20 credits at level HE4
This module introduces and discusses the concept of health in the context of biological aspects of human activities. It considers the roles played by both internal and external factors in contributing to an individual's health status. The underpinning biology will be introduced at appropriate points to the depth necessary to understand the impacts of the various determinants on health.
Internal (endogenous) determinants: genetics; life in the womb; the interrelationships between the immune system and the individual's external environment.
External (exogenous) determinants: diet; exercise; smoking and other aspects of lifestyle; emotional factors; stress; exposure to pathogens.
The anatomy and physiology underpinning the effects of these factors.
Learning packages will be introduced by the tutor at the start of a session, covering topics drawn from the indicative content, followed by student-centred activities. The learning activities will provide opportunities for appropriate skills development in areas such as IT, communication, numeracy, and working with others .
Learning strategies will be matched to the nature of the subject area and context and will include:
student centred methods
This module will be assessed by;
A poster covering a specific aspect of health (eg obesity, cancers of various types, coronary heart disease) and aimed at a specific target audience.
A report on the topic of the poster discussing the social and economic costs and health aspects of the condition.
The notional learning time for the module is 200 hours divided between various activities as shown below.
Class contact 3 hours x 12 weeks = 36 hours
Revision session 3 hours x 1 week = 3 hours
Directed reading = 24 hours
Preparation of coursework = 20 hours
Preparation for examination = 115 hours
Examination = 2 hours
Total = 200 hours
when you have successfully completed this module you will:
to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcome you will:
|1.||Identify some of the biological factors influencing an individual's state of health and well-being||Describe and explain the various biological factors influencing an individual's state of health and well-being|
|2.||Demonstrate how these factors may affect the individual's health and well-being.||Desribe and explain the roles these biological factors play in contributing to certain disease states, making reference to the underpinning anatomy and physiology|
|3.||Be able to communicate this information to specific target audiences (eg. clients, the general public, the course team) using a variety of methods||Use a variety of methods for communicating information to specific target audiences|
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
|Description||Poster||1500 word report||Two hour unseen short answer paper|
There are no prerequisites for this module.
No restrictions apply.
Barnet, A.H. and Kumar S. (2004). Obesity and diabetes. Wiley.
Beishon, S. (1997). Coronary heart disease : contrasting the health beliefs and behaviours of South Asian communities. HEA.
Buckley, J. (1999). Exercise on prescription : cardiovascular activity for health. Butterworth-Heinemann.
Clancy, J. and McVicar, A. J. (2002). Physiology and anatomy : a homeostatic approach. Second Edition. Arnold.
Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (2002). Healthy eating for life to prevent and treat cancer. Wiley. Available in electronic version via LS and D.
Summerfield, L.M. (2000). Nutrition, exercise and behavior : an integrated approach to weight management. Wadsworth.
Tortora, G.J. and Grabowski, S.R. (2003) Principles of anatomy and physiology. 10th Edition. Wiley.
Students will be referred to a number of scientific and health-related journals, newspaper and magazine articles, information leaflets, videos, and websites as appropriate.
|Host Subject Group:||Health, Social and Community Studies|
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