Medicine, Nursing and Allied Health Professions


Anatomy and Physiology for Radiographers

Module titleAnatomy and Physiology for Radiographers
Module codePAM1019
Academic year2021/2
Module staff

Dr Hannah Welters (Convenor)

Ms Hazel Harries-jones (Convenor)

Duration: Term123
Duration: Weeks



Number students taking module (anticipated)


Description - summary of the module content

Module description

In this module, you will develop knowledge, understanding and application of human anatomy and physiology. The module draws on established knowledge from the scientific disciplines of anatomy and physiology that underpin sound practice in healthcare. The module introduces two and three dimensional radiographic images which you will learn to recognise and understand.

Module aims - intentions of the module

The aim of the module is to provide you with the knowledge of human anatomy and physiology needed for subsequent modules in the programme.  You will apply this anatomical knowledge in the context of radiographic images. You will learn to recognise key anatomical features on projection radiographs, computed tomography and magnetic resonance images.

The core knowledge acquired from this module underpins, PAM2012 Pathology for Radiographers and PAM3006 Skeletal Image Interpretation as well as all practical imaging techniques.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

ILO: Module-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 1. Outline the structure and key functions of the human body;
  • 2. Describe normal anatomy at the gross and cellular level;
  • 3. Describe normal physiology at the systems level;
  • 4. Describe and recognise normal anatomy with special reference to the level of information displayed in diagnostic images;
  • 5. Describe and recognise normal developmental changes and variations in normal anatomy;

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 6. Use appropriate sources of information to develop own knowledge;
  • 7. Use appropriate IT packages for viewing radiographic images

ILO: Personal and key skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 8. Manage time and, with guidance, prioritise workloads;
  • 9. Demonstrate basic problem-solving skills;

Syllabus plan

Syllabus plan

Whilst the module’s precise content may vary from year to year, an example of an overall structure is as follows:

Normal human anatomy
Axial skeleton: joints, associated musculature and other tissues.
Appendicular skeleton: joints, associated musculature and other tissues.
Head, thorax and abdomen: principal internal organs and associated structures.
Normal human physiology
Musculo-skeletal system, nervous system, cardiovascular and respiratory systems, renal and digestive systems. Sight and hearing, endocrine system + growth and development, reproductive physiology.
Development and change of normal human anatomy
Axial skeleton.
Appendicular skeleton.
Normal variations of human anatomy
Axial skeleton: joints, associated musculature and other tissues.

Learning and teaching

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled learning and teaching activities30Lectures
Scheduled learning and teaching activities288x1-hour interactive workshops 20 hours image viewing labs
Scheduled learning and teaching activities2Tutorial support
Guided independent study240Directed reading, private study and revision


Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Formative exam (written)0% 60 minutes1-6,8Marks returned, discussed in tutorials

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Computer based examination 11560 minutes1-8Marks returned, discussed in tutorials
Computer based examination 21560 minutes1-8Marks returned, discussed in tutorials
Examination 1352 hours1-6, 8 Marks returned, discussed in tutorials
Examination 2352 hours1-6, 8Marks returned, discussed in tutorials


Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Examination 1 - deferral onlyExamination 11-6, 8August/September assessment period
Examination 2 - deferral onlyExamination 21-6, 8August/September assessment period
Computer based Assessment 1 - deferral onlyMCQ1-8August/September assessment period
Computer based Assessment 2 - deferral onlyMCQ1-8August/September assessment period
Examination (70% referral)Examination1-6, 8August/September assessment period
Computer based examination (30% referral)MCQ1-8August/September assessment period


Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

  • Bontrager K.L. (2017), Textbook of Radiographic Positioning and Related Anatomy (9th edition), Mosby, ISBN 0323481876
  • Gunn C. (2014), Bones and Joints: A Guide for Students (7th edition), Churchill Livingstone, ISBN 9780702071737
  • Tortora G.J. and Derrickson B. (2017), Principles of Anatomy and Physiology (15th edition), John Wiley, ISBN 9781119382928

Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources

  • Drake R.L., Vogl W. and Mitchell A.W.M. (2014), Gray's Anatomy for Students (3rd edition), Churchill Livingstone, ISBN 9780702051333
  • Keats T and Anderson M. (2012), Atlas of normal roentgen variants that may simulate disease, Elsevier, ISBN 978-0323073554
  • Kindlen S. (2003), Physiology for Health Care and Nursing (2nd edition), Churchill Livingstone, ISBN 0-471-36692-7
  • Moller T. (2010), Pocket atlas of radiographic anatomy, Thieme Medical Publications, ISBN 978-3137842033
  • Pocock G. and Richards C.D. (2006), Human Physiology: The Basis of Medicine (3rd edition), Oxford University Press, ISBN 978-0198568780
  • Sloane C., Whitley A.S., Anderson C. and Holmes K. (2017), Clark's Pocket Handbook for Radiographers (2nd edition), CRC Press, ISBN 9781498726993
  • Waugh A. and Grant A. (2018), Ross and Wilson Anatomy and Physiology in Health and Illness (13th edition), Churchill Livingstone, ISBN 9780702072765 
  • Weir J. and Abrahams P.H. (2016), Imaging Atlas of Human Anatomy (5th edition), Mosby, ISBN 978-0723438267

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Key words search

Medical Imaging; Physiology; Anatomy; Levels; Neck; Thorax: Systems; Tissues; Skeleton; Joints; Musculature; Associated musculature; Axial; Appendicular; Diagnostic images; Practical.

Credit value30
Module ECTS


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Module co-requisites

PAM1016, PAM1018, PAM1020

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