Anatomy and Physiology

The details
Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences (School of)
Colchester Campus
Full Year
Undergraduate: Level 4
Thursday 05 October 2023
Friday 28 June 2024
19 October 2023


Requisites for this module



Key module for

BSC C600 Sports and Exercise Science,
BSC C602 Sports and Exercise Science (Including Year Abroad),
BSC C606 Sports and Exercise Science (Including Placement Year),
BSC C611 Sports and Exercise Science (Including Foundation Year),
MSCIC690 Sports and Exercise Science (Including Placement Year),
MSCIC691 Sports and Exercise Science (Including Year Abroad),
MSCIC699 Sports and Exercise Science

Module description

The material covered, in lectures, seminars and practical classes will provide a foundation for more advanced study of Exercise Physiology in your second year.

The module will explore physiology from the level of the single cell up to the whole organism. Key terminology used in anatomy and physiology, as well as the techniques that have enabled anatomy and physiology to be understood will be addressed. Key topics covered will include: how homeostasis is maintained; the movement of the body by the skeletal and muscular systems; how the body is controlled by the nervous and endocrine systems; how oxygen enters the body and its journey around the body in the blood; and how the body defends itself against "foreign" microorganisms.

Module aims

The aim of this module is to develop your understanding of functional anatomy and physiology, from the cellular level to the level of tissues, organs and organ systems.

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module, the student will be able to:

1. Demonstrate basic anatomical knowledge of the human body, with particular detail in the skeletal, muscular, nervous, cardiovascular, respiratory and endocrine systems;
2. Describe the structure, function and control of the major organ systems of the body;
3. Explain the maintenance of homeostasis and immunity in the human body;
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

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

The module will combine a number of different teaching approaches. Students will be supported in their learning, to achieve the above outcomes, in the following ways: Lectures: You will be taught through a mixture of lectures (both live and pre-recorded), interactive seminars, practical sessions and self-directed study. Lectures and seminars will introduce core material, whilst self-directed study will reinforce this information. Practical sessions will demonstrate key physiological principles in action. You will be encouraged to consolidate and extend lecture material from recommended textbooks. Moodle will be used for: * A repository of module information * A repository of lecture recordings * To provide links to internal and external learning resources * To facilitate assessment and learning activities * To facilitate feedback information on assessment for learning and other activities Independent study will include practice MCQ tests delivered via Moodle and recommended readings. The instant feedback provided by the practice MCQ tests will allow students to identify and address strengths and weaknesses in their knowledge and to prepare for the final exams.


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   MCQ Coursework - via Moodle     16.7% 
Coursework   Portfolio/Practical Assessment  08/01/2024  33.3% 
Coursework   Practical Laboratory Report  22/03/2024  50% 
Exam  MCQ exam: Remote, Open Book, 110 minutes during Early Exams 
Exam  Main exam: Remote, Open Book, 120 minutes during Summer (Main Period) 
Exam  Reassessment Main exam: Remote, Open Book, 120 minutes during September (Reassessment Period) 
Exam  Reassessment MCQ exam: Remote, Open Book, 220 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
60% 40%


Coursework Exam
60% 40%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Henry Chung, email:
Dr Henry Chung, Dr Patrick Schoenmakers, Dr Sally Waterworth, Dr Ben Jones
School Undergraduate Office, email: sres (Non essex users should add to create the full email address)



External examiner

Dr Jen Burbage
University of Portsmouth
Associate Head (Students)
Available via Moodle
Of 74 hours, 35 (47.3%) hours available to students:
23 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
16 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s), module, or event type.


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