Anatomy and Physiology
Life Sciences (School of)
Undergraduate: Level 4
Thursday 03 October 2019
Saturday 14 December 2019
05 September 2019
Requisites for this module
BSC B990 Biomedical Science,
BSC B991 Applied Biomedical Science (NHS placement),
BSC B995 Biomedical Science (Including Year Abroad),
BSC B999 Biomedical Science (Including Placement Year),
BSC BD00 Biomedical Science (Including Foundation Year),
BSC C200 Human Biology,
BSC C201 Human Biology (Including Year Abroad),
BSC C202 Human Biology (Including Placement Year)
Students will develop their knowledge of the anatomical component parts and major systems of the human body, including the respiratory, cardiovascular, musculoskeletal, digestive, renal, urogenital, nervous and endocrine systems and their relationship to each other. The module will explore the structure and function of these major body systems, how the body is controlled by the nervous and endocrine systems and how homeostasis is maintained. Students will build their vocabulary of the key terminology of anatomy and physiology. The biology of disease processes in the different body systems and the development of their pathology will be addressed using a series of case studies. The impact of lifestyle upon health and the development of age-related diseases will also be explored.
The aim of this module is to develop your understanding of human anatomy and physiology: the structure, function and homeostatic/hormonal control of the human body.
Students will need to be able to: 1. Describe the structure, function and control of the major organ systems of the body. 2. Explain the maintenance of homeostasis in the human body. 3. Describe the pathology of certain diseases in different body systems, including age and lifestyle-related diseases. 4. Use appropriate scientific methods and approaches to gather, record, analyse and present data and information clearly and informatively. 5. Develop key skills related to ICT, numeracy, problem solving, working with others and self-directed learning.
To pass this module, students will need to be able to:
1. describe the structure, function and control of the major organ systems of the body;
2. explain the maintenance of homeostasis in the human body;
3. describe the pathology of certain diseases in different body systems, including age and lifestyle-related diseases;
4. use appropriate scientific methods and approaches to gather, record, analyse and present data and information clearly and informatively;
5. develop key skills related to ICT, numeracy, problem solving, working with others and self-directed learning.
Employability and transferable skills
Dissection of organs
Analysis of patient case studies- identification of normal and diseased bone and muscle tissues
Use of an electrocardiogram (ECG), measurement of blood pressure (BP) and heart rate (HR) and understanding of cardiac cycle and effects of exercise on heart
24 x 1 hour lectures including 1 revision class before MCQ and 1 revision class before summer exam; 4 x 3 hour practicals. Online assessment throughout lecture period will be guided by the lecturer.
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Assessment items, weightings and deadlines
|Coursework / exam
||Practical 4 (DAI)
||Practical 1 (EVS)
||Practical 2 (EVS)
||Practical 3 (EVS)
||50 minutes during January (Multiple Choice)
||60 minutes during January (Main)
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Louise Beard, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr Louise Beard and Dr Selwa Alsam
School Undergraduate Office, email: bsugoffice (Non essex users should add @essex.ac.uk to create the full email address)
No external examiner information available for this module.
Available via Moodle
Of 300 hours, 24 (8%) hours available to students:
276 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).
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