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The University of Southampton

NPCG1025 Foundations of Health Sciences for Nursing Practice

Module Overview

Using the biopsychosocial model, you will gain an understanding of the health sciences that underpin nursing practice. You will learn about the relevant anatomy and physiology, and how it is integrated from the cellular level to the organ systems level. You will also gain an understanding of human health and functioning, and people's physical, psychological and social development, across the lifespan.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Understand and demonstrate knowledge of scientific terminology relevant to the study of health and life sciences for nursing
  • Describe the basic structure and function of cells, tissues and key body systems
  • Discuss key psychosocial models and concepts relevant to healthcare, (such as health beliefs, identity, supported self-management, and behaviour change).
  • Describe key milestones in physical, psychological and social development through childhood, adolescence and into adulthood


The material delivered in the lecture programme may include: Anatomical terminology Cells and tissues Biochemistry and metabolism Integumentary system including inflammation and tissue repair Musculoskeletal System including the structure and function of bones, joints and associated muscles, common bone disorders e.g. osteoporosis, degenerative and inflammatory arthritis An overview of the nervous system including the autonomic nervous system and special senses Structure and function of the cardio-respiratory system: heart, arteries, veins, respiratory tract, muscles of breathing, key aspects of respiratory and cardiac physiology Lymphatics and immune system including links to immunisation Renal and digestive system including basic nutrition The endocrine system including relevant links to the stress response and autonomic nervous system Reproduction and development including milestones in physical developmental through childhood, adolescence and into maturity Key principles of psychosocial sciences will be provided within a biopsychosocial framework. Topics may include: Health and illness beliefs and cognitions Identity and supported self-management Depersonalisation, dignity and general empathy Loss and Coping Models of health behaviours and readiness to change Psychological, social and identity development through childhood, adolescence and into adulthood.

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.

Guided independent study141.5
Blended Learning40
Total study time187.5

Resources & Reading list

Marieb EN and Keller SM (2017). Essentials of human anatomy and physiology, global edition . 

Walker J, Payne S, Jarrett N, Ley T (2012). Psychology for nurses and the caring professions. 

Boyd D and Bee H (2012). Lifespan development. 

Denny E, Earle S and Hewison A (2016). Sociology for nurses . 

Anatomy.TV (Primal Pictures Online) (access usually free at point of use during studentship).

LWW Health Library Online (access usually free at point of use during studentship).

Peate I and Gormley Fleming E (2015). Fundamentals of Children's Anatomy and Physiology: a textbook for Nursing and Healthcare Students. 

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


Assessment Strategy

Multiple choice question (MCQ) examination


MCQ-applied knowledge assessment


MethodPercentage contribution
MCQ-applied knowledge assessment  (1.5 hours) 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:


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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