Run by School of Medical and Health Sciences
10.000 Credits or 5.000 ECTS Credits
Semester 1 & 2
Organiser: Dr Elinor Chapman
Overall aims and purpose
This module will introduce key areas of clinically relevant diagnostic science that aid clinicians in managing individuals both in health and disease. The module will describe the science underpinning commonly used tests conducted in the clinical setting and the laboratory. The systems covered and conditions discussed are listed in the Physician Associate (PA) Curriculum. The module will synergize with the other medical science and clinically focused modules to facilitate enhanced learning. Knowledge in this subject area is intrinsically important to the role of the Physician Associate.
The module will describe how four major fields of diagnostic science are applied to augment clinical decision making, including patient monitoring and observations, common tests of blood, urine and other body fluids and tissues, imaging and other non-invasive and invasive diagnostic tools.
Using a systems approach as outlined in the Physician Associate curriculum, Matrix Specification of Core Clinical Conditions (DoH, 2006), conditions are listed within body system/clinical field; broad disorder type and individual condition/disorder.
This module will focus on the more common ‘core’ conditions listed in 1A of the PA programme model for categorising conditions, but also incorporate conditions where appropriate from 1B, 2A and 2B categories.
The module will introduce, using a systems approach, key areas where diagnostic science augments patient care, including:
- The Cardiovascular System
- The Respiratory System
- The Liver
- The Gastro-Intestinal Tract
- The Endocrine System
- The Renal System
- The Brain
- The Reproductive System
- The Musculo-Skeletal System
- The Skin
This module will integrate horizontally and vertically with the skills and knowledge gained from both the primarily basic medical science and predominantly clinical modules, enabling students to synthesise and incorporate learning experiences from multiple domains.
Category A (70% - 100%):
An excellent student should have a thorough factual knowledge across all aspects of the module, and be able to detail examples where appropriate, supported by additional reading and knowledge drawn from other modules. For the higher 'A' marks, significant evidence of critical analysis and wider reading is essential.
Category C (50% -59%)
A threshold student should have thorough knowledge of the essential facts and key concepts of diagnostic sciences presented in the module.
Category B (60%-69%)
A good student should have a thorough factual knowledge across all aspects of the module, and be able to detail examples where appropriate.
Analyse the scientific principles underpinning the tests used.
Interpret the results of commonly employed diagnostic tools.
Review which tests are appropriate in aiding and guiding disease management.
Demonstrate a detailed knowledge of the tests available that aid in the management of common diseases.
Investigate the importance of diagnostic sciences in clinical decision making.
Review how diagnostic sciences are related to clinical assessment and management.
|Objective Station Clinical Examination||60.00|
Teaching and Learning Strategy
Lectures will be released asynchronously, please refer to module Blackboard.
Self directed reading in-line with learning outcomes
- Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
- Numeracy - Proficiency in using numbers at appropriate levels of accuracy
- Self-Management - Able to work unsupervised in an efficient, punctual and structured manner. To examine the outcomes of tasks and events, and judge levels of quality and importance
- Exploring - Able to investigate, research and consider alternatives
- Information retrieval - Able to access different and multiple sources of information
- Inter-personal - Able to question, actively listen, examine given answers and interact sensitevely with others
- Critical analysis & Problem Solving - Able to deconstruct and analyse problems or complex situations. To find solutions to problems through analyses and exploration of all possibilities using appropriate methods, rescources and creativity.
- Safety-Consciousness - Having an awareness of your immediate environment, and confidence in adhering to health and safety regulations
- Presentation - Able to clearly present information and explanations to an audience. Through the written or oral mode of communication accurately and concisely.
- Teamwork - Able to constructively cooperate with others on a common task, and/or be part of a day-to-day working team
- Argument - Able to put forward, debate and justify an opinion or a course of action, with an individual or in a wider group setting
- Self-awareness & Reflectivity - Having an awareness of your own strengths, weaknesses, aims and objectives. Able to regularly review, evaluate and reflect upon the performance of yourself and others