SCI06013 2016 Physiology and Anatomy of the Human Body

General Details

Full Title
Physiology and Anatomy of the Human Body
Transcript Title
Physiology and Anatomy
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Subject Area
SCI - Science
LIFE - Life Sciences
06 - NFQ Level 6
10 - 10 Credits
Start Term
2016 - Full Academic Year 2016-17
End Term
2020 - Full Academic Year 2020-21
James Brennan, Stephen Daly, Paul Walsh

This module introduces core principles pf physiology and anatomy sufficient to underpin further study in the biomedical sciences. To introduce the principles and main processes of human physiology, appreciate the relationships between body structure and function and how environmental changes affect homeostatic functioning of body systems.

Learning Outcomes

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


Knowledge & Understanding

K1 Discuss the main functions of major body systems.

K2 Discuss the relationships between various body systems.

K3 Describe the anatomical structure of body systems.

K4 Discuss the fundamentals of homeostasis and its importance in regulating normal physiology.


Intellectual Qualities

I1 Appreciate the regulatory processes underlying major body systems.

I2 Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of core principles of physiology and anatomy sufficient to underpin further study and to apply in their practice.

I3 Assemble and develop information detailing physiology and anatomy of major body systems.

I4 Gain insight into physiology of health and the pathophysiological basis of disease.


Professional/Practical Skills

P1 Carry out laboratory procedures that demonstrate physiological function.

P2 Use computer simulations to reinforce key practical aspects of physiology.


Transferable Skills

T1 Engage in, and demonstrate, independent learning.

T2 Communicate effectively in writing.

T3 Work effectively as a member of a team.

T4 Use information technology resources to assist learning.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

This module is taught by on-line lectures. A range of Computer-Aided Learning (CAL) packages are also used to support this module, particularly computer models and simulations which complement the lecture material. Practicals employ state-of-the-art physiological recording equipment typical of a clinical or laboratory work environment. Students are provided with electronic materials for self-assessment and preparation for examinations. Self-directed, student-centred, independent learning is also encouraged through completion of module coursework.


The module is offered fully online, except for the practicals which can either be carried out over 2 days during a visit to Coleraine Campus or within an appropriate work place laboratory facility.

Module Assessment Strategies

Coursework 1: Practical Reports

Written Practical Reports will be completed and consist of structured workbooks requiring students to answer short questions (free answer and MCQ), perform calculations, and complete data tables and plot graphs. Each practical also has an associated theoretical workbook which covers computer simulations of appropriate physiological experiments. Feedback will be provided by annotating reports. Practical Reports will contribute 40% of the module mark.



A 3-hour paper which will be divided into two Sections (A and B). Section A – Physiology will comprise 120 MCQs covering all topics in the module. Students must answer all questions in Section A. Section B – Anatomy will comprise 5 questions, of which a total of 3 must be answered. Questions in Section B will require students to label anatomical diagrams with 10 labels per diagram. The written examination will contribute 60% to the module mark.


40% Coursework 60% Examination

Repeat Assessments


Indicative Syllabus


Physiology and anatomy of the human body which includes:

  • · Introduction to physiological concepts.
  • · Nervous System.
  • · Muscular System.
  • · Cardiovascular System.
  • · Endocrine System.
  • · Respiratory System.
  • · Gastrointestinal System.
  • · Renal System.
  • · Body Fluids and Circulation.
  • · Reproductive System.


Practicals will allow students to engage in discussion and to revisit key concepts covered in the lecture programme to encourage and promote active learning

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
40 %
End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
60 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Practical Report Evaluation Continuous Assessment Practical Evaluation 40 % Any 1,2,3,4

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Final Exam Final Exam Closed Book Exam 60 % Any 1,2,3,4

Part Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Laboratory Practical Science Laboratory Practicals-1 day on-campus 8 Once Per Module 0.53
Total Part Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 0.53 Hours

Distance Learning Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Online Lecture Online Online Lecture 2 Weekly 2.00
Total Distance Learning Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 2.00 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources



Martini FH (2009) Fundamentals of Anatomy and Physiology (8th Edition), San Francisco, Benjamin Cummings.


Martini’s Fundamentals of Anatomy and Physiology is specifically selected for this module on the basis of the quality of the textbook and inclusion of the valuable interactive CD-ROM and supporting WWW site (freely accessible to students purchasing this text).


Students will also be directed to relevant up-to-date scientific literature.

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Additional Information

This module provides an introduction to the study of human physiology and anatomy to underpin further study of the pathophysiology in health and disease