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PSIO1032 Applied Health Sciences for Physiotherapy

Module Overview

This shared module builds upon the preceding 'Foundations of Health Sciences' and 'Principles of Health Sciences' modules by challenging students to demonstrate knowledge in a more applied fashion. On completion of this module, you will be expected to be able to describe, in detail, the biopsychosocial approach using relevant evidence to apply this model to your own clinical practice. Using a variety of case study approaches, this module will serve to extend your knowledge and understanding of the basic structure and function of the cardiovascular- and respiratory systems, as delivered in the Foundations of Health Sciences module. More complex descriptions of the anatomy and physiological processes involved in normal functioning of these systems will provided. In addition, various pathophysiological processes will be explored in relation to a number of relevant health conditions. You will gain an insight into the strategies that facilitate effective communication in a healthcare setting. You will be given opportunity to consider and practice communication skills through written and verbal interaction with peers, academics, clinicians and patients, where applicable.

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.
  • 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.
  • 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) Psychosocial: - Factors influencing a patient's health-related quality of life 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 shared 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.

Independent Study148.5
Blended Learning39
Total study time187.5

Resources & Reading list

Carol Mattson Porth (2015). Essentials of Pathophysiology. 

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



Proposal and plan


MethodPercentage contribution
Assignment  ( words) 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):

PSIO1030Principles of Health Sciences for Physiotherapy
PSIO1029Foundations of Health Sciences for Physiotherapy


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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