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Unit information: Foundations of Health and Wellbeing in 2021/22

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 and behaviours prevalent to health and wellbeing.
  2. Explain how changes and differences in health-related behaviours and physiological processes can be measured.
  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 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

TB1 Assessment

1 x essay – 25%

TB2 Assessment

1 x essay – 25%

1 x Assessment – 50%

All assessments test all ILOs


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