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2024/25 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

BMSC1112 Short Introduction to human body systems

10 creditsClass Size: 150

Module manager: Dr Charlotte Haigh

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2024/25

Pre-requisite qualifications

Normally A level Biology .PE or Chemistry or equivalent

Module replaces


This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

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, and 2 problem solving case studies to engage with and submit as a part of a team.

Learning outcomes
1. Explain the physiological concepts of structure and function of human body systems including cardiovascular, nervous, respiratory and gastro intestinal.

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

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

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 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.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Team Work25.0010.00
Independent online learning hours10.00
Private study hours49.00
Total Contact hours41.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

There is a 10 question quiz each week (MCQ format) covering content from that week for learners to gain formative feedback.

Formative case studies will give students peer and generic feedback. Engagement with this will be tracked.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
In-course MCQOnline (OTLA) 1 hour- 40 questions100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

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

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 29/04/2024 16:10:50


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