PAR-10003 - Fundamental Life Sciences for Paramedics
Coordinator: Kevin Armstrong Room: N/A
Lecture Time: See Timetable...
Level: Level 4
Credits: 30
Study Hours: 300
School Office: 01782 733928

Programme/Approved Electives for 2024/25


Available as a Free Standing Elective






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Description for 2024/25

The module aims to facilitate the learning of the fundamental concepts of human anatomy, physiology and psychology applicable to paramedicine. The module will also develop students learning in measurements, calculations and conversions which underpin physiology and pharmacological principles, which is delivered in-depth from year 2 of the programme.
Content linked to the College of Paramedic Curriculum Guidance (CoP, 2019), the Health and Care Professions Council Standards of Proficiency for Paramedic (HCPC, 2014) and QAA Subject Benchmark Statement Paramedics (QAA, 2019)
College of Paramedics:
Principles of Physical Science
ILO 1, 2 & 3 & Indicative Content
C1.1.1 - C1.1.3
ILO 1, 2 & 3 & Indicative Content
Normal Anatomy & Physiology
C1.1.4, C1.1.5
ILO 2 & Indicative Content
Human Development
C1.1.17 - C1.1.21
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Health and Care Professions Council:
13. understand the key concepts of the knowledge base relevant to their profession
ILO 1, 2 & 3 & Indicative Content
13.1; 13.7, 13.8 - 13.10 all elements
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QAA Subject Benchmark Statement Paramedics:
ILO 1 & Indicative Content
ILO 2 & Indicative Content
Indicative Content
Indicative Content
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Intended Learning Outcomes

Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of human anatomy, physiology, and the dynamic relationships of human structure and function of the musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, endocrine, urinary, reproductive, integumentary and nervous systems.: 1,2
Describe the progressive stages of normal growth and development across the human lifespan: 1
Demonstrate knowledge of measurements, calculations and conversions applicable to theoretical clinical practice and the principles and application of measurement techniques based on biomechanics and electrophysiology: 2

Study hours

Lectures 46 hours (In situ/Synchronous & Asynchronous)
Anatomy Practicals - 24 hours (In situ)
Group Work - 27 hours (In situ/Synchronous & Asynchronous)
Laboratories for Chemistry & Physiology - 10 hours (In situ)
Assessment preparation - 3 hours (In situ/Asynchronous)
Independent Study - 190 hours to include directed reading, research, assessment preparation (Oral exam) and revision.

School Rules


Description of Module Assessment

1: Oral Exam weighted 30%
15 min oral exam
A 15-minute oral examination either direct face-face or online. Students will be expected to focus on specific anatomical features and physiological mechanisms that have been covered during lectures or practicals.

2: Exam weighted 70%
2 hour unseen examination
Unseen examination consisting of Single Best Answers & Short Answers 2 hours In situ or Online