Introduction to Clinical Sciences (FND12)

15 credits, Level 3 (sub-degree)

Spring teaching

This optional module will focus on developing your competence in four major areas: Selected clinical conditions and their treatment including mental health, public health and professional inquiry. You will be introduced to the underlying pathology of selected diseases affecting the respiratory, cardiovascular, central nervous and gastrointestinal systems.

The therapeutic use of drugs will be covered in relation to the management of diseases such as ischaemic heart disease, myocardial infarction, asthma, dyspepsia and depression.

You will also be introduced to key skills that underpin modern healthcare practice. These include: Handwashing practical, BP measurement using the sphygmomanometer, peak flow meter use in asthma, asthma devices practical and the principles of medication history taking. You will also develop an awareness of the skills of effective communication, listening to patients and patient counselling during encounters with a High Fidelity Human Patient simulator (SimMan) as well as during a ‘Patient as Teacher’ encounter.

Formative Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs) will be linked to some of the clinical sessions, to further develop their clinical skills. End of module unseen exams will be in the form of MCQs.

Teaching

30%: Lecture
62%: Practical
8%: Seminar

Assessment

50%: Coursework (Practical assessment)
50%: Examination (Unseen examination)

Contact hours and workload

This module is 150 hours of work. This breaks down into 44 hours of contact time and 106 hours of independent study.

This module is running in the academic year 2019/20. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. It may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.