PAR-20005 - Applied Anatomy & Pathophysiology for Paramedics
Coordinator: Kevin Armstrong Room: N/A
Lecture Time: See Timetable...
Level: Level 5
Credits: 30
Study Hours: 300
School Office: 01782 733928

Programme/Approved Electives for 2023/24


Available as a Free Standing Elective






Barred Combinations


Description for 2023/24

This module builds on students' previous experience of studying Fundamental Life Sciences for Paramedics (PAR10003) in Year 1 of the MSci Paramedic Science programme. The module aims to afford students a deeper understanding of anatomy and physiology and acquire knowledge and understanding of the pathophysiology of human disease and injury, including the psychological, social, cultural and environmental influences on the disease process sufficient to inform clinical judgement in paramedic practice.

Content linked to the College of Paramedics Curriculum Guidance (CoP, 2019), the Health and Care Professions Council Standards of Proficiency for Paramedics (HCPC, 2014) and the QAA Subject Benchmark Statement Paramedics (QAA, 2019)
College of Paramedics
Principles of physical science
ILO 2 & Indicative Content
C1.1.1, C1.1.2, C1.1.3
Normal anatomy and physiology
ILO 1 & 3 & Indicative Content
C1.1.4, C1.1.5
ILO 1, 2 & 3 & Indicative Content
C1.1.6, C1.1.7, C1.1.8, C1.1.9
Sociology of Health
ILO 4 & Indicative Content
C1.2.16, C1.2.17.1, C1.2.17.2, C1.2.17.3

Health and Care Professions Council:
13. understand the key concepts of the knowledge base relevant to their profession
ILO 1, 2 3 & 4 & Indicative Content
13.1, 13.2, 13.7, 13.8.1, 13.8.8, 13.9.3, 13.10.2, 13.10.3, 13.11, 13.11.1, 13.11.2
QAA Subject Benchmark Statement Paramedics:
ILO 1 & Indicative Content
ILO 1, 2 & 3 & Indicative Content
ILO 4 & Indicative Content
iv, v, vi
Indicative Content

Talis Aspire Reading List
Any reading lists will be provided by the start of the course.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Recognise the nature and effects of injury or illness based on a comprehensive knowledge of human anatomy and physiology.: 2
Discuss the disease process and the clinical features of commonly encountered conditions, evaluating their impact upon homeostasis.: 1
Demonstrate the ability to critically interpret and evaluate physiological data resulting from medical and traumatic conditions.: 1
Evaluate the influence of psychological, social, cultural and environmental factors on both the development and perception of disease processes; and the resultant approaches to the assessment of a range of patients groups.: 1

Study hours

36 hours lead lectures
20 hours Problem based learning including anatomy and physiology Laboratories
26 hours online learning
4 hours assessment guidance
214 hours independent study to include directed reading, research and assessment preparation.

School Rules


Description of Module Assessment

1: Unseen Exam weighted 70%
2 hour Short answer questions examination
Short answer questions paper - The questions will have a focus on both medical and traumatic conditions commonly seen in the emergency and urgent care settings which may involve a number of body systems such as cardiovascular, respiratory or neurological (not exclusively these systems). Students are expected to consider the influence of psychological, social, cultural and environmental factors.

2: Multiple Choice Questions - Knowledge weighted 30%
1 hour Multi Choice Examination
1-hour unseen examination consisting of Single Best Answer questions - Questions will relate to human anatomy & Physiology and the pathophysiological changes as a result of injury and illness. Questions will also assess students ability to critically interpreting and evaluating physiological data found when managing medical and traumatic conditions.