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Module Catalogue

SCQF Level: 08  

Module Code: MHN852

Credit Value: 20  

Year: 2017/8

Term: Term 2

School: School of Social and Health Sciences


This module continues to develop nursing students' knowledge and understanding of the structure and function of the human body across the lifespan.


The aim of this module is to build on earlier study to provide students with a sound understanding of human biology as it relates to mental health practice.

Learning Outcomes

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

1.  Describe the anatomy and physiological functions of the nervous system.

2.  Describe the anatomy and physiological functions of the musculoskeletal system.

3.  Describe the anatomy and physiological functions of the male and female reproductive systems.

4.  Demonstrate appropriate knowledge an understanding of basic disorders of cells and tissues.

5.  Demonstrate appropriate knowledge and understanding of pharmacology, indications, contraindications and side effects.

Indicative Content

1 Nervous System

Basic structure and overview of functions of the nervous system - the central nervous system, the brain, spinal cord and peripheral nervous system.

2 Musculoskeletal System

Basic structure of bone, types of joint, basic structure and function of the synovial joint, basic structure and action of skeletal muscle.

3 Reproductive System

Basic structure and overall functions of male and female reproductive systems. Normal physiological processes of pregnancy and childbirth.

4 Cell and Tissue Disorders

Differences between benign and malignant neoplasms, carcinogens, oncogenic viruses, neoplastic cell activity.

5 Pharmacology

Pharmaco-kinetics, pharmaco-dynamics and pharmaco-therapeutics; drug pathways and how medicines work; impacts of physiological state of patients on drug responses and safety, including vulnerable patients such as older adult, children, pregnant or breast feeding women; significant pathologies such as renal or hepatic impairment. Indications, contraindications and side effects

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.

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Total 200
Lecture 12
Tutorial/Seminar 12
Supervised Practical Activity 6
Unsupervised Practical Activity 0
Assessment 20
Independent 150


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.

Disclaimer: 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 2017/18 , and may be subject to change for future years.