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Unit information: Foundations in Bioscience II: Tissues to Organisms in 2020/21

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Unit name Foundations in Bioscience II: Tissues to Organisms
Unit code ANAT10004
Credit points 20
Level of study C/4
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Dr. Fulford
Open unit status Not open

Foundations in Bioscience I: Molecules to Cells



School/department School of Anatomy
Faculty Faculty of Health Sciences

Description including Unit Aims

The unit aims to provide Gateway students with the fundamental understanding of tissues and organisms that underpins the study and practice of Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary Science. The unit will act as an introduction to the biomedical sciences which underpin the curricula of these professional programmes. In addition, the unit aims to provide students with an understanding of the method and importance of scientific enquiry in clinical science.

Intended Learning Outcomes

1.1. Identify and describe the structure and function of various tissues: epithelia, connective tissues, muscle, nerve

1.2. Identify and describe anatomical structures and various body systems and organs in different species

1.3. Describe the basic organisation of the body defence systems

1.4 Describe the basic organisation of the nervous system of the mammalian body

1.5 Describe basic organisation of the musculoskeletal system in control of movement

1.6 How organisms respond to the environment

1.7 Describe the basic organisation of the endocrine system of the mammalian body including the role of major hormones

1.8 Describe the basic organisation of the mammalian urinary system and osmoregulatory control

1.9 Describe the relationship between the structure and function of the alimentary system in digestion

1.10 Describe the relationship between the structure and function of the reproductive system in male and females

1.11 Describe basic organisation of the cardiorespiratory system and how it adapts to exercise

In addition students should gain the following skills:

2.1. The ability to undertake self-directed study in a laboratory setting and/or through use of online resources

2.2. The ability to work collaboratively with peers in a laboratory and/or tutorial setting

2.3. An understanding of experimental design and hypothesis testing

2.4. The ability to undertake basic measurements and assays in a laboratory setting

2.5. The ability to analyse experimental data and to draw conclusions from it

2.6. The ability to present experimental data and information in written form

2.7 The ability to present information in written form

2.8 The ability to use computers for e-learning and library assignments

2.9 The ability to identify and utilise primary scientific literature

2.10 The ability to engage successfully with team work

Teaching Information

Lectures, tutorials, practicals and workshops

Assessment Information

The assessed ILOs are indicated in brackets.


Blackboard quizzes (2.1-2.11, 1.1, 1.2)


(2.1-2.9, 1.1, 1.2, 1.8, 1.11) Lab Reports (20%)

Must Pass - a minimum pass mark of 50% must be achieved in the following summative assessments to pass the unit:

Written examination 50% comprising MCQ questions (1.1-1.11, 2,1, 2.6)

Library project 30% (2.6-2.8)

The format of these assessments has been designed to give the students practice at the types of assessments used in the later years of the MBChB, BDS and BVSc programmes. The Literature project will be similar in format to the Student Selected Component reports in the MBChB programme.

Reading and References

Seeley’s Anatomy and Physiology, (9th Ed), Vanputte, Regan and Russo

Essential Cell Biology (4th Ed), Alberts et al

Histology: A Text and Atlas (2010), Ross & Pawlina