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NPCG1015 Foundations of Health Science

Module Overview

This module will enable you to begin to develop a deep knowledge of the normal anatomy and physiology, pharmacology and genetics which underpins nursing and midwifery practice.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

See the learning outcomes below.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Describe the anatomy and physiology of the systems of the body and how the systems interact to maintain homeostasis
  • Describe how the systems interact to maintain homeostasis
  • Recognise the changing physiology across the age continuum


Organisation of the body • Level of organisation • Anatomical positions, directional and regional terms, cavities and membranes • Homeostasis Cells and Tissues • Diversity of cells • Microbiology relevant to practice • Comparison of bacteria, viruses and fungi o Portals of entry and exit and the chain of infection o Vaccination • Structure and function of tissues • Wound healing Pharmacology • Pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics • Effects of drugs on different periods of the lifespan Body systems • Discuss the structure and function of the body systems o Integumentary system o Musculoskeletal system o Nervous system o Special senses o Endocrine system o Cardiovascular system o Immune system o Respiratory system o Digestive system o Urinary system, fluids and electrolytes o Reproductive system Pregnancy, human development and Inheritance o Maternal, foetal and neonatal adaptations o Placental development o Developmental physiology and aging o Heredity ? Genetics and genetic variation ? Types of inheritance ? Genetic screening Pain o Physiology of transmission of pain o Theories of pain o Assessment of pain o Methods of pain management

Special Features

This is a predominantly TEL module and support for student learning is provided with 8 seminars. To support the module an electronic study resource is bought from Elsevier.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

This module will use a variety of learning and teaching strategies to cover generic and profession specific topics such as: • Technology enhanced learning • Lectures • Learning group activities • Guided reading Students will be encouraged to access current research to support their study.

Preparation for scheduled sessions4
Completion of assessment task30
Total study time72

Resources & Reading list

Marieb, EN and Hoehn, K. (2010). Human anatomy and physiology. 

Raynor, M. and England, C. (2010). Psychology for midwives. Pregnancy, childbirth and puerperium. 

Foss, M. and Farine, T. (2007). Science in nursing and healthcare. 

Galbraith, A., Bullock, S., Manias, E., Hunt, B. and Richards, A. (2007). Fundamentals of pharmacology: an applied approach for nursing and allied health. 

Bannister, C. (2004). The midwife’s pocket formulary: commonly prescribed drugs for mother and child, drugs and breastfeeding, contra-indications and side effects. 

Coad ,J and Dunstal, M. (2005). Anatomy and physiology for midwives. 

Stable, D. and Rankin, J (2005). Physiology in childbearing, with anatomy and related biosciences. 

Porth, C.M. (2011). Essentials of pathophysiology. 



MethodPercentage contribution
CAA Exam  (120 minutes) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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