Module NAC-2205:
Applied Biosciences

Module Facts

Run by School of Health Sciences

20 Credits or 10 ECTS Credits

Semester 2

Organiser: Dr Simon Bishop

Overall aims and purpose

The aim of this module is to develop on existing knowledge of anatomy and physiology in order to understand the nature and effects of pathophysiology - the physiological processes associated with disease - on human health. Through an enhanced understanding of the nature and causes of disease, the module then considers some of the tools available to keep both individuals and populations healthy. Whether through behaviour change, immunisation, screening or early diagnosis and treatment, this module demonstrates that, while many diseases may never be eradicated, there is much that can be done to reduce their impact on the health of humanity.

Course content

Th module explores the nature of a number of important human diseases, both communicable and non-communicable, and their causes and impacts on human health. In doing so, it considers the role of genetics, the environment, both physical and social, and individual lifestyle choices, before moving on to address disease across populations.The course content includes:

  1. An introduction to disease
  2. Who, when and where? - Changes in disease patterns over the last century and the role of society
  3. Disease aetiology - The causes of disease: The role of genetics, the environment, lifestyle and behavioural factors, as well as the social determinants of health and ill-health.
  4. Diagnosis and screening - Identifying disease and taking action.
  5. Disease prevention and maintaining health - Moving upstream.

Assessment Criteria


B- to B+ Grade: In order to achieve a ‘very good’ pass on the module, students will be required to achieve between a B- and B+.


A- to A+ Grade: In order to achieve an ‘excellent pass’ on the module, students will be required to achieve an A grade.


Threshold - In order to achieve a ‘pass’ on the module, students will be required to achieve a minimum of D- grade.

C- to C+

C- to C+ Grade: In order to achieve a ‘good pass’ on the module, students will be required to achieve between C- and C+ grade.

Learning outcomes

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of how and why patterns of disease have changed over the last century.

  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the causes of disease, and the role of genetics, the environment and lifestyle factors

  3. Understand ways in which diseases may be prevented, or their consequences limited through early identification.

  4. Apply and integrate knowledge and understanding of pathophysiological processes.

Assessment Methods

Type Name Description Weight
EXAM Online Invigiilated Multiple Choice Questionairre

Students will be required to pass an online invigilated multiple choice questionnaire timed for 80 minutes.


Students will be required to submit a 1500 word essay on the biology and impact of a selected disease on the human body; evaluating the disease process and development.


Teaching and Learning Strategy


Directed study for workbook and on-line practice test completion - 52 hours study time.


Lectures - 48 hours (4 x 2 hour taught session over 6 weeks)

Private study

Private study - 100 hours for reading and revision.


Transferable skills

  • Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
  • Numeracy - Proficiency in using numbers at appropriate levels of accuracy
  • Computer Literacy - Proficiency in using a varied range of computer software
  • Self-Management - Able to work unsupervised in an efficient, punctual and structured manner. To examine the outcomes of tasks and events, and judge levels of quality and importance
  • Exploring - Able to investigate, research and consider alternatives
  • Information retrieval - Able to access different and multiple sources of information
  • Critical analysis & Problem Solving - Able to deconstruct and analyse problems or complex situations. To find solutions to problems through analyses and exploration of all possibilities using appropriate methods, rescources and creativity.
  • Self-awareness & Reflectivity - Having an awareness of your own strengths, weaknesses, aims and objectives. Able to regularly review, evaluate and reflect upon the performance of yourself and others


Reading list

Students will be given the opportunity to view a range of texts for anatomy and physiology and chose one which suits their learning needs if they are purchasing a textbook for this module. The School library holds a large selection of relevant texts to suit learning needs.

Reading List

Nair M. & Peate I. (2015). Pathophysiology for Nurses. Oxford: Wiley Blackwell.

Neal M.J. (2012). Medical Pharmacology at a glance. Oxford: Wiley Blackwell.

Vipond K.E. (2013). Genetics: A Guide for Students and Practitioners of Nursing and Healthcare. Banbury: Lantern Publishing.