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MEDI3057 Applied Knowledge Assessment (MCQ)

Module Overview

The purpose of this module is to ensure students can apply and integrate knowledge and understanding to common clinical conditions and scenarios and professional practice. 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. The core of this module is self-study to build upon learning from clinical placements supplemented by lectures and seminars. Much of the learning that underpins this module is undertaken during other modules within the programme including placement based and non-placement based learning, including the clinical lecture series. However the main focus of this module is for students to demonstrate their ability to apply existing learning to simulated clinical scenarios through paper based cases. The assessment component comprises 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

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)
  • 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
  • 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
  • Interpret investigations including radiology relevant to the specialties studied this year
  • Take responsibility for your own learning and your continuing professional development


The syllabus for this module is primarily defined by the clinical placement modules studied during Year 3 (Medicine & Elderly Care, Surgery 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. Students are expected to apply and integrate knowledge acquired in the first 2 years of the programme. A component of the assessment will be based around the learning outcomes from the clinical lecture series.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

The module will be taught through a range of learning and teaching strategies which will include: • Self-directed learning • Patient based learning • Practical sessions • Guided self-study • Example OSCE stations • Example MCQ questions • eLearning - clinical lecture series 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 Study160
Total study time187.5

Resources & Reading list

Please see individual resources on module sites on Blackboard.

MedShare for previous lecture.


Assessment Strategy

Students will be assessed by an MCQ knowledge test of best of 5, single best answer questions. There will be no compensation between this assessment and the OSCE. There is an allowance of 2 minutes per item, and the knowledge test is split into 2 papers with full compensation between the 2 papers. A proportion of questions are sourced from the MSCAA question database and a proportion are locally written items in MSCAA style. This allows exposure to the style of question that students will face in the Finals knowledge test. Further details regarding the written examination , including the number of items in the knowledge test, will be made available in Blackboard.


MethodPercentage contribution
Multiple choice question 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Multiple choice question 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal

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