Introduction to Biomedicine (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 and assessment

We’re currently reviewing teaching and assessment of our modules in light of the COVID-19 situation. We’ll publish the latest information as soon as possible.

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 25 hours of contact time and about 125 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

This module is running in the academic year 2021/22. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. However, we are constantly looking to improve and enhance our courses. There may be changes to modules in response to student demand or feedback, changes to staff expertise or updates to our curriculum. We may also need to make changes in response to COVID-19. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: