Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 1
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 18 x 1 hour lectures


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Exam 2 Hours   MCQ exam  70%
Semester Assessment Team presentation of health topic  15%
Semester Assessment Essay on health topic  15%
Supplementary Exam 2 Hours   MCQ exam  100%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

Demonstrate an understanding of human biological systems and their interrelationships. Explain how biotic and abiotic factors impact upon human health and fitness.

Describe and illustrate with appropriate examples how human society responds to challenges upon its health.


This module lays the foundations in human biology and health for more advanced modules in years 2 and 3, fulfils requirements of academic progression, and provides stand-alone grounding in an interesting and popular biological discipline.

Brief description

This module covers the general biology of humans, particularly in relation to health and well-being, and disease resulting from both biotic and abiotic influences.


The lectures cover the organization and development of the human body, and include fertilisation, embryology, development, ageing, evolution, blood, circulatory system, immune system, skeletal system, muscular system, respiratory system, urinary system, reproductive system, nervous system, sensory system, endocrine system, digestive system and nutrition. For each system, a case study is described that illustrates how human health is compromised.

As continuous assessment, students choose, research, prepare and present as a team and individually their own example of how human health is damaged by biotic or abiotic factors.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Communication * Read in different contexts and for different purposes * Write for different purposes and audiences * Speak in different contexts and for different purposes (inc presentation and discussion) ¿ Listen effectively
Improving own Learning and Performance *Show awareness of own learning styles, personal preferences and needs, and barriers to learning *Devise and apply realistic learning and self management strategies
Information Technology *Use a range of commonly used software packages *Prepare and input data *Manage storage systems *Use email /internet appropriately and effectively
Personal Development and Career planning *Develop awareness of personal skills, beliefs and qualities in relation to course/career progression *Plan and prepare for future course/career *Market skills, experience and achievement effectively on paper and in person *Understand and use a range of job search strategies
Subject Specific Skills A number of vocational opportunities will arise from the knowledge base and work experience

Reading List

Should Be Purchased
Johnson, M.D. (2003) Human biology: concepts and current issues Benjamin Cummings Primo search
Recommended Text
Arking, R. (1998) Biology of Aging Freeman Primo search Epstein, R.J. (2003) Human molecular biology Cambridge Primo search Kowalski, R.M., Westen, D. & Frankmann, S.P. (2004) Psychology: brain, behaviour and culture Wiley Primo search McConkey, E.H. (1993) Human genetics: the molecular revolution Jones and Bartlett Primo search Pinon, R. (2002) Biology of human reproduction Freeman Primo search Strachan, T. & Read, A.P. (2003) Human molecular genetics Taylor and Francis Primo search Sudbery, P. (2002) Human molecular genetics Prentice Hall Primo search Tortora, G.J. & Grabowski, S.R. (2004) Introduction to the human body: essentials of anatomy and physiology Wiley Primo search Waugh, A. & Grant, A. (2001) Ross and Wilson: Anatonmy and Physiology in Health and Illness. Churcill Livingstone Primo search Wood, P. (2001) Understanding immunology Prentice Hall Primo search


This module is at CQFW Level 4