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Unit information: Foundations in Bioscience II: Tissues to Organisms in 2022/23

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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. Dan Baumgardt
Open unit status Not open
Units you must take before you take this one (pre-requisite units)

Foundations in Bioscience I: Molecules to Cells

Units you must take alongside this one (co-requisite units)


Units you may not take alongside this one
School/department School of Anatomy
Faculty Faculty of Health Sciences

Unit Information

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.

Your learning on this unit

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

How you will learn

Lectures, tutorials, practicals and workshops

How you will be assessed

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.


If this unit has a Resource List, you will normally find a link to it in the Blackboard area for the unit. Sometimes there will be a separate link for each weekly topic.

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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.

See the Faculty workload statement relating to this unit for more information.

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.