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Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience


The 2021-2 course

The overall Course Organiser is Prof. Dino Giussani (dag26); the online course structure is run by Prof. Matt Mason (mjm68).

Because the HOM course has >100 students taking it, as per the guidelines we are given by the School of Biological Sciences, all lectures in the Michaelmas term will be online. We will be running live practical classes, however. We do not yet know what teaching will be like later in the year.

We will continue to use the Moodle "book" structure introduced last year, however the teaching is performed. All the lecture and practical material is within the "Course Material" section of that site. The idea is that all work is presented within these Moodle books, in weekly modules. The students can see how long each exercise should take and should work through each book before the completion date for that module.

We strongly recommend that you consider the completion date for each Moodle book module (generally a Wednesday), and supervise on that module after that completion date, at which point the students should have gone through all that material.

The SBS has informed us that exams in HOM this year will be on-line, using the new Inspera system. We have no further details at the time of writing, but see the HOM Moodle site for updates.

(updated September 2021)


General course information

MedST & VetST 1A Homeostasis is the core physiology course for first-year medical and veterinary students. Course information is provided on the course Moodle website. If you cannot see it, it may be that you are not enrolled as a supervisor: please contact Mel Quy ( and ask her to put you on the list and give you access.

The HOM Moodle site is designed for those students enrolled on the course, plus supervisors. This website includes a Moodle 'book' for HOM supervisors, which gives advice and guidance about supervising in general, as well as hints and tips specific to Homeostasis. The Moodle website also describes the lectures and lecturers in this course, which are subject to change every year, and holds all the course material. Please note that the "Information for Supervisors" section should be visible on the main HOM title page, but it is not visible to students. If you cannot see it, it may be that you are not enrolled as a supervisor: please contact Mel Quy ( and ask her to put you on the list and give you access.

Homeostasis supervisors are expected to cover the experimental physiology practical classes which the students take as part of this course; there is a practical paper set as part of the June exam. If you wish to attend a practical class to get a better feel for what it is all about, please contact Matt Mason (

There is a histology paper set as part of the end-of-year Homeostasis exam. The Histology course is considered separate to the Homeostasis course, however, and is not routinely supervised. Click here for more about Histology supervising.

Please have a look at the supervising physiology in Cambridge page, which contains some general tips for new supervisors teaching this course.