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Christopher Wigham is a Senior Lecturer at the College of Human and Health Sciences. Chris is Programme Director for the Healthcare Science programmes as well as teaching a number of modules in Anatomy, Physiology and Pathophysiology to a variety of programmes. He has a BSc degree in Biological Sciences and a PhD in Corneal Physiology, both from Aston University, Birmingham. He started his academic career as a Research fellow at the Welsh National School of Medicine, moving on to lecturer, senior lecturer and eventually Head of Department of Optometry and Vision Science at Cardiff University. Chris has a research interest in corneal physiology and membrane transport in epithelia. His current role is however mainly teaching and management. In his spare time he can be found making furniture and carving in wood.

Teaching

  • SHC137 Study Skills, Health Informatics and Health Service Practice

    This module provides an introduction to student skills, learning skills, IT skills, communication skills and elements of Health Informatics that prepares the student for work in the clinical environment of the National Health Service as an Assistant/Associate audiology practitioner.

  • SHC150 Professional Practice 1

    This is an introductory module that prepares students for work in the healthcare science clinical practice environment.

  • SHC151 Anatomy and Physiology for Healthcare Science

    This is an introductory module to the structure and function of the human body, delivered with a focus on healthcare science.

  • SHC152 Pathophysiology for Healthcare Science

    This is an introductory module to the structure and function of the human body and how it is affected by disease, delivered with a focus on healthcare science.

  • SHC154 Neurosensory Anatomy, Physiology and Pathophysiology

    This module provides a deeper insight into the anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology of the nervous auditory and visual systems.

  • SHC155 Neurosensory Science

    This module provides an introduction to aspects of basic science which are important for the neurosensory science student to learn.

  • SHC230 Professional Practice 2

    This module follows from the year 1 module in Professional Practice and further develops some topics as well as introducing others. The material is designed to provide support knowledge for the Healthcare Science student in their professional practice.

  • SHC331 Healthcare Science Research Project

    This module will facilitate the planning, execution and dissemination of a research project with direct relevance to the clinical specialism. Students will be expected to plan, execute and disseminate a literature review, audit or service improvement project.

  • SHF100 Anatomy and Physiology 2

    This module aims to provide an understanding of the structure and function of the key systems which is a core requirement of osteopathic medicine. This module builds upon knowledge introduced in SHF109 Anatomy and Physiology 1, and develops the understanding of the structure and functions of the key systems of the body. This knowledge will underpin the pathophysiology and therapeutics covered in Year 2.

  • SHF109 Anatomy and Physiology 1

    This module utilises lecture and laboratory based study to explore the anatomy and physiology of the major body systems. Furthermore, this module will be used to underpin the knowledge required to understand clinical presentation, diagnosis and osteopathic management of pathological conditions.

  • SHG130 Foundations in Human Anatomy and Physiology for Health and Social Care

    This module is designed to meet the specific needs of students on the BSc Health and Social Care degree. Unlike current anatomy and physiology modules it assumes no prior knowledge of the subject material and provides an overview of the structure and function of each organ system. The module enhances material delivered in lead lectures with laboratory sessions and makes use of the pre-existing Visual Bioscience software developed by the department. The module will also give an overview of common medical conditions.

  • SHG311 Meeting the Specific Needs of People with Parkinson's Disease and their Carers

    The module aims to provide an educational programme to enable health care practitioners to practice competently as a member of the multidisciplinary team within the specialist field of caring for people with Parkinsonâ⿬⿢s disease and their carers.

  • SHGM101 The Management of Parkinson's Disease-Related Conditions

    The module aims to provide an educational programme to enable health care practitioners to practice competently as a member of the multidisciplinary team within the specialist field of caring for people with Parkinson¿s disease and their carers.

  • SHP100 Applied Human Biology

    This module will introduce the student to applied biological sciences. The module will begin with an exploration of the structure and function of the major organic compounds found in the human body, moving on to aspects of cellular physiology and basic pharmacology.

  • SHP104 Human Anatomy and Physiology 1

    This module uses lecture and laboratory based study to explore the anatomy and physiology of the major organs and organ systems of the human body. Teaching will begin with the molecular and cellular basis of life, utilising appropriate techniques to illustrate the structure of organelles, cells and tissues. The major organs and organ systems will be examined and their role in homeostasis explained, with the importance of the interplay between different organs emphasised.

  • SHP207 Human Anatomy and Physiology II

    This module will develop knowledge of human anatomy and physiology. Teaching will build upon the lecture material delivered in year 1. The major organs and organ systems will be examined in detail, including relevant physical and biochemical processes.

  • SHP209 Pathophysiology 1 - Diseases and Disorders of the Vital Organs

    This level 5 module builds upon existing scientific knowledge and a comprehensive understanding of anatomy and physiology of the human body, obtained in level 4. This new module focuses primarily on the five vital organs (the brain, the heart, the lungs, the liver and the kidneys), and covers in depth, the pathophysiology of each organ, providing details of the diseases and disorders which may affect these key organs.

  • SHP354 Systems Physiology and Common Pathologies

    This module builds on the students¿ knowledge and understanding of human physiological processes which are fundamental to health and wellbeing. Students should extend their comprehension of systems failure and the adverse effect this has on maintenance of health. Students should have a basic understanding of human anatomy and physiology.

  • SHVM00 Applied Anatomy and Pathophysiology for Long Term Chronic Conditions Management

    This module is used to underpin the applied knowledge required to understand the clinical presentation and management of specific long term and chronic conditions.

  • SHVM46 Chronic Pain Management

    The experience of chronic pain has a major impact upon a person¿s quality of life and it can often limit their level of physical functioning. Therefore, it is important to have effective strategies and treatment options available to decide the best method of clinical intervention. There are two main approaches to chronic pain management ¿ pharmacological and non-pharmacological (i.e. electrotherapy, massage, acupuncture, etc). This module will examine each option in terms of its evidence base and clinical application.