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MEDI3046 Year 4 Written Assessment

Module Overview

This module comprises the Written Papers at the end of Year 4 along with revision sessions and the two weeks of “Science Into Practice” teaching that helps prepare students for this assessment. The BM programmes are highly contextualised and integrated programmes in which the application of knowledge and understanding, clinical skills and professional practice applicable to medicine are learned through a range of modules none of which are stand alone modules and therefore this module should be recognised by teachers and students alike as part of the whole year and programme. The Year 4 Written Papers Module in year 4 of the BM programmes is studied along with 5 other clinical teaching modules in Acute Care, Psychiatry, Specialty Weeks, Obstetrics & Gynaecology/GUM and Child Health; and a year long Clinical Ethics & Law (CEL) module.. The emphasis of the assessments for each of the 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 modules studied in earlier years as well as modules studied in that year. In addition, the CEL module and Year 4 assessment modules have been purposely designed to assess learning outcomes covered in any of the 5 clinical modules from the year. The assessment will concentrate on the clinical subjects encountered in year 4, namely child health, psychiatry, obstetrics and gynaecology with genitourinary medicine, acute care, and the specialties (head and neck, ophthalmology, dermatology, neurology). However, the assessment is synoptic, i.e. it takes an inclusive overview of the BM Programme so far and it will involve demonstrating application of scientific and medical principles learnt in previous years in the context of these types of patient. “Science Into Practice” will include large group sessions and directed self-study showing how scientific principles (biomedical, sociological and psychological) are relevant to clinical practice and allow understanding of disease processes and patients’ experiences.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

On successful completion of the module you will be able to demonstrate at assessment the Learning Outcomes of Tomorrow’s Doctors (2009) as applied to the taught content and clinical experience of the Programme so far incorporating: ? The doctor as a scholar and a scientist ? The doctor as a practitioner ? The doctor as a professional


Given that the focus of this module is the Year 4 written papers, revision characterised by private study should be considered the main component. The teaching offered during the “Science Into Practice” weeks will show how the principles learnt in previous modules are relevant to clinical practice, in particular the types of patient you encounter during Year 4. Although this teaching is designed to help you prepare for the written papers, its importance goes beyond the narrow confines of this assessment and should be helpful to your development as a medical professional.

Special Features

There are no special features of this module. The usual reasonable adjustments recommended by Enabling Services will be available as appropriate

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

The module will be taught through a range of learning and teaching strategies which will include: 1) “Science Into Practice” lectures 2) Online and eLearning material relevant to the content of the assessments 3) Other directed learning opportunities as appropriate 4) Time for private study 5) Learning within other modules in this year will contribute significantly to the learning for this module

Independent Study167.5
Total study time187.5

Resources & Reading list

Learning Resources. Resources for this module will be signposted to you through the Blackboard Page for this module. An indicative content is provided below, however the blackboard module will provide the most up to date guidance on resources for this module. Guidance and advice on Blackboard, including mock papers. Reading lists and on-line resources from the Programme so far. Resources on Blackboard linked to the Science Into Practice teaching


Assessment Strategy

This module will be assessed by two written papers: 1. A one best answer (OBA) multiple choice question (MCQ) paper. 2. A problem-solving case-based written paper requiring either free text or multiple choice answers. As described above, the assessment is synoptic, i.e. it is inclusive and draws on scientific and medical principles from previous modules in previous years.


MethodPercentage contribution
Multiple choice question  (2 hours) 50%
Problem solving  (2 hours) 50%


MethodPercentage contribution
Multiple choice question  (2 hours) 50%
Problem solving  (2 hours) 50%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal

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