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, and attend a formal practical session to understand the histological changes that occur in selected diseases.

In groups you’ll create E-learning materials on selected topics, and present your work to other students. This is designed to enhance employability skills such as presenting, communication and team-work.


85%: Lecture
8%: Practical
8%: 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 2023/24. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: