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MEDI3039 BM4 Year 2 Foundations of Medicine

Module Overview

The BM4 course in years 1 and 2 is a highly contextualised and integrated course in which the application of knowledge and understanding, clinical skills and professional practice applicable to medicine are learned through clinical topic weeks in which students learn in a style similar to problem based learning This module focuses on the “application of knowledge and understanding applicable to medicine” learning and the assessment is predominantly assessing this. However it is not a stand alone module and should be recognised by teachers and students alike as part of the whole course which is achieved by this module alongside 2 other modules – Integration of knowledge and Clinical Medicine 2 and Clinical Medicine 2. The emphasis of the assessments for each of these modules aligns with the focus of learning for that module, however the integrated nature of the course means that there will undoubtedly be overlap and aspects of the assessment in each module will draw upon learning from all 3 modules.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

This module will enable students to develop a deep knowledge and understanding of the core biomedical, psychological, social, ethical, legal and population health science that underpins medical practice such that it can be applied to a variety of medical practice situations/scenarios. In addition it will enable students to develop and advance their skills in independent study and research relevant to medical practice. The learning outcomes below map directly to one or more of the Programme learning outcomes [as indicated in square brackets] which in turn are taken from the GMC’s Tomorrow’s Doctors (2009).

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Apply biomedical scientific principles, method and knowledge to common medical practice relevant to the topics studied (biomedical science including anatomy, biochemistry, cell biology, genetics, immunology, microbiology, molecular biology, nutrition, pathology, pharmacology and physiology) [1.1a, 1.1b, 1.1c, 1.1d, 1.1e, 1.1f]
  • Apply psychological principles, method and knowledge to common medical practice relevant to the topics studied [1.2a, 1.2b, 1.2c, 1.2d, 1.2e, 1.2f, 1.2g]
  • Apply social science principles, method and knowledge to common medical practice relevant to the topics studied [1.3a, 1.3b, 1.3c, 1.3d, 1.3e]
  • Apply the principles, method and knowledge of population health and the improvement of health and health care to common medical practice relevant to the topics studied [1.4a, 1.4b, 1.4c, 1.4f, 1.4g, 1.4h]
  • Discuss ethical and legal issues in a variety of clinical contexts and from a variety of different perspectives

Syllabus

TOPICS Your learning will be structured around a series of clinical topic weeks, which will themselves be grouped around physiological systems. The order of clinical topic weeks has been designed to be mostly systems based whilst also allowing for an integrated and spiral curriculum. During this module you will follow a series of topics related to the nervous system, the musculoskeletal system, the endocrine and the reproductive systems and then finish off with a topic that is specifically chosen to be very integrative in the systems and disciplines involved. CLINICAL CONTEXT Weekly clinical topics are used to provide a framework for learning and to provide an example of the medical practice context to which the knowledge and understanding applies. Examples of the clinical topics for this module are provided below but are subject to change. 1. Arthritis 2. Low Back Pain 3. Cerebrovascular Accidents 4. CNS Injury 5. Chronic Neurological Disorders (MS) 6. Ageing and Dementia 7. Depression 8. Endocrine Disorders 9. Reproductive Health 10. Pregnancy 11. Medical Emergencies For each of these clinical topics detailed learning outcomes are provided to guide you in the biomedical, social, psychological, ethical, legal and population health knowledge and understanding that is applied to each topic. These are available along with resources to support the learning within the Blackboard module pages. Learning in this module focuses on students being able to integrate learning from these outcomes and relate them to specific patient cases.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

This module is a student-led learning module in which students are provided with detailed guidance on the curriculum content to learn, however teaching is limited to lectures and practical which provide a framework and outline of key concepts from which students are expected to guide their own learning. Each week students will have around 5 hours of teaching provided

TypeHours
Lecture44
Preparation for scheduled sessions11
Revision200
Wider reading or practice98
Practical classes and workshops22
Total study time375

Resources & Reading list

Blackboard. Resources to support the learning will be provided on Blackboard In addition, a reading list will be provided on Blackboard

BM4 tutor. Students are provided with an allocated BM4 tutor to support the learning of key subject areas, details can be found within the Blackboard pages. Resources to support students with their reflective skills will be made available on the BM4 webpages

Assessment

Assessment Strategy

Mapping of Learning outcomes to Assessment: 1. Apply biomedical scientific principles, method and knowledge to medical practice:OBAs, EMIs, Short notes & Anatomy Practical Paper 2. Apply psychological principles, method and knowledge to medical practice: OBAs, EMIs and Short notes 3. Apply social science principles, method and knowledge to medical practice: OBAs, EMIs and Short notes 4. Apply the principles, method and knowledge of population health and the improvement of health and health care to medical practice: OBAs, EMIs and Short notes 5. Discuss ethical and legal issues in a variety of clinical contexts and from a variety of different perspectives: OBAs, EMIs and Short notes

Formative

Mock Examination

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Numerical paper 15%
Written exam  (3 hours) 85%

Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Numerical paper  (1.5 hours) 15%
Written exam  (2 hours) 85%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal

Costs

Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.

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