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.


65%: Lecture
12%: Practical
23%: Seminar


50%: Coursework (Report)
50%: Examination (Multiple choice questions)

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.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2022/23. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to COVID-19, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. 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: