PSC2018 : Human Anatomy for Physiologists

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
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture71:007:00Lectures
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion21:002:00In-course MCQ exams
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture11:001:00Feedback seminar (MCQ exam)
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture11:001:00Pre-exam advice, discussion of example questions
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical33:009:00Practicals, anatomy demonstrations
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching103:0030:00Tutorials in IT cluster
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study150:0050:00Review of on-line material, EMI revision
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The lectures 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 in their own time. Independent study time is available for students to read around the subject and augment their understanding of the on-line material. Scheduled tutorial sessions are available to support students who require more guidance, and to provide an opportunity to ask questions about topics they do not fully understand.(K1-K3 S1-S2). 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 online (K1-K3 S1-S2). The feedback session provides critical feedback on the assessed in-course MCQ exam and provides an opportunity to increase understanding by reflection and discussion (K1-K3, S1-S2).

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise2M20Test 1 - In-course Paper-based MCQ. (60 minutes).
Written exercise2M80Test 2 - In-course Paper-based MCQ (60 minutes)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The in-course timed MCQ promotes revision and provides an opportunity to consolidate knowledge and identify areas of weakness in learning and understanding (K1-K3, S1-S2). The second in-course MCQ tests core knowledge and understanding of the subject under time-constraint conditions (K1-K3, S1-S2).

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