component(s) must be repeated. 

Where the theory exam is failed, the student should resit that exam at the next repeat sitting. 

Module Dependencies

PSYG09012 202200 Professional Practice I

Indicative Syllabus


  • Disorders of the upper and lower GI tract  

  • High Resolution Oesophageal Manometry (HRM)  

  • 24 Hr pH Monitoring & pH Impedance Monitoring (MII)  

  • High Resolution Anorectal Manometry (HRAM)  

  • Breath Testing Techniques 

  • Medication used in treatment of Lower GI disorders & effects of medication 

  • Diagnostic tests – interpretation, indications, contraindications, and limitations of testing  

Indicative Practicals: 

  • High resolution Oesophageal Manometry 

  • 24 Hr pH Monitoring 

  • High Resolution Anorectal Manometry 

  • Hydrogen/Methane Breath Testing 

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
50 %
End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
50 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Case Study Report & Presentation Continuous Assessment Assessment 15 % End of Term 1,2,4,5,6
2 Reflective log Continuous Assessment Assessment 5 % OnGoing 7
3 ONGOING Clinical Competency Practical Assessment Continuous Assessment Assessment 10 % OnGoing 1,2,3,4,6
4 Final Clinical Competency Practical Assessment Continuous Assessment Assessment 20 % End of Term 1,2,3,4,6

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Gastrointestinal Physiology I Final Exam Closed Book Exam 50 % End of Semester 2,3,4,5,6

Online Learning Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Online Gastrointestinal Physiology I 1 Weekly 1.00
Tutorial Online Gastrointestinal Physiology I 1 Weekly 1.00
Independent Learning Online Independent Learning 5 Weekly 5.00
Total Online Learning Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 2.00 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Black’s Medical Dictionary, 2009      

Bloom, Webster and Marks: Oxford Handbook of Gastroenterology and Hepatology;. 2nd edition; Oxford University Press 

Bredenoord Smout Tack; A  Guide to gastrointestinal Motility, Springer 

Carruthers, G. (2014) High resolution Esophagel  Manometry, Practical guide of HRM for nurses and technicians;  Given Imaging Ltd. 

Conklin, Pimental and Soffer; Color Atlas of High Resolution Manometry; Springer  2009 

Fox, Kahrilas, Pandolfino and Zerbib, Manual of High Resolution Esophageal  motility 2014;

Journal Resources

Curr Opin Gastroenterol 



Am J Gastroenterology 

Gut Liver 

URL Resources

Irish Institute of Clinical Measurement Science 


American motility 

American College of Gastroenterology 

European Society of Swallow Disorders 

Irish Society for Gastroenterology 

Other Resources
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