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MEDI3051 Scientific Basis of Medicine

Module Overview

This module aims to integrate learning from basic sciences and clinical medicine across a range of subject areas through a series of lectures and reflective discussions.

Aims and Objectives

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 clinical placements studied during this year (biomedical science including anatomy, biochemistry, cell biology, genetics, immunology, microbiology, molecular biology, nutrition, pathology, pharmacology and physiology) [1.1a, 1.2b, 1.1c, 1.1d, 1.1e, 1.1f]
  • Apply psychological principles, method and knowledge to common medical practice relevant to the clinical placements studied during this year [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 clinical placements studied during this year [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 clinical placement studied this year [1.4a, 1.4b, 1.4c, 1.4f, 1.4g, 1.4h]
  • Acquire, assess, integrate and apply new knowledge to patient cases in order to identify the most likely diagnosis and or course of action. [3.2d]
  • Take responsibility for your own learning and your continuing professional development [3.2b]


The syllabus for the learning in this module is mostly defined by the clinical placement modules studied during this year (Medicine & Elderly Care, Surgery and Orthopaedics and Primary Care and Long term conditions) and students should therefore use the common clinical conditions/patient cases within the syllabus of those module profiles to guide their study for this module. A number of clinical case based symposia will also be provided for this module that will explore key areas of biomedical, psychological, public health and social science in relation to some commonly seen patient cases or clinical conditions from the clinical modules studied this year to help students to develop their skills of applying their basic science knowledge to common clinical conditions and patient cases. Students are expected to then use these skills throughout the year to apply to other common conditions and cases they experience/learn about during their clinical placement modules. The final list of patient cases/conditions for which there will be symposia will be made available on blackboard.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

The module will be taught through a range of learning and teaching strategies which will include: • Symposia • Self directed learning • Patient based learning eLearning including virtual patients. Large group face to face teaching sessions will mainly be delivered in Southampton and video-conferenced to Kassel where parallel small group discussion groups will be held. This module is not stand alone and the learning that is taking place during the other modules in this year will support the learning for this module and vice verca.

Independent Study136.5
Total study time187.5

Resources & Reading list

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


Assessment Strategy

The students will be assessed by a written examination. Further details regarding the written examination will be made available in blackboard.


MethodPercentage contribution
Written exam 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Written exam 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal

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