module specification

BM7110 - Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology in Health and Disease (2024/25)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2024/25
Module title Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology in Health and Disease
Module level Masters (07)
Credit rating for module 20
School School of Human Sciences
Total study hours 200
200 hours Guided independent study
0 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
In-Course Test 20%   Online Quizzes
Coursework 30%   Reflective Learning Log - PLL (2000 words)
Coursework 50%   Written Assignment - ECA (1500 words)
Running in 2024/25

(Please note that module timeslots are subject to change)
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Year LMET Distance Learning Not applicable -

Module summary

This module provides an understanding and knowledge of the theory and practice of human anatomy and physiology and the aetiology, pathology, clinical presentation, treatment and diagnosis of diseases affecting human body systems.

Prior learning requirements



Human anatomy and physiology: an introduction to the anatomical structure and physiological function of human body systems, including the immune, integumentary, nervous, endocrine, musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, respiratory and renal systems.
Pathology and disease processes: cellular and tissue pathology, mechanisms of cell injury, cellular adaptation to stress, necrosis and apoptosis; classifications, aetiology and mechanisms of disease processes; system-specific diseases: autoimmune and immunodeficiency disorders, dermatological disorders, neurological disorders, endocrine disorders, metabolic bone diseases, bone fractures, osteomyelitis & bone tumours, cardiovascular diseases, respiratory diseases, nutritional deficiencies, renal disorders.
Focus on current health issues (UK): Alcohol, obesity and diabetes.

Learning Outcomes LO 1 - 3

Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity

Information pertaining to the subject matter will be presented through an integrated programme of lectures and supporting exercises, together with some use of a problem-based learning approach and the guided use of student-centred learning resources.  Lectures will be used to provide a conceptual framework.  Student centred assignments will enable students to reinforce and expand their knowledge, and develop subject specific skills and competence.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module students will be able to:
1. Demonstrate through completion of the quizzes an understanding of the anatomy and physiology of human body systems and the mechanisms of homeostatic control and the aetiology, pathology, clinical presentation and treatment of common diseases affecting human body systems.
2. Think critically in analysing and solving problems on anatomy, physiology, pathology and disease and research, evaluate, and discuss key issues within the subject area and communicate the results in a cogent and balanced manner.
3. Demonstrate through the reflective learning journal that the student has reflected on their own performance as an independent professional learner.


Cross S (2018) Underwood’s Pathology: a clinical approach. Elsevier
Cohen BJ. Hull KJ (2014) Memmler’s The Human Body in Health and Disease Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.
Damjanov I. (2016) Pathology for the Health Professions. Elsevier Saunders.
Hubert BS, Robert j (2018) Gould’s Pathophysiology for the Health Professions. Saunders
Kumar P, Clark M. (2016) Clinical Medicine. Saunders.
Walker BR, Colledge NR, Ralston SH, Penman I (2018) Davidson's Principles and Practice of Medicine 23rd Edn. Churchill Livingstone