Human Anatomy and Physiology I - BIOS3070

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Spring Term 4 15 (7.5) Elisabeth Curling checkmark-circle


This module will consider the anatomy and function of normal tissues, organs and systems and then describe their major pathophysiological conditions. It will consider the aetiology of the condition, its biochemistry and its manifestation at the level of cells, tissues and the whole patient. It may also cover the diagnosis and treatment of the disease condition.
Indicative topics will include:
• Cells and tissues
• Membrane dynamics
• Cell communication and homeostasis
• Introduction to the nervous system
• Cardiovascular system
• Respiratory system
• Immune system and inflammation
• Blood cells and clotting
• Urinary system
• Digestive system, liver and pancreas


Contact hours

Private Study: 123
Contact Hours: 27
Total: 150

Method of assessment

• Practical Report (14 questions) – 20%
• MCQ Assessment (40 questions) – 20%
• Examination (2 hours) – 60%

Indicative reading

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

1. Describe the main physiological systems of the body and the basic anatomical structure and histology of the principal organs in these systems.
2. Understand the role of the main physiological systems in the maintenance of whole body homeostasis.
3. Describe the consequences of alteration of normal physiological states and the evolution of disease.


  1. Credit level 4. Certificate level module usually taken in the first stage of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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