Module MSE-1018:
Clinical Science in Practice

Module Facts

Run by School of Medical Sciences

10 Credits or 5 ECTS Credits

Semester 1

Organiser: Miss Alyson Moyes

Overall aims and purpose

This module aims to introduce the student to the concept of applied clinical sciences. By examining recent global developments, this course will demonstrate how their theoretical learning can be applied to a wide variety of topics.

Course content

This module will address several key themes through a series of lectures and seminars:

  • Ethics in medical science.
  • Role of research in medical science.
  • Public perception of medical science.
  • Role of clinical trials in medical science
  • Role of epidemiology in medical science

Lectures and seminars: Through a series of lectures and workshops students will have sessions devoted to medical ethics, clinical trials and a series of sessions focussing on relevant, topical features which demonstrate the real world implications and impact of medical sciences.

Workshops will also be held teaching the importance of public communication of science and how complex concepts can be conveyed in an accessible manner. This will provide a foundation for one of the assessment methods in this module.

Assessment Criteria


B- to B+ Demonstrates a good working knowledge of the theory and range of skills specific to the topics covered in this module.


D- to D+ Basic understanding of the range of topics specific to this module

C- to C+

Satisfactory C- to C+ Demonstrates a good understanding of the skills specific to the topics covered in this module.


A- to A* Demonstrates a very good understanding and working knowledge of the theory and range of the topics covered in this module.

Learning outcomes

  1. Demonstrate the ability to work as part of a team in order to complete a task.

  2. Demonstrate knowledge of a range of clinical and scientific topics and professional behaviours as set out in the course content.

Assessment Methods

Type Name Description Weight
MCQ exam 60
Group Poster Presentation 40

Teaching and Learning Strategy


8 x 2 hour lectures on various topics. 1 x 2 hours exam preparation session.

Private study

Private study - students should spend this time reading around the subject area.

Group Project

Self study time, where students are expected to work with their group memebers to produce thier posters.


Transferable skills

  • Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
  • Numeracy - Proficiency in using numbers at appropriate levels of accuracy
  • Computer Literacy - Proficiency in using a varied range of computer software
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Leadership - Able to lead and manage, develop action plans and objectives, offer guidance and direction to others, and cope with the related pressures such authority can result in

Subject specific skills

Students will develop team working and communication skills, working as part of a team to complete a poster.


Talis Reading list

Reading list