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PSC2018 : Human Anatomy for Physiologists

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Miss Kayleigh Scotcher
  • Lecturer: Dr Tim Cheek, Dr Gavin Clowry, Dr Alison Howard, Dr Michele Sweeney, Professor David Thwaites, Professor Christopher Ward
  • Owning School: Biomedical, Nutritional and Sports Scien
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


The two complementary branches of science, anatomy and physiology, provide the concepts to help us understand the function of the human body. This module provides an opportunity to develop core knowledge and understanding of human anatomy and how the structures help us explain the functions of key physiological systems.

The module is designed to:
•       enable students to develop a core knowledge and understanding of human anatomy.
•       integrate knowledge of structure (anatomy) with function (physiology).
•       encourage students to consolidate their knowledge of the key physiological systems as taught throughout the Physiological Sciences programme.

Outline Of Syllabus

The course consists of a programme of computer-based sessions that explore anatomical topics related to key physiological systems. These include the cardiovascular, respiratory, renal, reproductive, immune, gastrointestinal, and nervous systems. Students will work through the material in the scheduled sessions and in their own time, and complete the associated quizzes. In addition to the computer-based sessions, gross anatomy practical classes in the dissecting room will provide the opportunity to examine human material.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion13:003:00Preparation for and completion of the assessment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture71:007:00PIP - Lectures providing links between anatomy content and the wider programme
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture11:001:00PIP - Lecture introducing the module
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical41:306:00PIP - Practical sessions with anatomy demonstrations within the dissection room
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching12:002:00PIP - Revision session, involving - assessment advice, and small group work
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study157:0057:00Review of online material, essential reading, revision
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesScheduled on-line contact time83:0024:00PIP - online e-learning tutorials completed in a computer cluster on-campus or distance learning
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The lecture materials are used to introduce the students to key concepts in anatomy and physiology (K1, K3, S1-S2) and to provide a framework for guided independent study (K1-K3 S1-S2). The module centres on computer-based material that students work through. These can be completed in timetabled sessions within computer clusters; a member of staff will be present to provide an opportunity for students to ask questions about topics they do not fully understand (K1-K3 S1-S2). Independent study time is available for students to read around the subject and augment their understanding of the on-line material. The lectures aid the development of an understanding of the relationship between structure (anatomy) and function (physiology) (K2-K3, S2). The practicals in the dissecting room provide laboratory experience and a practical demonstration to support the core material covered in the online material (K1-K3 S1-S2).

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Digital Examination602A100PIP Inspera Invigilated: Quiz format (Maximum 60 questions).
Exam Pairings
Module Code Module Title Semester Comment
CMB2007Human Anatomy2Students would sit either the same or similar exam at the same time
BMN2007Human Anatomy2Students would sit either the same or similar exam at the same time
SES1004Anatomy2Students would sit either the same or similar exam at the same time
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The examination assesses the student's core knowledge and understanding of anatomy covered in the module.

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