module specification

BM7110 - Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology in Health and Disease (2016/17)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2016/17, but may be subject to modification
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
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
In-Course Test 20%   Quizzes
Coursework 40%   Personal log (Submission via Weblearn)
Coursework 40%   End of course assignment (Submission via Weblearn)
Running in 2016/17

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

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.

Module aims

The aims of this module are aligned with the qualification descriptors within the Quality Assurance Agency’s Framework for Higher Education Qualifications. To provide, through in depth study, knowledge and understanding of the theory and practice of human anatomy and physiology and to characterise the aetiology, pathology, clinical presentation and treatment of selected human diseases. The module will enable students to reinforce analytical, evaluative and communication skills, research a topical issue in depth and present it at an appropriate level and reflect on the topics studied and their application in biomedical practice.


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 and teaching

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 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.

Assessment strategy

The module will be formatively assessed by in-course online quizzes and two coursework components. A reflective learning log (500 words) and a written assignment (2000 words). Criteria for assessment will include an understanding of the subject matter; an ability, both orally and written, to explain, describe and discuss the work; completeness and conciseness of written reports and essays with emphasis upon critical ability and scientific rigour. To pass the module students need to achieve a minimum aggregate mark of 50%

Component Learning outcomes
Quizzes 1,2
Reflective learning log 3
Written assignment 2,3



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Cohen BJ.  (2010) Memmler’s The Human Body in Health and Disease 11th Ed. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.
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Gould B. (2006) Pathophysiology for the Health Professions 3rd Ed. Saunders
Kumar P, Clark M. (2005) Clinical Medicine 6th Ed. Saunders.
Phillips JD (2007) The Biology of Disease. 2nd Ed.  Blackwell.