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Unit information: Foundations of Health and Wellbeing in 2019/20

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Unit name Foundations of Health and Wellbeing
Unit code EENGM0017
Credit points 30
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Dr. Hanna Kristiina Isotalus
Open unit status Not open

Only students entering on Engineering and Computer Science stream



School/department Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering
Faculty Faculty of Engineering


This Unit aims to describe a range of physiological processes, their impact on health, wellbeing and care, and the globally important conditions and diseases linked to them. A focus for each system will be on aspects of physiology where digital systems could make an impact especially in a community context, whether that be through monitoring, aiding diagnosis, decision making or behaviour change.

Unit content:

  • Growth, development and sexual health.
  • Nutrition, movement/activity and related disease.
  • Mental health and sleep.
  • The cardiovascular and respiratory systems including common health conditions.
  • Cancers.
  • The nervous system and its pathologies such as dementia and Parkinson’s Disease.
  • Sensory impairments and ageing.

Intended learning outcomes

Having completed this unit, the student is expected to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of core physiological processes prevalent to health and wellbeing.
  2. Explain how specific digital systems (e.g. biosensors) might detect and monitor physiological processes.
  3. Discuss and evaluate the types of decisions that might be made (either by a clinician, or individuals monitoring health) as a result of having data generated from these digital systems.

Teaching details

This unit will consist of a combination of teaching and learning methods including key lectures, group seminars and structured reflection.

Assessment Details

Completion of two exams – (30% each, all ILOs)

Completion of two 1,500 word essays – (20% each, all ILO’s)

Reading and References

Selected literature, references and online material will be provided at the start of the unit