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Biosciences Underpinning Nursing Associate Practice - HEA00068C

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  • Department: Health Sciences
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Sarah Ashelford
  • Credit value: 10 credits
  • Credit level: C
  • Academic year of delivery: 2023-24

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
B Spring Term 2023-24

Module aims

The aim of this module is for students to develop their understanding of biosciences and begin to apply this to their clinical practice.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of the module, students will be able to:

  1. Outline the key concepts of human biology (biochemistry, cell biology, immunology, anatomy and physiology)

  2. Explain how the body systems work together to explain normal functioning (homeostasis) across the lifespan

  3. Explain the role of vital signs and apply knowledge to monitoring patients/ clients within the practice area.

Module content

Cell biology, biochemistry, energy metabolism, body systems involved in homeostasis of fluid and electrolytes, pH, blood glucose, blood gases, temperature, blood pressure, vital signs, basic anatomy, the NA role in monitoring vital signs. 


Task Length % of module mark
Online Exam -less than 24hrs (Centrally scheduled)
Open exam : Specific timeframe online exam
3 hours 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Online Exam -less than 24hrs (Centrally scheduled)
Open exam : Specific timeframe online exam
3 hours 100

Module feedback

Written feedback for the summative assessment is provided on the standard proforma, within the timescale specified in the programme handbook.


Indicative reading

Waugh, A and Grant, A. (2018). Ross and Wilson Anatomy and Physiology in Health and Illness. 13th edition. Churchill Livingston.

Giddens, J. (2017). Concepts for Nursing Practice. 2nd edition. Elsevier. 

Blows, W. (2018). The Biological Basis of Clinical Observations. 3rd edition. Routledge.

Tortora, B and Derrickson, B. (2017). Tortora’s Principles of Anatomy and Physiology. 15th edition. Wiley.

Ashelford, S., Raynsford, J., and Taylor, V. (2019). Pathophysiology and Pharmacology for Nursing. 2nd edition. Sage

The information on this page is indicative of the module that is currently on offer. The University is constantly exploring ways to enhance and improve its degree programmes and therefore reserves the right to make variations to the content and method of delivery of modules, and to discontinue modules, if such action is reasonably considered to be necessary by the University. Where appropriate, the University will notify and consult with affected students in advance about any changes that are required in line with the University's policy on the Approval of Modifications to Existing Taught Programmes of Study.