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HPRS1033 Applied Healthcare Science

Module Overview

This shared module will continue from 'Foundations' and 'Extended' Healthcare Sciences modules to provide broad underpinning scientific and healthcare science information on which to build the knowledge, principles and skills necessary for advancing your professional practice. You will investigate pathophysiological responses to a range of cardiovascular and respiratory conditions, as well as the basic principles of microbiology and infection control. You will explore the patient-experience in relation to health and well-being, and a range of opportunities will be provided to augment your written and practical communication skills. You will be expected to engage with current research and pursue a range of scholarly activities that introduces you to new and innovative developments in the field of healthcare.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Describe the detailed structure and function, and the key anatomical and physiological changes associated with a range of common pathologies and health conditions affecting the cardiovascular and respiratory systems
  • Explain the basic principles of microbiology including natural defences, infection control, bacteria, recognition of extracellular pathogens, virus types and structures, viral infection and replication.
  • Demonstrate your knowledge and understanding of the integrated nature of anatomical, pathophysiological, and psychosocial factors that may influence the patient experience.
  • Demonstrate your understanding of effective communication in healthcare, and describe how this may impact upon your ability to communicate with a range of individuals, including, but not limited to, patients, care givers and practitioners.
  • To be a recipient of research evidence in healthcare science by considering a range of research activities, demonstrate your ability to search for and utilise appropriate research evidence, and be aware of advances in healthcare research and innovation.


Using a range of case study approaches that are reflective of current practice, the syllabus may include information pertaining to the following: Cardiovascular and Respiratory Systems: - Various pathologies of the cardiovascular and respiratory systems (e.g., heart defects, cardiovascular disease, thrombus / embolus formation, infarction, oedema, COPD, asthma, infection) Microbiology and infection control Psychosocial: - Factors influencing a patient's health-related quality of life. - Underpinning theoretical models, e.g., World Health Organisation (WHO) model of Functioning, Disability and Health. Communication: - Theory and application of effective strategies for communicating with peers / patients / care givers / practitioners, in consideration of the many differing backgrounds of individuals (e.g., differing ages / with learning disabilities / experiencing mental health problems, i.e., stress, anxiety, depression). - Understanding, accessing, and critiquing research evidence - Evidence-based practice

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 which are identified as essential to underpin your knowledge and future practice. You should also gain the skills necessary to manage your own learning, and to exercise initiative, and personal and professional responsibility.

Blended Learning39
Independent Study148.5
Total study time187.5

Resources & Reading list

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

Carol Mattson Porth (2015). Essentials of Pathophysiology. 



Proposal and plan


MethodPercentage contribution
Assignment 90%
Online test 5%
Online test 5%


MethodPercentage contribution
Assignment 90%
Online test 5%
Online test 5%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: External

Linked modules


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

HPRS1032Principles of Healthcare Science
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:


There are no additional costs associated with this module.

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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