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2023/24 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

BMSC1100T Structure and Function (Anatomy and Physiology) of Human Body Systems (Teaching)

Module manager: Dr Charlotte Haigh

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2023/24

Pre-requisite qualifications

Biology, Chemistry or Physical Education A level or equivalent

This module is mutually exclusive with

BMSC1112Short Introduction to human body systems

Module replaces

FOBS1125 Introduction to Physiology

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module will assessed as part of a programme-level synoptic assessment. To view the relevant assessment unit(s):
For Biomedical Sciences, Neurobiology and Pharmacology visit
BMSC1322A Evidence Based Reports (Assessment - BMS)
BMSC1320A Application of Knowledge (Assessment - BMS).

For Sports Science and Human Physiology, Physical Activity and Health visit
BMSC1323A Evidence Based Reports (Assessment - SpSc)
BMSC1321A Application of Knowledge (Assessment - SpSc).

This module introduces the core concepts underpinning structure and function of human body systems, with an emphasis on how systems are structured, operate and interact. The idea that the environment, exercise or disease can disturb these systems will be introduced.


Learners should have a basic understanding of the physiological core concepts of structure and function, as well as homeostasis.

To explain these concepts using examples drawn from the anatomy and physiology of the main body systems, with deeper understanding of these concepts developed through illustrating how they may be altered pathologically, pharmacologically or by exercise.

On a weekly basis there will be an active learning session which will require learners to actively engage with the concepts and examples presented as pre-recorded screencasts prior to these sessions. The active learning session will allow for consolidation and discussion of the topics covered. Each week there will be a quiz to test understanding, 2 formative MCQ tests for the learners to fully judge their progress and 4 problem solving case studies to engage with and submit as a part of a team.

Learning outcomes
Explain the physiological concepts of structure and function of the major body systems including the cardiovascular, respiratory, gastrointestinal and renal systems.

Explain homeostasis, using examples drawn from the principal body systems and functions.

Appraise the physiological adaptions to these systems that occur during exercise and how these systems can be disturbed by disease.

Demonstrate the understanding of concepts covered in this module link to concepts covered elsewhere in the programme.

Skills outcomes
One of the key aims of this module is to help learners to transition to a university-style approach to learning, giving them personal responsibility for organising their learning. They will be provided with resources to synthesise an understanding of the subject material and be able to discuss these in an active learning environment.

Learners will develop skills relating to teamwork, creative problem solving, integration of knowledge and communication throughout the module through engagement with team-discussions of case studies & evidence-based reports


To explain and promote understanding of the 2 core concepts in Physiology of structure and function, and homeostasis, the following examples will be covered:

- The skeleton, gross anatomy and the musculoskeletal system;
- The brain, spinal cord and an introduction to neurobiology
- The organisation and function of the cardiovascular and respiratory systems
- The anatomy of the gastrointestinal system, and how this relates to the function;
- The structure of the renal system, how it excretes urine, and its role in water and electrolyte homeostasis;
- The processes involved in reproduction and the development of the foetus;
- The role of the endocrine system and how it interacts with other systems in the body
- Blood and the basics of the immune system responses

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Team Work45.0020.00
Independent online learning hours20.00
Private study hours109.00
Total Contact hours71.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

There is a 10 question quiz each week covering content from that week for learners to gain formative feedback. There will also be a 2 formative MCQ tests for learners to engage with.

Submitted four case studies receive peer and generic feedback

The associated assessment block, has a formative evidence informed report with formative feedback that will assess the learning outcomes of this module.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 15/09/2023


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