Module MSE-3016:
Pathophysiology

Module Facts

Run by School of Medical Sciences

10 Credits or 5 ECTS Credits

Semester 1

Organiser: Dr Christopher Staples

Overall aims and purpose

The aim of this module is to effectively utilise the knowledge gained throughout the Biomedical Science course in Years 1 and 2 and to develop an in-depth understanding of the symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and underlying molecular pathology of selected human conditions. Students are also encouraged to develop scientific writing skills.

Course content

This module will discuss a range of human diseases of diverse aetiology and pathology and include case studies relevant to each of the specialist pathology disciplines.

Assessment Criteria

excellent

Category A (70%-100%):

An excellent student should demonstrate in-depth comprehension of the molecular pathology of selected human diseases.

Written answers should demonstrate a very high standard of scientific writing, as well as evidence of comprehension and independent thought. The work should be well-structured, written with clarity, and contain relevant coverage of accurate information as well as demonstrating significant evidence of background reading.

Extensive evidence of wider reading and independent critical thought is required for A+ and A* marks.

good

Category B (60%-69%):

A good student should demonstrate excellent factual knowledge of the molecular pathology of selected human diseases.

Written answers should demonstrate a high standard of scientific writing, as well as evidence of comprehension and independent thought. The work should be well-structured, written with clarity, and contain relevant coverage of accurate information. Little or no evidence of background reading.

threshold

Category D (40%-49%):

A threshold student may demonstrate a basic factual knowledge of the molecular pathology of selected human diseases, limited only to key concepts.

Written answers should demonstrate a reasonable standard of scientific writing. The work is poorly structured, and contains relevant coverage of partly accurate information, although a significant number of minor factual inaccuracies or conceptual errors are present.

C- to C+

Category C (50%-59%):

A less-engaged student should demonstrate reasonable factual knowledge of the molecular pathology of selected human diseases.

Written answers should demonstrate an acceptable standard of scientific writing, as well as evidence of comprehension. The work should be reasonably well-structured, and contain relevant coverage of accurate information although some minor factual inaccuracies or conceptual errors may occur.

Learning outcomes

  1. Develop an in-depth understanding of the molecular pathology (etiology, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, prognosis) of a range of selected human disease states, including genetics, cell biology and epidemiology where appropriate

  2. Develop and improve scientific writing skills via discussion of human pathologies.

  3. Develop skills of analysis and evaluation of peer-reviewed, published research articles concerning the pathophysiology of human diseases.

Assessment Methods

Type Name Description Weight
ESSAY Pathophysiology Essay

Essay on a selected research paper focused on a relevant disease

30
EXAM Final MSE-3016 exam

A 2h essay exam.

70

Teaching and Learning Strategy

Hours
Private study

Group meetings to discuss case studies. Preparation of group presentation. Revision for exam and for Biomedical essay topics.

82
Lecture

There will be an introductory lecture and a closing lecture. The intervening 7 two-hour lecture slots will each focus on a separate human disease.

18

Transferable skills

  • 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
  • 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.
  • Presentation - Able to clearly present information and explanations to an audience. Through the written or oral mode of communication accurately and concisely.
  • 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

Subject specific skills

QAA Subject Benchmarks for Biomedical Sciences

The programme aims to give students a comprehension of scientific investigation of medical genetics. (benchmarks: 5.1; 5.3; 5.5)

On successful completion of the course, students will be able to engage with essential facts, major concepts, principles and theories associated with medical genetics. (benchmark: 6.4)

Graduates will be able to apply their knowledge to a professional, evidence-based approach to research into the pathogenesis and origins of disease processes. (benchmark: 6.2)

Biomedical science graduates are aware of the current laboratory methods to investigate and diagnose human diseases in clinical and research environments. This includes an appreciation of research and the development of new technologies. (benchmark: 6.3)

Biomedical sciences graduates should recognise and apply subject-specific theories, paradigms, concepts or principles to reach evidence-based decisions. (benchmark: 4.2)

To be able to receive and respond to a variety of sources of information (textual, numerical, verbal, graphical), carry out sample selection, produce record scientific records & analyse data within a statistical context (an understanding of statistical significance and statistical power), and to communicate the outcomes to a variety of audiences using a range of formats, media and approaches including the avoidance of plagiarism. (benchmark: 4.4; 4.5)

Graduates should develop the skills necessary for self-managed and lifelong learning, have an appreciation for the role and impact of intellectual property, and identify and work towards targets for personal, academic, professional and career development. (benchmark: 4.7)