Human Biology & Health


Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
● Demonstrate an understanding of human biological systems and their interrelationships.
● Explain how biotic and abiotic factors impact upon human health and fitness.
● Describe and illustrate with appropriate examples how human society responds to challenges upon its health.


This module lays the foundations in human biology and health for more advanced modules in years 2 and 3, fulfils requirements of academic progression, and provides stand-alone grounding in an interesting and popular biological discipline.


The lectures cover the organization and development of the human body, and include fertilisation, embryology, development, ageing, evolution, blood, circulatory system, immune system, skeletal system, muscular system, respiratory system, urinary system, reproductive system, nervous system, sensory system, endocrine system, digestive system and nutrition. For each system, a case study is described that illustrates how human health is compromised.

As continuous assessment, students choose, research, prepare and present as a team and individually their own example of how human health is damaged by biotic or abiotic factors.