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2010/1 Module Catalogue
 Module Code: ENG2031 Module Title: HUMAN BIOLOGY
Module Provider: Mechanical, Medical & Aero Engineering Short Name: SE3223
Level: HE2 Module Co-ordinator: LABEED F Dr (M, M & A Eng)
Number of credits: 10 Number of ECTS credits: 5
Module Availability
Autumn Semester
Assessment Pattern
Units of Assessment
Weighting towards Module Mark (%)
2-hour paper
Module Overview
Completion of the progress requirements of Level HE1
Module Aims

To describe the structure and function of the human body from a molecular to the system level, including the function of major organs.


Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module students should be able to understand and use anatomical orientations, identify and name the main parts and features of the skeleton and joints. They will have a basic grounding in cell biology and physiology. They will have an appreciation of core concepts of nervous control, immunity, respiratory, digestive and cardiovascular systems.

Module Content

1. Introduction

Cells (animal vs plant)


Energy and Adenosine triphosphate (ATP) production.


Cell structure and the function of organelles. The fluid mosaic model of the phospholipid bilayer; transport into and out of cells (diffusion, osmosis, active transport);


2. Musculoskeletal system: muscles, bones and ossification (formation), skeleton, joints, cartilage, the role of minerals, vitamins and hormones.  Proteins and movement - muscle physiology, the microstructure of muscular contraction, the role of contractile filaments-actin and myosin.  Musculoskeletal diseases such as arthritis.

3. Blood and lymph; circulatory, urinary, digestive, respiratory and immune systems.  Examples of dis order s such as heart attacks, asthma and cancer.

4. The nervous system; the brain, spinal cord, neurons and the action potential.  Nervous system dis order s such as, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases.

Concepts of homeostasis are presented throughout the course.

Methods of Teaching/Learning

24 hours of lectures, 12 hours of tutorials, and 64 hours independent learning time.

Total student learning time 100 hours.

Selected Texts/Journals

Required reading



Recommended background reading

Tortora GJ and Grabowski SR, Principles of Anatomy and Physiology, 10th ed, Wiley, 2003. 


Simpkins, J. and Williams, JI, Advanced Human Biology

Last Updated

02 Nov 2009