module specification

AS4004 - Anatomy and Physiology (for Applied Biology) (2017/18)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2017/18
Module title Anatomy and Physiology (for Applied Biology)
Module level Certificate (04)
Credit rating for module 30
School School of Human Sciences
Total study hours 300
76 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
224 hours Guided independent study
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 25%   Practical quiz (1 hour)
Coursework 25%   Practical quiz (1 hour)
Unseen Examination 25%   Sem 1 online progress exam (1 hour)
Unseen Examination 25%   Sem 2 writen exam (1 hour)
Attendance Requirement 0%   Practical Attendance
Attendance Requirement 0%   Tutorial Attendance - 80% attendance req to pass module
Running in 2017/18
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Year North Monday Afternoon
Year North Monday Morning

Module summary

This module introduces students to the theoretical and practical aspects of human anatomy and physiology in health and disease. It is designed for life-science students with an interest in human biology, but particularly for those wishing to pursue advanced studies in forensic science, biomedical science, nutrition, dietetics, and other health related sciences.

Module aims

This module aims to provide students, through lectures, tutorials and practical classes, with a sound knowledge of human body structure using appropriate anatomical nomenclature and an in-depth understanding of the physiology of selected body systems. The module will also aim to introduce basic concepts in immunology and pathology.


This module will introduce to students the concept of homeostasis within a physiological context, highlighting where appropriate the relationship between the failure of homeostasis and the resulting disease.

This module will also instruct students on anatomical terminology and how such terms can be applied to describing the location of body structures and their spatial relationship to one other.

The structure, function and regulation of human physiological systems will be covered in –depth, and laboratory sessions will allow students to measure and evaluate their own respiratory and cardiovascular function.

This module will also introduce students to basic immunology, as well as covering the aetiology, pathology, clinical presentations and treatment of selected diseases affecting human body systems.

Learning and teaching

Student learning and understanding of human anatomy and physiology will be developed through an integrated programme of lectures, practical sessions, tutorials, directed coursework and on-line resources.
Lectures (45 hours) will be used to provide a conceptual framework and introduce students to the fundamental aspects of anatomical and physiological sciences.  Tutorials (24 hours) will be used to expand knowledge into more applied areas of anatomy and physiology, often using case-study approaches.  Students will be expected to prepare for tutorial sessions by reviewing appropriate material and devoting study time to problem-solving exercises.
Practical sessions (7 hours) will expand students’ knowledge and understanding of applied anatomy and physiology.  These sessions are also used to emphasise the need to record experimental data rapidly and accurately, to produce and interpret results obtained from the sessions  and to present material in a clear and appropriate scientific style in the form of assessed practical reports.
A web based virtual learning environment is available to support, reinforce and test student understanding through the use of on-line quizzes and access to additional learning resources.  Students would be expected to use the on-line resources for assisted study.

Learning outcomes

On completing the module students will be able to:

  1. Use appropriate anatomical terminology to describe the structures and compartments of the human body and their spatial orientation.
  2. Explain the concept of homeostasis and describe how constancy of the internal environment is controlled.
  3. Describe the major features of human physiological systems, the location of the major constitutive organs, and their anatomical and functional relations to each other.
  4. Explain the basis of immunological principles and how the immune system responds to disease.
  5. Discuss the aetiology, pathology, clinical presentations and treatment of selected diseases affecting human body systems.
  6. Interpret and evaluate human physiological measurements using standard respiratory and cardiovascular apparatus.

Assessment strategy

In order to pass the module, students are required to obtain a minimum aggregate mark of 40%.  The module will be summatively assessed by means of an end of semester one exam (25%), two practical quizzes (25% each) and an end of semester two exam (25%), and formatively assessed by on-line progress quizzes.
To pass the module, students need to achieve a minimum aggregate mark of 40%.  There will be an attendance requirement for the practical sessions. If the module is passed on reassessment, then the maximum mark awarded will be 40%.

Component Learning outcomes
Practical quiz (1 hour) 1,3,6
Practical quiz (1 hour)                                                   1,3,6
Online exam (1 hour) 1,2,3,4,5
written exam (1 Hour) 1,2,3,4,5
Attendance Requirement  



Cohen, B.J. (2010) Memmler’s The Human Body in Health and Disease. Lippincott Williams and Wilkins
Pocock, G and Richards, C.D. (2009). The Human Body. An introduction for the Biomedical and Health Sciences. OUP. (highly recommended for BSc Biomedical Science)
Tortora GJ and Derrickson B (2010).  Essentials of anatomy and physiology, 8th edition.  John Wiley and Sons. 
Vander A, Sherman J and Luciano D (2010).  Human Physiology; the mechanisms of body function (12th edition, with CD ROM).  McGraw-Hill Higher Education.