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MEDI6107 Foundations of Diabetes

Module Overview

This module is designed to provide continuing professional development for health care professionals in best practice associated with diabetes care. An overview of key aspects in diabetes care is introduced, including psychology, diabetes through the life course, and mechanisms and management of diabetes and its complications. A range of study skills for masters level are introduced with practical sessions where appropriate.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • Appraising and evaluating the interactions between pharmacological and lifestyle treatments, management and provision of service
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Examining key educational skills, including referencing, online resources, literature review and academic integrity
  • Critically evaluating health care profession interactions with patients and their carers, especially in relation to psychosocial skills
  • Synthesising key knowledge and working effectively as a multi-disciplinary team
Disciplinary Specific Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Developing a critical awareness of the pathophysiology of diabetes and how this relates to treatment and complications


• Pathophysiology of diabetes • Description and comparison of different types of diabetes • Diabetes through the life course (during pregnancy, paediatrics, young people, adults, and the elderly) • Diagnosis and treatment of type 1 and type 2 diabetes and their long term complications • Living with diabetes, including psychosocial influences • Diet and carbohydrate counting • Working in multidisciplinary teams, in primary and secondary care, including leadership and decision making skills • Educational skills- referencing, academic integrity, online resources and literature review

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching and learning methods will include lectures, small group work, practicals, and e-learning. Using a variety of learning methods will allow all types of learning needs to be supported. Lectures: Lectures will be interactive and multi-disciplinary where possible, to encourage deep learning and understanding. The University of Southampton and University Hospitals Southampton have nationally and internationally renowned experts in diabetes care and research. They already deliver highly rated teaching on the medical and allied health professionals student programmes in the University. Small group work: Small group work will encourage end-goal orientated group working skills, in a multi-disciplinary team. Practicals: Practicals will be used to encourage application of learned skills in a controlled environment. E-learning: e-learning will facilitate consolidation of acquired knowledge in an interactive fashion.

Independent Study158
Total study time200

Resources & Reading list There is a list of online/library resources on the module BlackBoard site that may be helpful.

Virtual Learning Environment. 


Assessment Strategy

The assessment for the module provides you with the opportunity to demonstrate achievement of the module learning outcomes. There will be 3 assessment components: written assignment, oral presentation and reflective account. The pass mark for written and oral presentations is 50%. (Compensation is allowed between summative assessments and can be carried forward to the final mark if the qualifying mark of 40% is reached)


Group presentation


MethodPercentage contribution
Individual assignment  (2500 words) 50%
Individual Oral Presentation  (10 minutes) 40%
Individual reflection  (1000 words) 10%


MethodPercentage contribution
Individual assignment  (2500 words) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External


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:


Computer: It is advisable that students provide their own laptop or personal computer, although shared facilities are available across the University campus.

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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