Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology
Foundation/Year Zero: Level 3
Thursday 05 October 2023
Friday 28 June 2024
09 January 2024
Requisites for this module
BSC C611 Sports and Exercise Science (Including Foundation Year),
BSC C614 Sports Performance and Coaching (Including Foundation Year),
BSC C220 Human Biology (Including Foundation Year)
This module will provide a basic physiological understanding of the major systems of the body and how each of those systems interacts. Knowledge of anatomical names and terms will be developed, as well as an understanding of where different organs, muscles and bones are located. It will develop an appreciation of the importance of the understanding of physiology and anatomy for sport and exercise science.
Additionally, appreciation of the relevance of sustainability to all aspects of scientific developments relating to Sport and Exercise Sciences will be addressed with the decolonising the curriculum via means of diversification as it also aims to improve the sense of belonging and engagement of BAME students.
The aims of the module are:
1. To ensure that students obtain a broad understanding of basic concepts and terminology relating to anatomy and physiology
2. To enable students to develop their knowledge and understanding by conducting virtual or practical experiments
3. To enable students to describe, explain and analyse at the entry level fundamental concepts relating to anatomy and physiolgy
4. To enhance students` knowledge of and interest in anatomy and physiology by preparing them for undergraduate study of the subject.
On successful completion of the module a student will be able to:
1. Demonstrate knowledge of the fundamental principles of the functions and structures of each system;
2. Demonstrate knowledge of location of major organs, bones, joints and muscles;
3. Describe how some systems interact and how the body functions under different conditions;
4. Describe the function of the following body systems: cells, connective tissue, bone tissue, muscle tissue, nervous, gastrointestinal, immune, cardiovascular, respiratory, urinary, endocrine, integumentary, and reproductive systems;
5. Identify the cells, tissues and organs involved in the body systems
6. Describe homeostatic control, the integration between different systems and how this is controlled by the nervous and endocrine systems;
7. Produce text utilising subject specific terminology in an appropriate academic style utilising anatomical and physiological terms;
8. Synthesize, interpret and present scientific information from a range of sources;
9. Record, analyse, interpret and present scientific data relating to anatomy and physiology;
10. Demonstrate understanding and knowledge of the fundamental principles of anatomy and physiology by clearly communicating ideas in writing;
11. Demonstrate competence in (a) the analysis and interpretation of data and (b) communication of experimental results.
The module will give an overview of the structure and functions of the following systems:
The skeletal system including joints
The muscular system
The respiratory system
The cardiovascular system
The lymphatic system
The digestive system
The immune system
The genito-urinary system
The endocrine system
The nervous system
Structure of bone, muscle and connective tissue
Skills for your professional life (Transferrable Skills)
By the end of this module, you will have practised the following transferrable skills:
1) To apply theory to practice and real-world problems with problem-solving skills by analysing sports injuries;
2) To develop time-management, task and self-management with managing workload skills;
3) To improve resilience, confidence-building and growth mindset skills;
4) To develop reflective practice using feedback;
5) To improve self-motivation and taking responsibility skills;
5) To improve your IT skills.
Teaching and learning on Essex Pathways modules offers students the ability to develop the foundation knowledge, skills, and competences to study at undergraduate level, through a curriculum that is purposely designed to provide an exceptional learning experience. All teaching, learning and assessment materials will be available via Moodle in a consistent and user-friendly manner.
One week the module will be delivered via 1 x 2-hour lecture and a 1 x 2-hour lab. The following week the module will be delivered via 1 x 2-hour lecture, a 1 x 1-hour class and a 1 x 1-hour seminar.
Summarised lecture material is provided using PowerPoint presentations, which are given to the students as lecture notes. There are web, Moodle and library resources for the various topics covered in this module. Practical sessions allow the students to better understand the anatomy and physiology concepts discussed in lectures with experiments covering those specific topics. All students will have access to Academic Support Hours.
This module does not appear to have a published bibliography for this year.
Assessment items, weightings and deadlines
|Coursework / exam
|IA177 - Online Moodle Assessment 1
|IA177 - Online Moodle Assessment 2
|IA177 - Online Moodle Assessment 3
|IA177 - Online Moodle Assessment 4
|IA177 - Online Moodle Assessment 5
|Scientific Paper Format Part 1 - Formative
|IA177 - Scientific Paper Format Part 1
|Scientific Paper Format Part 2 - Formative
|IA177 - Scientific Paper Format Part 2
|Main exam: In-Person, Open Book (Restricted), 180 minutes during Summer (Main Period)
|Reassessment Main exam: In-Person, Open Book (Restricted), 180 minutes during September (Reassessment Period)
Additional coursework information
Practice Moodle quizzes will be available for every discussed topic and will serve as preparation for summative Moodle quizzes. Additionally, they serve as preparation for the final exam. Practice quizzes will be comprised of approximately 10-15 multiple-choice questions.
Five online Moodle assessments (15%, 5 x 3% each). These will consist of approximately 30 questions that will test the student's grasp of the material covered during lectures.
Two post-lab Moodle quizzes (10%, 2 x 5 % each). These will consist of approximately 20 questions that will test the students grasp of the experiments performed during weeks 3-5 and 8-10 and materials covered during lectures.
Two post-lab write-ups (1,200 words each) to assess data analysis and presentation skills (the first assignment is worth 10% and the second one 15%; 25% in total). This will consist of an Scientific Paper Format (SPF) style write up of the practicals spanning week 18-19 and 22-23. Students will have to write a short background on the experiment, present the data they collected during the experiment, and some discussion of results and conclusions. Students will be able to take feedback from the first of these (submitted in week 16), and use that feedback improve their work for the second assignment (submitted in week 25).
Faser timed exam (2 hours, 50%) - to include short answer and essay-style questions.
Failed Exam - Resit the exam which is re-aggregated with the existing coursework mark to create a new module mark.
Failed Coursework - Resubmit a lab report (1,800 words) and resit a Moodle quiz which will be re-aggregated with the existing exam mark to create a new module mark. The reassessment task will replace the coursework component and will enable the relevant learning outcomes to be met.
Failed Exam and Coursework - Resit the exam, resubmit a lab report (1,800 words) and resit a Moodle quiz which are aggregated to create a new module mark.
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.
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Mr Kurtis Cusimano, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kurtis Cusimano - email@example.com
Kate Smith - firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr Austin Tomlinson
University of Birmingham
Available via Moodle
Of 60 hours, 54 (90%) hours available to students:
6 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s), module, or event type.
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