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BSc Optometry / Course details

Year of entry: 2020

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Course unit details:
Anatomy and Physiology for Health Care Professionals I

Unit code OPTO10391
Credit rating 10
Unit level Level 1
Teaching period(s) Semester 1
Offered by Optometry
Available as a free choice unit? No





This unit aims to give students a robust understanding of the workings of the human body.  They will also develop the students understanding of the knowledge and practical application of anatomy and physiology which will then be applied to the principals and safe practice within healthcare professions.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

§  Describe the structure and function of the human body relevant to the practice of healthcare professions

§  Describe processes involving one or more body systems and their control

§  Describe structural and functional factors contributing to the maintenance of health and the development of disease

§  Synthesize knowledge into coherent descriptions and explanations of structure and function



·         Students will begin their study with an introduction to the human body and the concept of homeostasis.  This will include exploration of the different levels of structure from the chemical level through cellular, tissue, organ, system and finally the organism as a whole.

·         Students will study systems of the human body including; cardiovascular, respiratory, nervous, endocrine, renal and digestive system.



Teaching and learning methods

These units utilize a blended learning approach consisting of: key lectures which are supported by  self- assessment quizzes and e-learning resources delivered through blackboard. This allows the students to test their understanding and gain formative feedback on their progress. 

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Other 5%
Written exam 95%

Semester 1 – Formative examination (in week 6)

15min timed exam. Total of 10 marks (1 mark per question)

10 Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) and Extended Matching Questions (EMQs including clinical scenarios).Each student will be informed of their mark and feedback will be given.

OPTO10391 Semester 1 – Summative examination in January (95%)

Each exam will be 1hour duration. Total of 50 marks (1 mark per question)

Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) and Extended Matching Questions (EMQs) total 50 questions

E-learning quizzes (5%)

Students are required to take a series of consecutive summative assessments which will test their understanding of each of the major themes covered in the lectures. Each assessment will comprise of either true/false questions or MCQs, (similar format to the formative assessment and the final examination). The assessments open and need to be submitted, following the relevant lecture(s) by the dates indicated on Blackboard. Students are required to complete each assessment.
The summative online assessments will contribute a total of 5% towards the final unit mark for each unit. The remaining 95% of the unit mark is awarded on the basis of the final examination in January.

In order to succeed students will need to achieve a minimum overall score of 40%


Feedback methods

Opto10391: Students will receive feedback on their online mini tests and the formative reading week test.

Recommended reading

Tortora G,  Derrickson BH (2013) Introduction to the Human Body: The Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology, Illustrated Notebook Wiley

Colbert B, Ankney J, Lee K, Steggall M, Dingle M (2010)  Anatomy and Physiology for Nursing and Health Professionals Plus Interactive Physiology 10-System Suite CD-ROM Benjamin Cummings, Book with access code.

Patton K T, Thibodeau GA (2016) Structure and Function of the Body 15th Edition. Elsevier

Patton K T, Thibodeau GA (2015) Anatomy and Physiology & Physiology Online Package 9th Edition Elsevier




Study hours

Independent study hours
Independent study 0

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Elizabeth Sheader Unit coordinator

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