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MEDI3051 Scientific Basis of Medicine

Module Overview

To integrate learning from basic sciences and clinical medicine across a range of subject areas through a series of lectures and interactive small group work

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

• integrate the full range of basic scientific knowledge into a clinical context • explore some areas of science that may not be easily encountered in third year clinical attachments • develop critical appraisal skills and an understanding of how research underpins future therapies 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:

  • Develop your ability to explain the scientific basis for common disease presentations, and describe the scientific principles underlying the investigation and treatment of these diseases [1.1b, 1.1d, 1.1f]
  • Acquire, assess, apply and integrate new knowledge and be able to describe how this approach ensures that patients receive the highest level of professional care [3.2a]
  • Manage your time, and work autonomously [3.2d]
  • Function effectively as a mentor and teacher including contributing to the assessment and review of colleagues, giving effective feedback, and taking advantage of opportunities to develop these skills [3.2f]
  • Demonstrate ability to build positive working relationships and undertake various team roles including leadership and the ability to accept leadership by others [3.3d]
  • Develop insight into your learning needs in the professional workplace and recognise the need for support and guidance in managing challenging situations; and reflect on your own learning style and how it may need to be adapted to the clinical environment [3.2a,3.2b, 3.2e, 3.4a, 3.4i]
  • Show awareness of a wide variety of ways in which you learn in the workplace, often not defined by the curriculum, and which includes role models [3.3a, 2.3h]
  • Demonstrate awareness of professional responsibility both to patients and to members of the multiprofessional team and to student colleagues and reflect on how poor performance or poor professional behaviour should be addressed [3.1d, 3.1f, 3.3c, 3.3d, 3.4j]
  • Take responsibility for your own learning and your continuing professional development [3.2b]
  • Discuss the psychological concepts of health and illness for common disease presentations, and apply theoretical frameworks of psychology to responses to these diseases [1.2b, 1.2c]
  • Discuss sociological concepts of common diseases and use sociological frameworks to explain responses to these diseases [1.3b, 1.3c]
  • Describe and analyse some of the public health factors which are relevant to common diseases [1.4a, 1.4i]
  • Critically appraise the results of relevant diagnostic, prognostic and treatment trials and other qualitative and quantitative studies as reported in the medical and scientific literature [1.5a
  • Have an understanding of the medical/biological research that is carried out at the University of Southampton which may influence future therapies [1.5c]
  • Communicate clearly, and effectively with colleagues, by listening, sharing and responding [2.3a]
  • Communicate effectively as a peer teacher
  • Access information sources and use the information in relation to patient care, health promotion, advice and information to patients, and research and education [2.7d]


Students will participate in a variety of clinical case based symposia that will explore key areas of biomedical, psychological and social science. The final list of topics that will be included is still under consideration. The symposia will mainly be delivered in Southampton and video-conferenced to Kassel where parallel small group discussion groups will be held

Special Features

Reasonable adjustment will be made for students who have special considerations and will be assessed and implemented on an individual basis

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

The module will be taught through a range of learning and teaching strategies which will include: • Lectures • Guided self-study • Group work • Patient based learning • eLearning

Independent Study136.5
Total study time187.5

Resources & Reading list

Further information and resources can be found on the Faculty of Medicine.



MethodPercentage contribution
Multiple choice question 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Multiple choice question 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal


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:

Travel Costs for placements

Students pay £100 per year to the Faculty to cover the costs of travel to and from placements throughout the academic year

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

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