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MEDI3055 Integration and Assessment

Module Overview

The purpose of this module is to ensure students can apply and integrate basic science knowledge and understanding, clinical skills and professional practice, to common clinical conditions and scenarios. The third year of the programme in which this module is embedded is considered to be a foundation clinical year on which the following years of the course build. It is a bridge between the initial two years where the main emphasis is on basic sciences and the final clinical years which are predominantly placement based. It is where students learn how to critically appraise evidence and apply that evidence as well as where they apply their basic sciences to aid diagnosis and formulate management plans. There is an additional element of self-study to complement the taught component of the module. Much of the learning that underpins this module is undertaken during other modules within the programme including placement based and non-placement based learning, however there will be some additional knowledge gained through the taught elements of this module. However the main focus of this module is for students to demonstrate their ability to apply existing learning to simulated clinical scenarios either through live simulated scenarios, or paper based cases. The assessment component comprises the objective structured clinical examination (OSCE) and a 2 part MCQ paper at the end of Year 3 and the specific preparation for it. The assessment is synoptic which means that learning from other modules (including previous years of the programme) will also be assessed in this context. Therefore, preparation for this examination should be considered to include all the teaching and learning encountered during the programme so far, including clinical experience.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

The aims of the module are to allow students: • To integrate and apply basic scientific knowledge and understanding to common clinical conditions and scenarios relevant to Medicine, Surgery, Primary Care and Long Term Conditions • To demonstrate clinical skills and professional practise relevant to Medicine, Surgery, Primary Care and Long Term Conditions • To share and discuss the variation in practice seen on placements and support students in identifying the one best answer option for clinical scenarios when required and appropriate variation in practical skills • To develop understanding of what knowledge and understanding should feed into clinical reasoning.

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 specialities studied during this year (biomedical science including anatomy, biochemistry, cell biology, genetics, immunology, microbiology, molecular biology, nutrition, pathology, pharmacology and physiology)
  • Carry out practical procedures relevant to the specialties studied this year safely and effectively
  • Interpret investigations including radiology relevant to the specialties studied this year
  • Demonstrate appropriate professional behaviour towards patients
  • Take responsibility for your own learning and your continuing professional development
  • Apply psychological principles, method and knowledge to common medical practice relevant to the specialities studied during this year
  • Apply social science principles, method and knowledge to common medical practice relevant to the specialities studied during this year
  • Apply the principles, method and knowledge of population health and the improvement of health and health care to common medical practice relevant to the specialities studied this year
  • Carry out elements of a consultation with a patient relevant to the specialties studied this year, including taking and recording a history, performing a physical examination, eliciting questions from a patient and providing explanations, advice and reassurance
  • Understand and be able to apply the principles of diagnosis and management of clinical presentations relevant to the specialties studied this year, in a clinical setting
  • Communicate effectively and appropriately with patients and colleagues in a medical context
  • Prescribe drugs relevant to the specialties studied this year safely, effectively and economically
  • Use information relevant to the specialties studied this year effectively in a medical context


The syllabus for this module is primarily defined by the clinical placement modules studied during Year 3 (Medicine & Elderly Care, Surgery and Orthopaedics and Primary Care and Long term conditions) and students should therefore use the common clinical conditions/patient cases from those module profiles to guide their study for this module. Application and Integration of Basic Sciences to Clinical Scenarios The teaching and learning activities in these areas includes a number of clinical case-based symposia that will provide illustrative examples of how students should integrate, extend and apply knowledge of relevant areas of biomedical, psychological, public health and social science. These will be based on commonly seen patient cases or clinical conditions from the Year 3 clinical modules. The aim is to help students develop skills to integrate and apply basic science knowledge with common clinical conditions and patient cases. This teaching will emphasise the use of analytical skills (based on knowledge of basic sciences) as well as non-analytical skills (based more on pattern recognition) in clinical reasoning skills. The final list of patient cases/conditions for which there will be symposia will be made available on blackboard. Application of Clinical Skills and Professional practice of Clinical Scenarios The teaching and learning activities in these areas will aim to complement teaching in the clinical modules Identification of the “one best” answer option Students will be provided with some mock MCQs to test their ability

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: • Symposia • Self-directed learning • Patient based learning • Practical sessions • Guided self-study • Example OSCE stations • Example MCQ questions • eLearning 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 does not stand alone and learning during the other modules in Year 3 will support the learning for this module and vice versa.

Independent Study314
Total study time375

Resources & Reading list

MedShare for previous lectures.

OSCE Guidance. General OSCE Guidance in the Assessments section of the undergraduate handbook site (MEDI-HAN-001)

Reading list for BM5 programme.

You may also need:. Clinical and professional encounters Clinical skills team Further information and resources can be found on the Faculty of Medicine

Blackboard. Resources section of the Module site on Blackboard


Assessment Strategy

Students will be assessed by an OSCE and 2 written MCQ papers. Compensation will be allowed between the 2 MCQ papers totalling approximately 90 questions but there will be no compensation between the OSCE and the written components. Further details regarding the written examination and the OSCE will be made available in blackboard.


MethodPercentage contribution
Multiple choice question  (4 hours) 50%
Objective Structured Clinical Examination 50%


MethodPercentage contribution
Multiple choice question 50%
Objective Structured Clinical Examination 50%

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:

Equipment and Materials

It is expected that students bring a stethoscope and fob watch to the OSCE

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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