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HPRS1029 Scientific Basis of Healthcare Science (Part 3)

Module Overview

This module will provide a basic, yet broad foundation in the sciences that underpin the practice of Healthcare Sciences. Leading on from the SBHCS Pt 1 (1026) and SBHCS Pt 2 modules, the current module will enable students to further their understanding of pharmacological and mathematical concepts, concepts associated with infection control and microbiology and engage with current research, to facilitate their application of knowledge within a healthcare setting.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

The overall aim of this module is to ensure that students have the underpinning knowledge of pharmacology, pharmacokinetics/dynamics, therapeutics, and mathematical concepts related to these, and have an understanding of new and applicable healthcare developments and scholarly activities to provide the foundations for study in Healthcare Science.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Explain the basic principles of pharmacology, pharmacokinetics and therapeutics including drug names and classifications, definitions of terms and basic mechanisms relating mechanisms to specific pathologies where appropriate.
  • Recognise the difference between pharmacology, clinical pharmacology, therapeutics and prescribing and medicine management.
  • Understand basic mathematical concepts.
  • Become recipients of research evidence in healthcare science by considering the range of research activity in healthcare science / cardiac physiology / respiratory & sleep physiology by accessing professional journals and associated literature.
  • Be aware of potential new developments in the field of healthcare.
  • Explain the basic principles of microbiology including natural defences, infection control, bacteria, recognition of extracellular pathogens, virus types and structures, viral infection and replication.
  • Respect and understand individuals’ beliefs and ways of coping with illness.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the influence of culture and beliefs on health.
  • Use a range of study skills including time management, organisational skills, using the library, search engines, self-directed learning, critical analysis and avoiding plagiarism.


Healthcare science students will be directed to attend taught lectures which are identified as essential to underpin their future practice. In addition to the lead lectures, a series of ‘Healthcare Science specific’ practical classes and seminars will reinforce and build on core lecture content. A broad introduction to key knowledge and principles in relation to pharmacology, pharmaco-kinetics/dynamics, therapeutics, and basic mathematical concepts will be provided. In addition, students will be expected to pursue a range of scholarly activities that introduces them to new and innovative developments in the field of healthcare.

Special Features

This module will be supported by the strong science base within the University of Southampton. It is our intention to maximise opportunities for our students working within this robust academic environment by sharing learning opportunities and being exposed to experts in the field. The faculty has invested in electronic learning resources provided by the Pearson publishing group. This will enhance the delivery of physiology and anatomy content through access to an e-copy of the Marieb & Hoehn text and associated e-learning resources, free at the point of use. Students will also have free access throughout the course to Acland’s video Atlas of Human Anatomy.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Learning opportunities will include both profession-specific learning and learning alongside students from other Faculty of Health programmes. The teaching and learning methods will include lectures, seminars, practical classes and self-directed study. Learning will be augmented by electronic learning resources, core texts and directed study activities. Students will be encouraged to take responsibility for the development of their own learning, utilising a variety of means to achieve this such as, multimedia resources, the library, and through self-directed development of the study skills necessary to access these resources.

Independent Study155
Total study time187

Resources & Reading list

Acland’s video Atlas of Human Anatomy ; 

Petrie and Sabin (2009). Medical statistics at a glance. 

McCance and Huether (2014). Pathophysiology: the biologic basis for disease in adults and children. 

Kumar, Abbas and Aster (2013). Robbins basic pathology. 

Waller, Derek G, et al (2009). Medical Pharmacology and Therapeutics. 

Stringer (2006). Basic concepts in pharmacology: a student’s survival guide. 

Kazung, Masters and Trevor (2012). Basic and clinical pharmacology. 

Elaine Marieb & Katja Hoehn (2014). Human Anatomy & Physiology. 

Campbell, Machin and Walters (2007). Medical Statistics: a textbook for the health sciences. 

Rang & Dale (2011). Rang & Dale’s Pharmacology. 


Assessment Strategy

Formative: online Extended Matched Questions (EMQ) and short answer questions which test understanding of the module content. The students will review their own work by checking for correct answers via the Blackboard online learning resource. Summative: timed exam comprising unseen EMQ and short answer questions.


Case Based Discussions


MethodPercentage contribution
Short answer questions 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: External

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