NMHS10550 Anatomy and Physiology

Academic Year 2023/2024

This module aims to help you understand how the human body maintains health. It introduces you to scientific principles in the areas of anatomy and physiology. Learning will focus on the organisation of the human body (concepts of cells and their environment), homeostasis, protection, communication, perfusion (cardiovascular and respiratory system), hydration, nutrition, metabolism and reproduction. The module will provide you with the grounding and understanding of the normal structure and function of the human body over the course of the lifespan and the basis to understand the changes that occur in altered health.

The module is underpinned by the philosophy that Anatomy and Physiology is a critical element for nursing competency.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

a) Describe the cellular and tissue organisation of the human body.
b) Explain the homeostatic processes that maintain the stability of the internal environment
c) Describe the components and characteristics of immunity and the role of the lymphatic system in defense.
d) Describe the structure and function of the male and female reproductive systems.
e) Explain the structure and function of the cardiopulmonary system in maintaining healthy perfusion.
f) Describe how the body maintains fluid and electrolyte balance.
g) Describe the structure and function of the gastrointestinal system and outline the basic processes of metabolism.

Indicative Module Content:

Firstly, we will discuss why the human body is the way it is. Content includes the chemical basis of life, cell structure and function, tissues and organs. In Homeostasis we examine the role of the autonomic and endocrine system in maintaining homeostasis of key variables and use temperature regulation as an exemplar. We will then examine the cellular, lymphatic and chemical immune responses of the body to injury. In Perfusion we will examine factors affecting cardiac dynamics and the cardiovascular structure and function. The skill of measuring and recording BP will be included. The anatomy and physiology of the respiratory system across the lifespan will then be studied. In Reproduction we will examine the structure and function of male and female reproductive systems and sexual development across the lifespan.
We will move on to discuss the importance of body water and composition and mechanisms to maintain fluid and electrolyte homeostasis. In the Gastrointestinal system we will examine nutrition and macro and micro-nutrients. The Anatomy and physiology of the GIT and cell metabolism will be presented.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Specified Learning Activities

50

Autonomous Student Learning

126

Lectures

60

Small Group

7

Computer Aided Lab

3

Laboratories

4

Total

250

Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
We appreciate that students learn in different ways.This module will utilise a variety of teaching and learning pedagogies. Teaching in this module will be via face-to-face lectures. Active participation in lectures is encouraged. There will be opportunities for further face to face interaction in a small group when students visit the anatomy dissection lab over the course of the semester.

Continuous assessment is embedded throughout the module with engagement in critical Smartbook readings from our core text accessed via the McGraw Hill Connect learning platform. Clinical exemplars are provided to promote application of material into clinical practice. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.


Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
 
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Examination: MCQ 1hr exam Week 6 No Standard conversion grade scale 40% No

40

Continuous Assessment: Online coursework. Throughout the Trimester n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No

20

Examination: MCQ exam 1hr 1 hour End of Trimester Exam No Standard conversion grade scale 40% Yes

40


Carry forward of passed components
Yes
 
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring Yes - 1 Hour
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment
• Online automated feedback

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

While undertaking continuous assessment activities feedback is automatically given after your response for on-line work. After the practical work, personal feedback will be delivered to you. Following the midterm exam you will receive your grade for that element and following the end of term exam you will receive your grade for that element. If you obtain <40% in the end of term exam, an in-module resit will be offered before the next relevant programme exam board. Results from this and for the module as a whole are then released by the college.

VANPUTTE, C., REGAN, J., RUSSO, A., SEELEY, R., STEPHENS, T. & TATE, P., 2020. Seeley's anatomy & physiology. 12th ed. New York: McGraw-Hill Education.
Name Role
Dr Paula Cornally Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Carmel Davies Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Ms Laura Gorman Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Catherine Redmond Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
 
Autumn
     
Practical Offering 1 Week(s) - 10 Fri 16:00 - 16:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 3 Mon 09:00 - 09:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 12 Mon 09:00 - 10:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 9, 10, 11 Mon 09:00 - 10:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 6 Mon 09:00 - 10:50
External & School Exams Offering 1 Week(s) - 7 Mon 18:30 - 20:30
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 11 Thurs 09:00 - 10:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 12 Thurs 09:00 - 10:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10 Thurs 09:00 - 10:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 6 Thurs 09:00 - 10:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 10 Thurs 16:00 - 16:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 12 Wed 09:00 - 10:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 9, 10, 11 Wed 09:00 - 10:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 6 Wed 09:00 - 10:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 8 Wed 09:00 - 10:50
Autumn