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PHOL6001 - Applied Anatomy and Physiology

Title:Applied Anatomy and Physiology
Long Title:Applied Anatomy and Physiology
Module Code:PHOL6001
Duration:1 Semester
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Fundamental
Field of Study: Physiology
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2016/17 ( September 2016 )
Module Delivered in 4 programme(s)
Module Coordinator: Brigid Lucey
Module Author: Maire Begley
Module Description: This module deals with the structures and functions of the human body organ systems. It describes the components of each of the systems and how these systems interrelate. It also describes diseases and disorders associated with the systems and refers to the relevant biomedical equipment.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Describe the structure and organisation of the systems of the human body.
LO2 Illustrate and discuss the components of selected human systems.
LO3 Describe the physiology of selected human systems.
LO4 Explain the interrelationship of each of these systems to the functioning of the human body.
LO5 Describe diseases and disorders associated with the systems and refer to relevant biomedical equipment and devices.
LO6 Perform and report on laboratory experiments which supplement the lecture material.
Pre-requisite learning
Incompatible Modules
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Co-requisite Modules
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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology
Overview of human body systems
Cardiovascular system
Structure and function of the cardiovascular system, physiology of the heart as a pump. Associated diseases and biomedical devices.
Digestive system
Structure and function of the digestive system. Biomedical equipment used in investigation of digestive disorders.
Musculoskeletal system
Structure and function of the musculoskeletal system, examples of diseases and disorders associated with the musculoskeletal system and associated biomedical devices.
Urinary system
Structure and function of the urinary system, physiology of the kidneys as a filter. Detection of abnormal function. Diseases associated with the urinary system.
Endocrine system
The main endocrine glands and their hormones. Examples of diseases associated with the endocrine system.
Nervous system
Structure and function of the nervous system. Structure of a typical neuron. Transmission of nerve impulses. Chemical synapse. Specialised receptor organs (eye, ear).
Respiratory system
Structure and function of the respiratory system. Biomedical equipment and illnesses associated with the respiratory system.
Immune system
Immunity - non-specific, specific, memory, cell mediated, humoral, recognition of self/ non-self, rejection, bio-compatibility.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Multiple Choice Questions Theory assessment 1,2,3,4,5 20.0 Week 7
Short Answer Questions Theory Assessment 2,3,4,5 50.0 Week 12
Practical/Skills Evaluation Practical Laboratory Reports 6 30.0 Every Second Week
No End of Module Formal Examination
Reassessment Requirement
Repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.

The institute reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Class based instruction 3.0 Every Week 3.00
Lab Practical Laboratory sessions 2.0 Every Second Week 1.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Unassisted learning time 3.0 Every Week 3.00
Total Hours 8.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 4.00
This module has no Part Time workload.

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • Gray, Henry, 1825–1861. 2000, Anatomy of the human body, by Henry Gray. 20th ed., thoroughly rev. and re-edited by Warren H. Lewis., 20th ed., Ed., Philadelphia: Lea & Febiger, 1918 [ISBN: 1-58734-102-6.]
  • David N.Shier,Jackie.L Butler,Ricki Lewis 2008, Holes Essentials of Human Anatomy & Physiology, 10th Ed., McGraw-Hill Higher Education UK [ISBN: 978-0071283526]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Kleinsmith, l.J., Kish, V.M 1988, Principles of Cell Biology, Harper & Row
  • Carola, Harley and Noback 1991, Human Anatomy & Physiology, McGraw-hill
  • Herrmann, H. 1989, Cell Biology, Harper & Row
  • Hole, J.W. (Jr) 1990, Human Anatomy & Physiology, WCB Publisher
This module does not have any article/paper resources
This module does not have any other resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CR_EBIOM_8 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Biomedical Engineering 2 Mandatory
CR_EBIME_7 Bachelor of Engineering in Biomedical Engineering 2 Mandatory
CR_EOMNI_8 Engineering Common Entry (Level 8) 2 Elective
CR_EBIME_6 Higher Certificate in Engineering in Biomedical Engineering 2 Mandatory

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