Applied Diagnostic Sciences
Run by School of Medical and Health Sciences
10.000 Credits or 5.000 ECTS Credits
Semester 1 & 2
Organiser: Mr Merf Williams
Overall aims and purpose
This module will consolidate key areas diagnostic science that relate to the assessment and management of patients.
The module will, using a spiral methodology to curriculum delivery, facilitate the students to develop a critical understanding of the utility and relevance of commonly used tests performed in the clinical setting and the laboratory. The systems and conditions included are listed in the Physician Associate (PA) Curriculum. The module includes evaluation and critical analysis of common and more complex conditions in a progressive approach to the use of diagnostic sciences in diagnoses and management. The module will synergize with the other medical science and clinically focussed modules in the second year to facilitate enhanced integrated learning. The module aims to provide students with a critical, working knowledge of this subject area that is intrinsically important to the role of the Physician Associate.
The module will further consolidate 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 conditions 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 reflect on the more common ‘core’ conditions listed in 1A of the PA programme model for categorising conditions, but importantly will incorporate the use of diagnostic sciences in conditions from categories 2A, 1B and 2B. The module will consolidate and expand on, using a systems approach, 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/CNS
- The Reproductive System
- The Musculo-Skeletal/neurological Systems
- The Skin
- Infectious diseases
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 C (50% -59%)
A threshold student should have basic knowledge of the essential facts and key concepts of diagnostic sciences presented in the module. The work is only based on lecture material. No evidence of wider reading or critical thinking.
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. The work presents evidence of critical thinking. Especially for the higher A marks, critical analysis and wider reading is essential.
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. The work presented is largely based on the lecture material. Limited evidence of wider reading and critical analysis.
Be able to confidently and accurately apply the results of commonly employed diagnostic tools in patient management
Appraise the tests which are appropriate in aiding and guiding disease management based on the clinical presentation and setting
Review how diagnostic sciences are related to clinical assessment and management
Consolidate the knowledge of tests available that aid in the management of a range of clinical conditions
Investigate the scientific principles underpinning the tests used and sources of error that can influence the accuracy and reliability of results
Developed an in-depth understanding of the utility of the diagnostic sciences in clinical decision making
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Teaching and Learning Strategy
Lectures (online and fac-to-face) and SDL
- 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.
- 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