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PSIO1029 Foundations of Health Sciences for Physiotherapy

Module Overview

Using the biopsychosocial model, you will gain an understanding of the health sciences that underpin physiotherapy 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 relevant anatomical and physiological terminology
  • Describe the basic structure and function of relevant body systems in relation to the healthy human condition
  • Discuss the main concepts of key psychosocial models and concepts relevant to healthcare, such as health beliefs, identity, supported self-management, and behaviour change.
  • Understand the way in which the biopsychosocial model integrates the anatomical, physiological and psychosocial factors that impact upon a) patients' personal experiences and b) your clinical practice.


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 An overview of the nervous system, including the autonomic nervous system Structure and function of the cardiovascular system, including heart, vascular system, and key aspects of cardiac physiology Structure and function of the respiratory system, including respiratory tract, muscles of breathing, key aspects of respiratory physiology Lymphatics system and immune system Renal and digestive systems The endocrine system, including relevant links to the stress response and autonomic nervous system 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 review online lead lectures, complete online tasks and activities, and participate in 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.

Blended Learning80
Independent Study107.5
Total study time187.5

Resources & Reading list

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

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 and Physiology. 



Assessment tasks


MethodPercentage contribution
Exam 75%
MCQ-applied knowledge assessment 5%
MCQ-applied knowledge assessment 5%
MCQ-applied knowledge assessment 5%
MCQ-applied knowledge assessment 5%
MCQ-applied knowledge assessment 5%


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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