Understanding the Pathophysiology of Ill-Heath (Level 5)

Module summary

Module code: ANAT1082
Level: 5
Credits: 15
School: Education, Health and Human Sci
Department: Health Sciences
Module Coordinator(s): Terence Ferns



This course will provide the student with the opportunity to:

Expand the scientific knowledge gained in year one to the study of the aetiology and pathogenesis of common disease processes.
Examine the clinical manifestation of common symptoms of ill-health relating to common physical conditions compromising health and wellbeing.
Explore the impact of prescribed medication in relation to health and wellbeing.

Learning outcomes

On completing this course successfully you will be able to:

1. Demonstrate knowledge of biological sciences and its application to the aetiology and pathogenesis of common disease processes.
2. Explain the clinical manifestation of symptoms of ill-health relating to common physical conditions which compromise health and wellbeing.
3. Discuss the contribution of prescribed medication in relation to both improvements in health and well being and the rise of iatrogenic illness.

Indicative content

Personal responsibility;

Pathophysiology relating to altered anatomy and physiology of a variety of body systems;
Pathology, bacteriology, virology and parasitology;
Infection risk, infection transmission routes and the symptoms and development of local and systemic inflammatory responses;
Altered vital sign pathophysiology;
Contemporary public health challenges (e.g. obesity);
Indicators of unhealthy lifestyles;
Knowledge of basic pharmacology, pharmaco-dynamics, pharmaco-kinetics and pharmaco-therapeutics.

Clinical investigation interpretation;
Symptom identification;
Interpretation of the consequences of altered homeostasis.

Teaching and learning activity

Keynote lectures and skills sessions will be delivered to students across both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes

Interactive shared lectures, group work and self supported study facilitated by library facilities and materials posted on the virtual learning environment.
The VLE (Moodle) will be used as a platform for on-line activities, guided and independent reading to facilitate the development of evidence based knowledge.
Learning in Practice will involve the student in applying their knowledge and skills to care within their placement settings.

Learning Time (1 credit = 10 hours)

Contact Hours:
lectures 30
practical sessions
tutorials 10
Private Study 70
Assignments: course work and other forms of assessment:
laboratory work
examinations 2
preparation for examination 38


Unseen Examination - 100%
A two hour unseen examination divided into a multiple choice section and a short answer section to test the student's knowledge of the aetiology and pathogenesis of common disease processes including the contribution of prescribed medication.

Pass mark - 40%