Anatomy, Physiology and Human Biology


An introduction to the human body which is focussed on structure, organisation and function.


The aim of this module is to provide the student with an understanding of the structure organisation and function of the human body

Learning Outcomes

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

1.  Describe the structure of the human body

2.  Describe the different body systems and their functions

3.  Describe the role of biological processes in human life

4.  Identify potential problems which might arise when body systems or biological processes fail or become disordered

Indicative Content

1 Anatomy of the human body and body systems

Description of the body, its components and systems; skeletal, muscular, nervous, respiratory, cardiovascular, lymphatic, endocrine, digestive, urinary, intergumentary and reproductive systems

2 Body and function

An outline of the function of the systems, component organs and their functions. Development of the body from conception to old age.

3 Basic biological processes

Cell structure and function, function of genes, enzymes, vitamins, neurotransmitters, biology of life and reproduction, homeostasis

4 Common problems

Defining health and illness. What is normal and is difference deviance? Cultural perspectives on normal and desirable. The role of inheritance, lifestyle, illness and the body. External factors which adversely affect the body. Modifiable and non-modifiable risk factors. Approaches to dysfunction, medicine, surgery, lifestyle change, adaption and self management.

Statement on Teaching, Learning and Assessment

This module is delivered in blended learning format with lectures and associated learning tasks taking place online and tutorials taking place face- to-face. In this instance supervised practical activity refers to online learning activity.

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Total 200
Lecture 0
Tutorial/Seminar 12
Supervised Practical Activity 18
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.


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 2019/20 , and may be subject to change for future years.