BI1BE1-Pathology: Introduction to Human Disease

Module Provider: School of Biological Sciences
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
Non-modular pre-requisites: Recommended for students with an interest in Medical or Food Microbiology
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2014/5

Module Convenor: Dr Andrew Bicknell


Summary module description:

To introduce the concepts and principles related to pathogenic mechanisms and to the study of human disease.
To give an overview of the major diseases that affect humans, leading to an appreciation of the range of diseases.
To use problem-based approaches to increase understanding of disease.

Assessable learning outcomes:
At the end of the module, the student will be expected to be able to :

- Discuss the concepts and principles of studying disease processes in humans
- Describe the causes, aetiology, epidemiology and diagnosis of several of the most important diseases affecting humans
- Describe the treatment and management of patients who suffer from such diseases
- Give detailed relevant examples of each disease process along with its treatment.

Additional outcomes:
Through additional reading the student will gain computer-aided learning skills via literature database searching.

Outline content:
This module introduces the concepts and general principles relating to the study of human disease and overviews the major disease that affect humans. The course will cover the causes,aetiology, epidemiology, diagnosis and treatment of diseases such as: cancer, cardiovascular disease (e.g. atherosclerosis, heart failure, stroke). CNS disorders (e.g. depression, Parkinson's, Alzheimers, schizophrenia), autoimmune diseases (e.g. rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis), diabetes, asthma and other respiratory diseases, GI tract disorders and infections (bacterial, viral, fungal, parasitic, etc).

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
The course content will be provided in the form of formal one-hour lectures. Computer-aided literature searching and additional reading of relevant material will enable students to improve their own learning skills. Course assessment will be provided through the completion of online case studies (problem based learning) based upon material covered in lectures.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 18
Seminars 2
Guided independent study 80
Total hours by term 100.00
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 70
Set exercise 30

Other information on summative assessment:
Coursework consists of case studies timetabled during the Spring term and work derived from the discussion sessions.

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convener will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.

  • where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at:
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Length of examination:
    A one-and-a-half hour examination requiring the answer of 50 multiple choice questions. This contributes 70% of the overall assessment for this module.

    Requirements for a pass:
    A mark of 40% overall

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Re-examination in August/September only

    Last updated: 17 October 2014

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