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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. This module will provide an overview of key aspects in diabetes care, including psychology, diabetes through the life course, and mechanisms and management of diabetes and its complications. This module will also provide generic learning skills to apply during study as well as in the work place.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

To gain a comprehensive understanding of diabetes and its management. A secondary aim is to equip the learner with appropriate skills for learning.

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

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

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

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Synthesising key knowledge and working effectively as a multi-disciplinary team
  • Critically evaluating health care profession interactions with patients and their carers, especially in relation to psychosocial skills


• 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

Special Features

Practicals/e-learning and group work will be accessible for students with special needs. Students with special needs will be offered the optimal learning experience possible after consultation with the Faculty of Medicine Health and Safety Officer, Disabilities Officer, Senior Tutor (Pastoral) and Enabling Services as appropriate

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 styles to be explored. 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 Study202
Total study time250

Resources & Reading list

Virtual Learning Environment. There is a list of online/library resources on the module BlackBoard site that may be helpful.


Assessment Strategy

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

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