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2023/24 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

MECH3200 Structure and Function of the Body

10 creditsClass Size: 40

Module manager: Dr Jennifer Edwards

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2023/24

This module is mutually exclusive with

MECH5210MStructure and Functional Biomechanics

This module is not approved as a discovery module


On completion of this module, students should be able to:
- describe and locate anatomical positions and directional terms, planes, sections and cavities
- demonstrate an awareness of the layers of structural organisation in the human body
- describe the gross anatomy and physiology of whole body systems (including the Musculoskeletal, nervous, cardiovascular, renal, respiratory, and gastrointestinal systems)
- suggest common histological techniques and recognise the structure of common tissue

Learning outcomes
After successfully completing this module, students will have engaged in independent learning and be able to:
1. Use appropriate terminology to describe anatomical positions, movements, planes, sections and cavities
2. Discuss layers of structural organisation of the human body, and have an awareness of how this relates to function
3. Describe whole body systems (including the musculoskeletal, nervous, cardiovascular, renal, respiratory, and gastrointestinal systems) in terms of anatomy and physiology
4. Discuss histological techniques that relate to common tissues and describe the structures observed
5. In a small group, apply the above and write an SOP (standard operating procedure) to characterise an organ system

Upon successful completion of this module the following UK-SPEC learning outcome descriptors are satisfied:
A comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the scientific principles and methodology necessary to underpin medical engineering, and an understanding and know-how of the scientific principles of related disciplines, to enable appreciation of the scientific and engineering context, and to support their understanding of relevant historical, current and future developments and technologies (SM1m)
Ability to apply and integrate knowledge and understanding of other engineering disciplines to support study of study of medical engineering and the ability to evaluate them critically and to apply them effectively (SM3m)
Understanding of concepts relevant to the discipline, some from outside engineering, and the ability to evaluate them critically and to apply them effectively in medical engineering projects (SM6m)
Knowledge of characteristics of particular equipment, processes or products, with extensive knowledge and understanding of a wide range of engineering materials and components (P2m)
Understanding of the use of technical literature and other information sources (P4)
Apply their skills in problem solving, communication, information retrieval, working with others, and the effective use of general IT facilities (G1)
Exercise initiative and personal responsibility, which may be as a team member or leader (G4)


Using on-line learning resources, with 3D graphics, interactive tools and online learning quiz’s, students will be encouraged to learn independently in the following areas:
- Directional terms, plans, sections and cavities of the human body will be described
- An overview of a body plan and organisation
- Gross anatomy and physiology of the major systems will be outlined
- Tissue structures will be considered at a macro- and micro-scale

In small groups students will then take part in a practical session where they will dissect and charcterise an organ system, they will need to describe this in a detailed SOP (standard operating procedure)

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Independent online learning hours64.00
Private study hours27.00
Total Contact hours9.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

Students will use directed online resources (e.g. Anatomy and Physiology, Primal pictures) and will be guided on modules to study.
On-line quizzes and short answer questions will be set up on the VLE for students to submit at regular intervals to enable monitoring of engagement and performance.

Private study relates to the compilation of a group report relating to the practical session.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

An online discussion board will be monitored during specified times each week.
Online quizzes undertaken during live tutorial slots and following asynchronous materials

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
In-course AssessmentSummative and formative assessment of progress through a guided study package and tutorial contributions40.00
PracticalStudents to write an SOP and report relating to a practical session in small groups.60.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Resit coursework offered

Reading list

There is no reading list for this module

Last updated: 08/09/2023


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