Anatomy and Physiology

The details
Life Sciences (School of)
Colchester Campus
Undergraduate: Level 4
Thursday 03 October 2024
Friday 13 December 2024
09 February 2024


Requisites for this module



Key module for

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),
MSCIB099 Biomedical Science,
MSCIBA99 Biomedical Science (Including Placement Year),
MSCIBB99 Biomedical Science (Including Year Abroad),
BSC C200 Human Biology,
BSC C201 Human Biology (Including Year Abroad),
BSC C202 Human Biology (Including Placement Year),
BSC C220 Human Biology (Including Foundation Year)

Module description

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.

Module aims

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.

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module, students should 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.

Module information

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

Learning and teaching methods

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.


This module does not appear to have a published bibliography for this year.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting
Coursework   Organs Dissection Practical (Moodle)    10% 
Coursework   Bone Histology (Moodle)    10% 
Coursework   Muscle Histology (Moodle)    10% 
Coursework   Mastering A&P (Moodle)    10% 
Coursework   Cardiovascular Practical DAI    60% 
Exam  MCQ exam: In-Person, Closed Book, 50 minutes during January 
Exam  Main exam: In-Person, Closed Book, 60 minutes during Summer (Main Period) 
Exam  Reassessment Main exam: In-Person, Closed Book, 60 minutes during September (Reassessment Period) 
Exam  Reassessment MCQ exam: In-Person, Closed Book, 50 minutes during September (Reassessment Period) 

Exam format definitions

  • Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
  • In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary, for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.

Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
33% 67%


Coursework Exam
33% 67%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Prof Selwa Alsam, email:
Dr Selwa Alsam, Dr Angela Pine
School Undergraduate Office, email: bsugoffice (Non essex users should add to create the full email address)



External examiner

No external examiner information available for this module.
Available via Moodle
Of 51.5 hours, 24 (46.6%) hours available to students:
26.5 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
1 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s), module, or event type.


Further information
Life Sciences (School of)

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