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Undergraduate Course: Health Life Sciences (NUST08017)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Health in Social Science CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits40 ECTS Credits20
SummaryThe course aims to equip students studying health and healthcare with a foundation of biomedical knowledge and skills.

Students are introduced to the physiological norms and then explore some deviations in these systems and how these might affect the individual.

Course description The course will be taught over two ten week semesters and will provide the students with introduction to biological science as applied to health.

In semester one attention will be given to introducing biological principles which form the basis of an understanding of body function.

In semester two the human body is then examined system by system. Attention is given to how these systems work, their normal anatomy and physiology, associated pathophysiology and their relationship to health care.

A sound knowledge will be developed of the physiological norms, the ability to recognise when these are compromised in an individual and the physical effects that these may have.

The course will include the anatomy and physiology of:
-Systems of Life
-Digestive / GI tract
-Introduction to nutrition
-Liver / Pancreas / Gallbladder
-Infection and immunity

Whilst the focus is on the anatomy and physiology of the human body, this is studied in the context of the individual and links are made to the holistic function of the person. In particular safe, effective, compassionate and respectful communication when dealing with people.

Please refer to Nursing Life Sciences NUST08014 for timetable information as both courses are taught together
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Understand the biological physiological and anatomical principles of the human body.
  2. Be aware of the basic disease principles which might affect the human body.
  3. Understand the role which health and social care practitioners have in promoting good physical health and wellbeing in individuals, families and communities.
  4. Identify the changing picture of disease and management in the 21st century
Reading List
Course texts
Waugh A & Grant A (2010) Ross & Wilson Anatomy and Physiology in Health and Illness. 11th Edition. Churchill Livingstone, Edinburgh.
Hall JE, Guyton AC. (2011) Guyton and Hall textbook of medical physiology. 12th Edition. Saunders/Elsevier, Philadelphia

Books for reference
Gillespie SH, Bamford KB (2012) Medical microbiology and infection at a glance. 4th Edition, Wiley-Blackwell, Chichester
Gilroy A, MacPherson BR, Ross LM, (2012) Atlas of Anatomy, 2nd Edition, Thieme, New York
Male D, Brostoff J, Roth DB, Roitt IM. (2013) Immunology. 8th Edition, Saunders/Elsevier, Philadelphia
Rang HP, Dale MM, Ritter JM, Flower RJ, Henderson G. (2012) Rang & Dale's pharmacology. 7th Edition, Churchill Livingstone, Edinburgh
Additional Information
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Course organiserDr Jennifer Tocher
Tel: (0131 6)51 1991
Course secretaryMiss Lee Gaedtke
Tel: (0131 6)51 3972
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