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Unit information: Foundations in Bioscience II: Tissues to Organisms in 2019/20

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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


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

At the end of this unit students should have an knowledge and understanding of:

1.1. Basic histology: epithelia, connective tissues, muscle, nerves

1.2. Body systems and organs (circulatory, respiratory, alimentary, renal, reproductive)

1.3. Immune system

1.4. Embryology

1.5. Control systems: nervous system

1.6. Musculoskeletal systems and locomotion

1.7. How organisms respond to the environment

1.8. Control systems: endocrine system

1.9. Hormones and homeostasis

1.10. Excretion and osmoregulation

1.11. Temperature regulation

1.12. Digestion and absorption

1.13. Growth and development

1.14. Reproduction

1.15. Brain and behaviour

1.16. Evolution

In addition students should gain the following skills:

2.1. The ability to identify and describe various tissues and organs of the mammal

2.2. An understanding of the relationship between form and function in mammals

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. A basic understanding of statistics

2.8. The ability to present information in written and oral form

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

2.10. The ability to identify and utilise primary scientific literature

2.11. The ability to engage successfully with team work

Teaching details

Lectures, tutorials, practicals and workshops

Assessment Details

The assessed ILOs are indicated in brackets.


eBiolabs quizzes (2.1-2.11, 1.1, 1.2)

Library research (will vary)


Lab work (including eBiolabs) (10%) (2.1-2.11, 1.1, 1.2)

Group poster presentation (10%) (2.8, 2.11)

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

Unseen written examination (70%) comprising MCQ, EMQ and essay (1.1-1.16, 2.1, 2.2, 2.6-2.8)

Library project 10% (2.8-2.10)

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