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PHOL6006 - Human Anatomy and Physiology

Title:Human Anatomy and Physiology
Long Title:Human Anatomy and Physiology
Module Code:PHOL6006
Duration:1 Semester
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Fundamental
Field of Study: Physiology
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2017/18 ( September 2017 )
Module Delivered in 7 programme(s)
Module Coordinator: Brigid Lucey
Module Author: Fiona OHalloran
Module Description: This module describes the systems of the human body, introducing the student to human anatomy, physiological processes and inter-relationship between the systems.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Describe the different types of tissues found in the human body and explain their biological functions
LO2 Describe the functional components of human body systems
LO3 Outline the physiological processes of the different body systems and explain the concepts relating to specific diseases and disorders
LO4 Perform practicals and write reports illustrating physiological processes
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is strongly recommended before enrolment in this module. You may enrol in this module if you have not acquired the recommended learning but you will have considerable difficulty in passing (i.e. achieving the learning outcomes of) the module. While the prior learning is expressed as named MTU module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).

The students are strongly recommended to undertake a biology based subject at secondary school level.
Incompatible Modules
These are modules which have learning outcomes that are too similar to the learning outcomes of this module. You may not earn additional credit for the same learning and therefore you may not enrol in this module if you have successfully completed any modules in the incompatible list.
No incompatible modules listed
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed. You may not enrol on this module if you have not acquired the learning specified in this section.

No requirements listed

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Digestive System
Anatomy of the gastrointestinal tract. Physiology of digestion, motility and absorption processes.
Cardiovascular System
Anatomy and physiology of the heart, types of blood vessels. Blood composition, functions of blood cells, introduction to blood groups
Immune system
Differentiate between innate and adaptive immune response, role of lymphocytes (B and T cells), immunorecognition and antibodies.
Respiratory System
Anatomical features of the respiratory tract, mechanism of breathing, physiology of respiration, transport and exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide.
Urinary System
Anatomy of the kidney and the nephron. Physiological processes of filtration, reabsorption and secretion. Assessment of kidney function, urinalysis.
Nervous System
Structure and function of neurons. Physiology of nerve impulse conduction, role of neurotransmitters. Functional division of the nervous system.
Musculoskeletal System
Overview of the musculoskeletal system. Structure of muscle tissue types and physiological process of muscle contraction. Bone cells and tissue composition, supportive structures of the musculoskeletal system
Endocrine System
Overview of the main endocrine organs and biological effects of the hormones they produce. Hormone receptors and feedback mechanisms. Integration and communication with other body systems.
Reproductive System
Anatomy and physiology of female and male reproductive systems, role of hormones and their regulation. Development of the male and female gametes and pregnancy.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Multiple Choice Questions Theory assessment: body tissues, anatomical features and physiological processes of selected body systems 1,2,3 30.0 Week 7
Short Answer Questions Theory assessment: detailed descriptions of the functional components of human body systems 2,3 35.0 Week 13
Practical/Skills Evaluation Practical Reports 2,3,4 15.0 Every Second Week
Practical/Skills Evaluation Laboratory-based examination 4 20.0 Sem End
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 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Lab Laboratory Sessions 2.0 Every Second Week 1.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Unassisted study time 3.0 Every Week 3.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) report writing 1.0 Every Week 1.00
Total Hours 8.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
This module has no Part Time workload.

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • GJ Tortora, BH Derrickson 2011, Principles of Anatomy and Physiology, 13th edition Ed., Wiley [ISBN: 9780470565100]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Campbell, Reece, Taylor, Simon, Dickey 2009, Biology, Concepts and Connections, 6th Ed., Chapter 20 - 30, Pearson Benjamin Cummings [ISBN: 0321526503]
  • Merrill, Gary 2008, Our Marvelous Bodies : An Introduction to the Physiology of Human Health, eBook Ed., Rutgers University Press [ISBN: 9780813544700]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CR_SHERB_8 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Herbal Science 1 Mandatory
CR_SNHSC_8 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Nutrition and Health Science 1 Mandatory
CR_SPHBI_8 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Pharmaceutical Biotechnology 1 Mandatory
CR_SBIBI_7 Bachelor of Science in Applied Biosciences and Biotechnology 1 Mandatory
CR_SFSTE_7 Bachelor of Science in Food and Health Science 1 Mandatory
CR_SCEBS_8 Common Entry Biological Sciences 1 Mandatory
CR_SBIOS_6 Higher Certificate in Science in Applied Biosciences 1 Mandatory

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