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Unit information: Foundations of Health and Wellbeing in 2021/22

Unit name Foundations of Health and Wellbeing
Unit code EENGM0017
Credit points 30
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Dr. Hanna Kristiina Isotalus
Open unit status Not open

Only students entering on Engineering and Computer Science stream



School/department Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering
Faculty Faculty of Engineering

Description including Unit Aims

This Unit aims to describe a range of physiological processes, their impact on health, wellbeing and care, and the globally important conditions and diseases linked to them. A focus for each system will be on aspects of physiology where digital systems could make an impact especially in a community context, whether that be through monitoring, aiding diagnosis, decision making or behaviour change.

Unit content:

  • Growth, development and sexual health.
  • Nutrition, movement/activity and related disease.
  • Mental health and sleep.
  • The cardiovascular and respiratory systems including common health conditions.
  • Cancers.
  • The nervous system and its pathologies such as dementia and Parkinson’s Disease.
  • Sensory impairments and ageing.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Having completed this unit, the student is expected to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of core physiological processes and behaviours prevalent to health and wellbeing.
  2. Explain how changes and differences in health-related behaviours and physiological processes can be measured.
  3. Discuss and evaluate the types of decisions that might be made (either by a clinician or individuals monitoring health) as a result of having data generated from digital systems.

Teaching Information

This unit will consist of a combination of teaching and learning methods including key lectures, group seminars and structured reflection.

Assessment Information

TB1 Assessment

1 x essay – 25%

TB2 Assessment

1 x essay – 25%

1 x Assessment – 50%

All assessments test all ILOs


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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

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The Board of Examiners will consider all cases where students have failed or not completed the assessments required for credit. The Board considers each student's outcomes across all the units which contribute to each year's programme of study. If you have self-certificated your absence from an assessment, you will normally be required to complete it the next time it runs (this is usually in the next assessment period).
The Board of Examiners will take into account any extenuating circumstances and operates within the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes.