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Session: 2022/23

Last modified: 18/01/2023 11:34:29

Title of Module: Health & Human Development 1

Code: NURS07040 SCQF Level: 7
(Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework)
Credit Points: 20 ECTS: 10
(European Credit Transfer Scheme)
School:School of Health and Life Sciences
Module Co-ordinator:Kelly  McCourtney

Summary of Module

This module reflects the “Biosciences in Nurse Education Framework” but the material covered will be useful to a range of disciplines requiring knowledge of life sciences. The module provides students with foundational knowledge in anatomy and physiology as it relates to human development across the lifespan. Students will be provided with a foundational knowledge of life sciences to enable them to practice safely and effectively. 

  • Students will study the following: levels of organisation, the human cell, body systems, pharmacology, genomics, blood groupings, infections and vaccinations. There will also be inputs on nutrition and hydration, osmosis and pH.

  • Empirical knowledge will be linked to influences on healthcare. Skills will be developed through simulation and practice. A detailed mapping tool provides information for nursing students on the NMC annexes to be covered in this module.

  • Students will continue to engage with the Scottish Infection Prevention Control Education Pathway (SIPCEP). Students will also be introduced to the concept of sepsis assessment in this module.

  • Students will gain familiarity with pharmacological terminology relevant to their practice (BiNE LO9).

  • Students will have opportunities to undertake formative assessment of numeracy and should evidence achievement of 100% in at least one assessment.

  • Programme Threads of Learning Disability, Dementia, Trauma and Palliative and End of Life Care will inform module content. Specifically, the concept of ‘learning disability’ and ‘autism spectrum’ and awareness of learning disability assessment, awareness of the common signs and symptoms of dementia, effects of trauma on brain development and physiological responses and physiology of dying, intro to principles of palliative and end of life care.

  • Specific Annexe A & B skills for this module are detailed in the programme skills schedule and preload is related to assessment - technical skills and history taking communication skills such as questioning, summarising, clarification and reframing.

Module Delivery Method
Face-To-FaceBlendedFully OnlineHybridCHybridOWork-based Learning
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Term used to describe the traditional classroom environment where the students and the lecturer meet synchronously in the same room for the whole provision.

A mode of delivery of a module or a programme that involves online and face-to-face delivery of learning, teaching and assessment activities, student support and feedback. A programme may be considered “blended” if it includes a combination of face-to-face, online and blended modules. If an online programme has any compulsory face-to-face and campus elements it must be described as blended with clearly articulated delivery information to manage student expectations

Fully Online
Instruction that is solely delivered by web-based or internet-based technologies. This term is used to describe the previously used terms distance learning and e learning.

Online with mandatory face-to-face learning on Campus

Online with optional face-to-face learning on Campus

Work-based Learning
Learning activities where the main location for the learning experience is in the workplace.

Campus(es) for Module Delivery
The module will normally be offered on the following campuses / or by Distance/Online Learning: (Provided viable student numbers permit)
Paisley:Ayr:Dumfries:Lanarkshire:London:Distance/Online Learning:Other:
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Term(s) for Module Delivery
(Provided viable student numbers permit).
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Learning Outcomes: (maximum of 5 statements)

On successful completion of this module the student will be able to:

L1. Demonstrate foundational knowledge of anatomy, physiology and human development.

L2. Recognise key physiological processes and demonstrate their relevance to safe practice.

L3. Apply the principles of microbiology and the prevention of infection to healthcare environments.

L4. Describe the principles of pharmacology.

L5. Demonstrate application of bioscience knowledge to person-centred health care.

Employability Skills and Personal Development Planning (PDP) Skills
SCQF Headings During completion of this module, there will be an opportunity to achieve core skills in:
Knowledge and Understanding (K and U) SCQF Level 7.

The nature and purpose of scientific enquiry. Developing foundational knowledge of life sciences and its relevance to healthcare practice.
Human development and physiological changes across the lifespan.

Practice: Applied Knowledge and Understanding SCQF Level 7.

Apply knowledge of physiological processes to safe practices.

Generic Cognitive skills SCQF Level 7.

Developing investigative problem solving and decision making skills.

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills SCQF Level 7.

Engage with a range of technologies to enhance independent learning.
Develop a range of communication and interpersonal skills.
Use a range of numerical skills in relation to physiological processes
Understanding of medical and nursing terminology linked to professional communication.

Autonomy, Accountability and Working with others SCQF Level 7.

Develop self confidence and self efficacy.
Develop professional accountability and an appreciation of their role within the multi-disciplinary team.

Pre-requisites: Before undertaking this module the student should have undertaken the following:
Module Code:
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Co-requisitesModule Code:
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* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

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Learning and Teaching
The learning and teaching strategies applied to this module contribute towards the development of UWS graduate attributes as outlined in “I am UWS” See link: Specifically, completion of the laboratory and workshop activities develop skills in critical thinking, self- reflection, collaboration, problem-solving, and communicating effectively. Completion of the SIPCEP infection control materials contribute to employability.
Learning Activities
During completion of this module, the learning activities undertaken to achieve the module learning outcomes are stated below:
Student Learning Hours
(Normally totalling 200 hours):
(Note: Learning hours include both contact hours and hours spent on other learning activities)
Lecture/Core Content Delivery16
Tutorial/Synchronous Support Activity16
Laboratory/Practical Demonstration/Workshop16
Independent Study100
Asynchronous Class Activity52
200 Hours Total

**Indicative Resources: (eg. Core text, journals, internet access)

The following materials form essential underpinning for the module content and ultimately for the learning outcomes:

Blaber, A. & Harris, G. (2016) Assessment Skills for Paramedics 2nd Edition. Open University Press.

Class Professional Publishing (2021) JRCALC Plus App inc. SAS Guidelines v1.2.17 [Mobile Application Software]

Cook, N., Shepher, A., Boore, J., Dunleavy, S. (2019) Essentials of Pathophysiology for Nursing Practice. London: SAGE

Elcock, K., Wright, W., Newcombe, P., Everett, F. (Eds). (2019) Essentials of Nursing Adults. London: SAGE [Core text]

Norman, I., Ryrie, I. (2018) The Art and Science of Mental Health Nursing: Principles and Practice. 4th ed. Open University Press. [Core text]

Pears, R. (2019) Cite them right: the essential referencing guide. Available: [Accessed: 10 March 2022].

Tortora, G.J., Derrickson, B. (2017) Tortora’s principles of anatomy & physiology. New Jersey: Wiley [Core text]. Online interactive version recommended.

University of the West of Scotland (2022) Cite Them Right Harvard Referencing Examples. Available: [Accessed: 10 March 2022]

(**N.B. Although reading lists should include current publications, students are advised (particularly for material marked with an asterisk*) to wait until the start of session for confirmation of the most up-to-date material)

Engagement Requirements

In line with the Academic Engagement Procedure, Students are defined as academically engaged if they are regularly engaged with timetabled teaching sessions, course-related learning resources including those in the Library and on the relevant learning platform, and complete assessments and submit these on time. Please refer to the Academic Engagement Procedure at the following link: Academic engagement procedure

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Supplemental Information

Programme BoardAdult Nursing & Healthcare
Assessment Results (Pass/Fail) No
Subject PanelBSc Pre-registration Adult Nursing Programme
ModeratorCaroline MacCallum
External ExaminerM Carter
Accreditation DetailsNMC
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Assessment: (also refer to Assessment Outcomes Grids below)
Students will complete an online assessment of their knowledge and understanding (100%)
(N.B. (i) Assessment Outcomes Grids for the module (one for each component) can be found below which clearly demonstrate how the learning outcomes of the module will be assessed.
(ii) An indicative schedule listing approximate times within the academic calendar when assessment is likely to feature will be provided within the Student Handbook.)

Assessment Outcome Grids (Footnote A.)

Component 1
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Learning Outcome (4) Learning Outcome (5) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
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Combined Total For All Components100% 1.5 hours

A. Referred to within Assessment Section above
B. Identified in the Learning Outcome Section above

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  1. More than one assessment method can be used to assess individual learning outcomes.
  2. Schools are responsible for determining student contact hours. Please refer to University Policy on contact hours (extract contained within section 10 of the Module Descriptor guidance note).
    This will normally be variable across Schools, dependent on Programmes &/or Professional requirements.

Equality and Diversity
This module is appropriate for all students. To promote inclusive practice, procedures and processes have been subject to Equality Impact Assessment where appropriate. In line with the Equality Act 2010 and UWS Refreshed Equality Outcomes 2021 - 2025 Public Sector Equality Duty Mainstreaming and Equality Outcomes Report 2021 ( (pp. 37 - 39) the School of Health and Life Sciences encourages the disclosure of support requirements, including disability, at the recruitment stage and throughout the duration of the module. Emphasis is placed on confidentiality of information, the benefits of disclosure and that no detriment to progress will be experienced. The School will endeavour to make reasonable adjustments to teaching and learning approaches and arrangements for assessment, and (when applicable) periods of placement, where a student has disclosed specific requirements.
UWS Equality and Diversity Policy
(N.B. Every effort will be made by the University to accommodate any equality and diversity issues brought to the attention of the School)

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