Module Identifier BS12310  
Academic Year 2004/2005  
Co-ordinator Dr Glyn Jenkins  
Semester Semester 1  
Other staff Dr Iolo Ap Gwynn, Dr Peter M Brophy  
Course delivery Lecture   18 Hours 18 x 1 hour lectures  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Exam2 Hours Written exam  90%
Semester Assessment Presentation of health assignment  10%
Supplementary Exam2 Hours Written 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, psychology, 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 orally their own example of how human health is damaged by biotic or abiotic factors.

Reading Lists

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


This module is at CQFW Level 4