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2021/22 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

ARCS1120 Biological Basis of Healthcare 1

15 creditsClass Size: 60

Module manager: Mr John Gierula

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2021/22

Pre-requisite qualifications

Programme Entry Requirements for BSc (Hons) Healthcare Science (Audiology)
Programme entry requirements for BSc (Hons) Healthcare Science (Cardiac Physiology)

Module replaces


This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

As an introductory module it will provide an overview and reinforcement of key concepts with respect to the organisation, structure and function of the body, and important areas such as, clinical pharmacology and therapeutics, genomics, personalised/precision medicine and clinical bioinformatics. Achievement of each learning outcome provides the building blocks for the division- and specialism-specific learning to follow, ensuring a common starting point for all students.


The objective of this module is provide students with the underpinning biological and scientific knowledge regarding the human body required for the practice of healthcare science in the area of the physiological sciences.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module students will be able to:

- Explain the chemical, cellular and tissue level of organisation of the body and the structure and function of the cell
- Describe the anatomy and physiology of the central nervous system
- Discuss the context of cellular physiology with regard to the function of the whole organism and health, including cellular injury.
- Describe the major metabolic pathways, energetic and energy metabolism
- Explain the influence of genetics and heredity on health
- Explain the basic principles of immunology, microbiology (including infection control) and pharmacology

Skills outcomes
Infection control
Application of biological systems knowledge to professional fields of audiology or cardiac physiology (as appropriate).


The following topics areas will be addressed: introduction to the concepts of health, cell structure and function, major metabolic pathways and protein metabolism. The principles of DNA, genetic inheritance and the impact of genes on health will be considered. Cell injury and responses to disease processes will be introduced, as will the principles of histology. The basic principles of immunology, microbiology and infection prevention will also be covered. The basic principles of clinical pharmacology will be addressed. Pathophysiological processes related to common diseases will be introduced.

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Independent online learning hours20.00
Private study hours108.00
Total Contact hours22.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Private study

Students will provided with worksheets to complete throughout the semester (approximately 1 every 2 weeks) which will cover and expand on material discussed during lectures. Students will also be provided with example exam questions with model answers throughout the semester covering topics covered during the lectures, a minimum of 3 questions will be provided for each topic. This will facilitate students and staff in monitoring student progress and also help them prepare for their summative assessment. The remainder of the private study time will be used to engage with the lecture material, including completing recommended and further reading, and prepare for the assessments.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Students will be able to self - monitor their progress via the provision of model answers post completion of worksheets and example exam questions. This will allow students to assess if further support is required for a particular topic.

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Problem SheetEvery 2 weeks within semester 10.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)0.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Online MCQ2 hr 100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)100.00

PSRB approval will be required to assessment change in 20/21. The online MCQ examination will occur during the University standard assessment weeks for semester 1. Resit examinations will occur during the University resit period. There will be 1 resit opportunity.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 10/08/2020 08:42:29


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