Professional course Human Anatomy and Physiology

Entry year
Course code
Professional/Short Course
Applied Sciences
Course Director
Dr Chris Moore

BSc(Hons) Biomedical Top-up

Page last updated 4 October 2021


Human Anatomy and Physiology is a core module for multiple programmes and so must cover an appropriate breadth and depth of knowledge to service all requirements, both accredited and non-accredited. The module therefore aims to deliver specialist knowledge through taught lectures, together with inductive tutorials and seminars to enable application and problem-solving utilising this knowledge. Student learning will be further supported through the University's e-learning environment, Blackboard, with provision of materials and activities to guide independent study.

On successful completion of this module, you will be able to:

  • Use and understand basic anatomical terminology
  • Explain the principles of physiological control mechanisms
  • Describe the differences between different connective tissue types and relate key properties to their function
  • Identify major bones of the human skeleton, including key surface landmarks
  • Describe the position, orientation, and gross anatomy of major organs to their respective systems
  • To Explain relationships between the function and location of key systems
  • Describe the structure and function of the endocrine and nervous systems
  • Understand the sensory and locomotor aspects of the nervous system
  • Describe the principles of diagnostic imaging and show a working knowledge of simple interpretation
  • Demonstrate practical skills in data observation, collection, handling and report writing, and relate outcomes to the relevant physiology.

Careers / Further study

This module contributes towards:

  • BSc(Hons) Biomedical Science
  • BSc(Hons) Biological Science
  • BSc(Hons) Healthcare Science (Life Science)
  • BSc(Hons) Healthcare Science (Physiological Science).



The module content covers:

  • Anatomical terminology as it relates to body posture and describing orientation of organs/limbs in a clinical setting
  • Major skeletal structure, including an introduction to bone growth and development
  • Connective tissues: Introduction into cell types that make up the various connective tissues, and the function of connective tissue in the human body
  • Major muscle groups, including their relationship to connective tissues
  • Histological structure of endocrine, nerve and muscle tissues.
  • Endocrinology; structure and function of the key endocrine organs and its relationship to homeostasis and normal function
  • Introduction to the Nervous System to include gross anatomy of the brain and spine. The electrochemical nature of nervous signals. Membrane and action potentials, nerve conduction, synaptic transmission.
  • An introduction to the pharmacological nature of the autonomic nervous system. The neurotransmitters and receptors involved in autonomic function.
  • Structure of the heart and its associate with major blood vessels, including lung structure and its relationship to the heart and associated function
  • The structure of the organs that make up the GI system, with focus on adaptations of each to carry out specific functions relating to stages of digestion
  • The structure of the kidneys and bladder, including nervous control of micturition
  • Structure and function of the male and female reproductive system.
  • The process of human development from fertilisation to adulthood.

Learning and Teaching

Scheduled learning includes lectures, seminars, tutorials, project supervision, demonstration, practical classes and workshops; fieldwork; external visits; work based learning; supervised time in studio/workshop.

Independent learning includes hours engaged with essential reading, case study preparation, assignment preparation and completion etc.


The Assessment Strategy has been designed to support and enhance the development of subject-based knowledge and skills, whilst ensuring that the Learning Outcomes are achieved.

The controlled conditions assessment for this module comprises MCQ or Varied Online Question (VOQ) style questions covering theoretical (lecture based) knowledge and understanding. The exam will be broken down into topic specific sections to guarantee adequate coverage of all key areas to map to the learning outcomes.

Coursework will primarily assess practical knowledge and skills relevant to the lectures, by way of an online portfolio consisting of multiple mini-tasks covering the breadth and depth of the practical sessions. This assessment is designed to encourage engagement with the practicals and the necessary reading material in a continuous fashion, and to encourage improved attendance at said practicals.

Formative assessment will also be available throughout both semesters by way of online formative quizzes that are designed to give the student's the opportunity to test their own understanding of the lecture material without the final grade counting towards their overall mark. It does however present both student and academic with the chance to see that grade and adjust teaching and learning accordingly depending on cohort performance
Both formative and summative feedback is available through the year by way of the VLE (Blackboard), with more specific feedback provided either individually or more generally when appropriate and depending on the nature of the assignment/learning task.


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Prices and dates

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Funding may be available to support your learning. Please contact your Trust Education Lead. If you work in the Private, Independent and Voluntary Sector, please contact your employer who will advise you.


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How to apply

How to apply

You are required to apply online for your CPD modules, which you can take as stand-alone courses or as part of an undergraduate (level 3) or postgraduate (Masters level) programme.


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