HLTH06020 2017 Human Anatomy and Physiology

General Details

Full Title
Human Anatomy and Physiology
Transcript Title
Human Anatomy and Physiology
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Subject Area
HLTH - Health Studies
LIFE - Life Sciences
06 - NFQ Level 6
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2017 - Full Academic Year 2017-18
End Term
2018 - Full Academic Year 2018-19
Orla Warren
Programme Membership
SG_SHUMA_B07 201700 Bachelor of Science in Human Nutrition SG_SHUMA_H08 201700 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Human Nutrition SG_SHEAL_H08 201600 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Science in Health Science and Physical Activity

The aim of this module is to introduce the student to the basic systems of the human body (in combination with Anatomy and Physiology II) and to provide a foundation for more specific studies in Physical Activity, Exercise Physiology, and Human Nutrition and Diet modules.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Have a good level of knowledge in the terminology, nomenclature, and classification systems appropriate to the areas of the Muscular, Skeletal, Respiratory, Circulatory and Digestive systems allowing progression on to focused topics in human physiology.


Demonstrate a range of laboratory skills in physiological laboratory experimentation.


Operate basic laboratory instruments used in physiological practical experimentation.


Work independently within defined time boundaries


Source, and apply appropriate and referenced literature from a specific anatomic and physiological topic


Take direction, accept criticism and use feed-back to enhance own performance


Demonstrate an ability for autonomous, independent learning and be self-directed in terms of time, motivation and planning

Teaching and Learning Strategies


Module Assessment Strategies

A mix of assessment methods will be used to evaluate a variety of learning styles.

Repeat Assessments


Module Dependencies


Indicative Syllabus


Tissue Types: Location and functions of each tissue type: Connective, Muscular, Nervous, Epithelial

Circulatory system: Functions, components, anatomy of heart and blood vessels, passage of blood through the heart, Cardiac cycle and regulation, Blood pressure, Cardiovascular Circuits, common CV diseases, Blood composition, Functions of blood, clotting mechanism, ABO blood types, common Blood disorders

Respiratory system: Structure and function, process of ventilation, control of ventilation, Internal and Extenal Respiration, common respiratory infections and disorders

Digestive System and Nutrition: Components and functions of GI tract, Accessory Organs to Digestion, Process of digestion of CHO, Fat and Protein, Functions of nutrients, vitamins and minerals, components of a healthy diet

The Skeletal System: Functions, Classification of bones, Anatomy of a long bone, how bones grow, remodel and repair, involvement of hormones in bone growth, components of axial and appendicular skeleton, Vertebral column, ligaments

The Muscular System: Functions, Types of muscle, gross anatomy and structure of skeletal muscle and its connective tissue, structure of tendons, muscle shape and fibre arrangment, Muscle contraction types, motor units and process of muscle contraction, actin and myosin interaction, major muscles of the body: origin, insertion and action, common muscluar disorders, role Skeletal and Muscluar systems play in homeostatis


Indicative Practical

Examination of the structure of the Bovine heart.

Osmotic relationships.

Microscopic examination of mammalian cell types:  Epithelium, Cartilage, Bone, Smooth Muscle, Striated Muscle, Cardiac Muscle, Organ tissues, Histology of the digestive, circulatory, respiratory and musculoskeletal systems.

Buffering Capacity of Mammalian Blod

Preparation of a stained blood film and identification of different cell types.

Red blood cell count and white blood cell count; Haematocrit.

Blood Groups (ABO).

Cardiovascular system and physical fitness. Blood pressure.

Measurements of pulmonary function.

Effect of pH on Salivary amylase activity.

Bones, Identification of bnes and bony landmarks

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
65 %
End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
35 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Laboratory Skills and Knowledge Assessment Continuous Assessment Practical Evaluation 40 % OnGoing 2,3,4,5,6,7
2 MCQ and Short Answer Questions Topics 1-4 Continuous Assessment Closed Book Exam 15 % Week 10 1,7
3 Topical Moodle Quizes Continuous Assessment Multiple Choice 10 % OnGoing

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Final Exam Theory Based Exam Final Exam UNKNOWN 35 % End of Term 1,5,7

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Tiered Classroom Lecture 3 Weekly 3.00
Laboratory Practical Science Laboratory Laboratory Practical 2.5 Weekly 2.50
Independent Learning UNKNOWN Self Study 2 Weekly 2.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 5.50 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Mader, S. & Windelspecht, M. (2012)  Human Biology (12th Ed.) New York, NY : McGraw-Hill, int. student ed.

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