Access to Health and Sport Science


This module provides students with an introduction to the structure and normal function of the human body.


The aim of this module is to provide the student with: a sound biological underpinning for sport and health studies.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module the student should be able to:

1.  Describe the organisation of the human body.

2.  Describe function of the major body sytems.

3.  Describe the basic structure and function of the human cell and body tissues.

4.  Describe the relationship between biology and health.

5.  Undertake simple biological measurements.

Indicative Content

1 Organisation of the human body

Biological hierarchy e.g. System, organ, tissue, cell, common anatomical terms; relative positions of body parts, planes and sections; and general body regions.

2 Body systems

Cardiovascular, respiratory , nervous, immune, endocrine, digestive, urinary, reproductive, integumentary, musulo-skeletal.

3 Cells and tissues

Structure and function of cells and tissues.

4 Relationship between biology and health

Definitions of health. Biology as a determinant of health. Relationship between social, economic and psychological factors and health.

5 Simple biological measurements

Measurement and documentation of radialpulse, respitory rate, PEFR, temperature. Comparison against norm values.

Statement on Teaching, Learning and Assessment

Knowledge and understanding in this module will be developed by the use of lectures and supervised practical activity and will be supported by directed independent study. Supervised practical activities will take place in the clinical skills laboratory and will develop the student's skills in the measurement of temperature, pulse, respiration rate and PEFR. Practicals will also been run in the Human Performance Laboratory. These will be utilised to develop practical understanding of subject theory and introduce students to the applied nature of the subject area. In addition the use of lab practicals will develop an understanding of the terminology and techniques used in physiological measurement. Practical transferable skills will begin to be developed during these and will serve the basis of future development in the subject area. Both the exam and the lab report are designed to assess both understanding and knowledge of theory whilst the lab report will begin the process of developing the ability of students to both understand, organise and interpret basic data.

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Total 200
Lecture 10
Tutorial/Seminar 10
Supervised Practical Activity 15
Unsupervised Practical Activity 0
Assessment 30
Independent 135

Guidance notes

Credit Value – The total value of SCQF credits for the module. 20 credits are the equivalent of 10 ECTS credits. A full-time student should normally register for 60 SCQF credits per semester.


We make every effort to ensure that the information on our website is accurate but it is possible that some changes may occur prior to the academic year of entry. The modules listed in this catalogue are offered subject to availability during academic year 2019/10 , and may be subject to change for future years.