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HPRS1032 Principles of Healthcare Science

Module Overview

This shared module builds upon aspects of the preceding 'Foundations of Healthcare Sciences' module. Students will advance their understanding in key aspects of neuromuscular physiology and anatomy in addition to being introduced to fundamental and applied aspects of pharmacology, genetics and genomics and reproduction. Relevant psychosocial and mental health topics that can influence health behaviours will also be addressed.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Describe the anatomy and physiology of the reproductive system.
  • Explain the principles of inheritance, DNA, genetics and genomics.
  • Explain the process of human development from conception to birth.
  • Explain the basic principles of pharmacology, pharmacokinetics and therapeutics including drug naming and classifications, definitions of terms, as well as related mathematical concepts where appropriate.
  • Describe key psycho-social factors, such as adherence, memory, pain, mental health and related models, which can influence health behaviours.
  • Explain the anatomy and physiology of the sensory and motor systems.


The syllabus will include: An introduction to pharmacology and e.g. pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, therapeutics. An introduction to reproduction and development in the womb. An Introduction to genetics and genomics including Mendelian inheritance, the structure and function of nucleic acids and chromosomes. An introduction to the anatomy and physiology of the motor and sensory systems, which will build upon the basic understanding of the neuro-muscular system covered in Foundation of Healthcare Science. An introduction to key psycho-social factors, such as Adherence, memory, mental health and related models, which can influence health behaviours.

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 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 you professional responsibility.

Blended Learning34
Independent Study153.5
Total study time187.5

Resources & Reading list

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

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

Marieb, E. (2018). Human Anatomy & Physiology (10th Ed.). 





MethodPercentage contribution
Assessment 80%
MCQ-applied knowledge assessment 5%
MCQ-applied knowledge assessment 5%
MCQ-applied knowledge assessment 5%
MCQ-applied knowledge assessment 5%


MethodPercentage contribution
Short answer questions 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: External

Linked modules


To study this module, you will need to have studied the following module(s):

HPRS1031Foundations of Healthcare Science


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:


No additional costs associated with the module although you may require the lab coat that you will have purchased for Foundations of Healthcare Sciences.

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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