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HPRS1031 Foundations of Healthcare Science

Module Overview

This shared module will provide a broad introductory foundation in the sciences that underpin the practice of Occupational Therapy. It will enable you to gain an integrated understanding of relevant anatomy, physiology and aspects of pathophysiology from the cellular level to the level of whole-body systems.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

This shared module will develop the student's underpinning knowledge of cell biology, histology, anatomy and physiology to provide them with the foundations for study in healthcare science.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Explain the chemical, cellular and tissue level of organisation of the body and the structure and function of the cell.
  • Explain the basic principles of biochemistry, metabolism and nutrition.
  • Describe the basic anatomy, physiology of body systems including: the integumentary, skeletal, respiratory, cardiovascular, lymphatic, nervous, endocrine, digestive and renal systems.
  • Describe a range of pathophysiological responses to disease at the cellular, tissue and systems level.
  • Examine patient responses to illness and treatment and consider the impact of psychological and social factors on health and health-related behaviour.


You will be directed to attend compulsory lectures which are identified as essential to underpin your future practice. In addition to the lead lectures, a series of ‘Health Science specific’ practical classes and seminars will reinforce and build on core lecture content. A broad introduction to key knowledge and principles across body systems will be complimented with psychosocial science and biological concepts that underpin healthcare science. For example basic principles of cells and tissues, responses to tissue damage and repair, immunology and an introduction to the anatomy, physiology of key body systems. Pathophysiology of disease development in common diseases will be discussed where appropriate

Special Features

Shared teaching is a key feature of Foundations of Healthcare Sciences. Students from different professional programmes including Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy and Podiatry will attend lectures alongside those from Healthcare Sciences. Where appropriate, input from service users or representatives of service user groups will be sought to enhance the teaching and learning activities on this module.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

This module will use a blended-learning approach, with a range of teaching and learning activities. You will be directed to attend lead lectures, practical anatomy classes and/or seminars which are identified as essential to underpin your knowledge and future practice. You should also develop the skills and initiative necessary to manage your own independent learning as part of your professional responsibility.

Preparation for scheduled sessions27.5
Wider reading or practice100
Total study time187.5

Resources & Reading list

Anatomy.TV (Primal Pictures Online) (Access free at the point of use during studentship).

LWW Health Library Online (Access free at the point of use during studentship).

Elaine Marieb & Katja Hoehn (2018). Human Anatomy & Physiology. 

Acland's video atlas of human anatomy. (Access usually free at the point of use during studentship).



Assessment tasks


MethodPercentage contribution
Assessment 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Assessment 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: External


Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:


White lab coat for use in Anatomy classes. (this lab coat will also be needed for later modules).

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

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