Anatomy and physiology for occupational therapy
Study plans 2016-2017 - ERG1011 - 10 ECTS

Expected learning outcomes

The purpose of the course is for the students to acquire knowledge in anatomy and physiology, which is basic to the profession of occupational therapy. The focus is especially on the muscle-, skeleton- and nerve system with an emphasis on the interaction of movement and cognitive functions in daily activities.

Knowledge : The student will be able to:

  • Describe the structure of the body itself, and explain the organs and the organ systems’ normal functions and interaction
  • Have insight into and be able to explain the peripheral, the central and the autonomous nervous system’s structure and functions
  • Explain the muscle- and skeleton system’s structure and function
  • Explain the structure and function of the sensory apparatus
  • Have a knowledge of the basic biochemical processes
  • Describe the most common microorganisms, their existence, reproduction and how their existence can be reduced/destroyed
  • Explain the terms microbiology, transmission, epidemiology, ethiology and symptoms
  • Explain the normal bodily flora and the structure and quality of infectious matter

Skills : The student will be able to:

  • Provide anatomical names to structures and organs, and describe the location of organs in relation to each other
  • Relate anatomical names of structures and organs by means of palpation (topographically)
  • Apply biomechanical terms and principles in the analysis of movements


Cells and tissue, the nervous system, the senses, the endocrine system, the skeletal system, the muscles, the circulation system, blood and the immune system, the respiratory system, the digestive system, the regulation of temperature, kidney- and the urinary system and the system of reproduction, microbiology, biomechanics

Teaching Methods

PBL (Problem Based Learning)

Teaching Methods (additional text)

The course uses PBL as a learning method. In this course this means working in basic units in addition to lectures, seminars, writing papers, dissection, lab exercises and self-study.

Form(s) of Assessment

Written exam, 4 hours
Digital exam

Form(s) of Assessment (additional text)

Microbiology: one hour exam, multiple choice (counts for 10%)

Anatomy/physiology: four-hour written exam (counts for 90%)

Both parts must receive a passing grade for a pass to be awarded for the course

Grading Scale

Alphabetical Scale, A(best) – F (fail)

External/internal examiner

Internal and external examiners assess all papers of the four-hour written exam. Automatic exam results of the digital exam.

Re-sit examination

Ordinary re-sit for the digital and the written exam in accordance with the exam regulations for the Bachelor degree of occupational therapy. This is published on GUC’s website.

Examination support


Teaching Materials

Bachelor in occupational therapy at GUC has a collection of resource literature. An overview of updated resource literature is published on GUC’swebsite well ahead of the start of the programme. Tutoring in the choice of literature will be provided by the course teacher.