The Foundations of Medicine module aims to provide a broad base from which students can build deeper knowledge in the subsequent modules. Teaching is through lecture-based material, small group tutorials, and practical sessions. Further details will be provided on Blackboard.
Aims and Objectives
Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:
- Relate fundamental knowledge of anatomical and histological structures to the physiology and pathology of specific body systems
- Describe the normal biological functions of the human body at the molecular, cellular, tissue, organ, system, psychological and social levels
- Describe the range of intrinsic and external factors (genetic, social, environmental, occupational, behavioural and nutritional) that can influence health
- Discuss biological, psychological and sociological concepts of health, illness and disease.
- Describe basic principles underlying the use of drugs and other interventions in the prevention, diagnosis, cure and management of disease
- Explain the cellular and molecular principles by which the normal body structures and functions may be altered by disease
- Demonstrate appropriate numeracy skills in the calculation and interpretation of quantitative scientific and clinical data
The module is based around the following subjects and themes, with additional symposia which bring multiple subjects together and help students make links in their learning. Please refer to Blackboard for more detail and associated resources.
Anatomy and Histology
Medical Ethics and Law
Microbiology and Infection
Nutrition and Metabolism
Personal and Professional Development
Pharmacology and Therapeutics
Psychology (as applied to Medicine)
Population and planetary health
Sociology (as applied to Medicine)
- Technology enhanced learning
- Equality, diversity and inclusion
Clinical skills: First Aid & CPR
Using library resources and IT systems
Learning and Teaching
Teaching and learning methods
The module will be taught through a range of learning and teaching strategies which will include:
- Practical sessions
- Guided self-study
- Problem solving scenarios
- Group work
- Patient based learning
|Wider reading or practice
|Practical classes and workshops
|Preparation for scheduled sessions
|Total study time
Resources & Reading list
Further resources and reading list. Please see the Blackboard module page for current resources. The full reading list for this module is available on the Library Online Reading list at http://soton.rl.talis.com/
Students have an attempt at a set of formative exams (MCQ, written, and practical papers) at the end of Semester 1 for their learning as well as to familiarise themselves with the format and approach needed before the summative exams at the end of Year 1. At the end of year 1, there is a synoptic examination comprised of a Written paper, an MCQ paper and a Practical paper (components) covering material from Foundations of Medicine, Locomotor, and Cardiopulmonary modules. There is compensation between these three components, however, a qualifying mark needs to be achieved in each of the components. Students who fail any/all of these components will have a supplementary attempt which will consist of all three components. Students who fail the supplementary examination will be offered a repeat year.
Students also have an attempt at a set of formative exams (MCQ, written, and practical) at the end of Semester 1 to familiarise them with the format and approach needed before the summative exams at the end of Year 1.
This is how we’ll give you feedback as you are learning. It is not a formal test or exam.Individual assignment
This is how we’ll formally assess what you have learned in this module.
|Part I Assessment Schedule
This is how we’ll assess you if you don’t meet the criteria to pass this module.