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UOSM2013 Pathological Mechanisms of Disease

Module Overview

After completing this module, students should have an understanding of basic pathological processes comparable to that of a first year medical student. Distinctive features are: • Most of the teaching is via on-line interactive activities called Pathology Interactive Practicals (PiPs) that students do in their own time. • A group project leading to a presentation that contributes 50% of the overall mark for the module

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

Aims: • Introduce students to disease mechanisms that lead to common illnesses. • Engage in a project where pathology can be applied to an issue relevant to the students’ particular courses. • Learn team-working skills, including the giving and receiving of constructive feedback. Objectives: • Use pathological principles to interpret disease processes. • Apply pathological principles in a piece of work producing a poster or other suitable artefact. • Work effectively as part a team, giving and receiving constructive feedback and applying the principles of peer assessment.

Syllabus

There are two main components of the module: 1. A didactic component teaching pathological principles, including: • inflammation and immunity; • cell death and necrosis; • cellular adaptations such as hyperplasia and metaplasia; • neoplasia and cancer. 2. A project applying pathology to a particular issue. This could be an issue relevant to the student’s ‘parent’ course. The project will be performed in small groups. Examples might include: • application of pathological principles to a particular disease, which could be of relevance at a local or global scale; • exploration of disease in the context of evolutionary adaptation; • the interaction between disease mechanisms and their social or psychological consequences; • how diseases affect human and/or animal tissues; • the role of medical devices in modifying disease mechanisms.

Special Features

There are two main components of the module: 1. A didactic component teaching pathological principles, including: • inflammation and immunity; • cell death and necrosis; • cellular adaptations such as hyperplasia and metaplasia; • neoplasia and cancer. 2. A project applying pathology to a particular issue. This could be an issue relevant to the student’s ‘parent’ course. The project will be performed in small groups. Examples might include: • application of pathological principles to a particular disease, which could be of relevance at a local or global scale; • exploration of disease in the context of evolutionary adaptation; • the interaction between disease mechanisms and their social or psychological consequences; • how diseases affect human and/or animal tissues; • the role of medical devices in modifying disease mechanisms.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

There are two main components of the module: 1. A didactic component teaching pathological principles, including: • inflammation and immunity; • cell death and necrosis; • cellular adaptations such as hyperplasia and metaplasia; • neoplasia and cancer. 2. A project applying pathology to a particular issue. This could be an issue relevant to the student’s ‘parent’ course. The project will be performed in small groups. Examples might include: • application of pathological principles to a particular disease, which could be of relevance at a local or global scale; • exploration of disease in the context of evolutionary adaptation; • the interaction between disease mechanisms and their social or psychological consequences; • how diseases affect human and/or animal tissues; • the role of medical devices in modifying disease mechanisms.

TypeHours
Teaching40
Independent Study110
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Pathology Interactive Practicals (PiPs).

Lakhani SR, Dilly SA, Finlayson CJ. (2009). Lakhani SR, Dilly SA, Finlayson CJ.. 

Bateman A, Carr N (2009). Flesh and Bones of Pathology. 

Loddington S. Peer Assessment of Group Work.

Underwood JCE, Cross SS (2009). General and Systematic Pathology. 

Assessment

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Group presentation 50%
Multiple choice question 50%

Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Group presentation 50%
Multiple choice question 50%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal

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