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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. The multidisciplinary approach to teaching on this module will contribute to learning, and typically includes teaching and interactions with doctors in both adult and paediatric care, nurses, psychologists, podiatrists, dietitians, pharmacists, scientists, people who have diabetes, and University staff including IT, senior tutor, library staff, international advisor and the programme team.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

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

  • Appraisal and evaluation of the interactions between pharmacological and lifestyle treatments, management and provision of service.
  • Critical evaluation of health care profession interactions with patients and their carers, especially in relation to psychosocial skills.
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Develop and apply key educational skills, including referencing, online resources, literature review, academic integrity, and figure preparation.
  • Synthesise key knowledge and work effectively as a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Evaluate and apply the principles of reflection to your own practice.
Disciplinary Specific Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Develop 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 acute and long term complications • Living with diabetes, including psychosocial influences, through discussions with people who have diabetes and their carers • Diet and carbohydrate counting • Communication skills • Working in multidisciplinary teams, in primary and secondary care, including leadership and decision making skills • Reflective practice • Educational skills- referencing, academic integrity, online resources and literature review

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

The understanding of the processes involved in diabetes including history taking, diagnosis, management of a patient and building diabetes teams, is acquired through lectures, small group work, workshops, presentations, patient-based learning, reflective practice and e-learning. Using a variety of learning methods will allow all types of learning needs to be supported. The teaching is conducted by a multi-disciplinary team of clinical and non-clinical experts, and the breadth of staff knowledge and experience will contribute to the learning experience. The University of Southampton and University Hospitals Southampton have nationally and internationally renowned experts in diabetes care and research. Lectures: Lectures will be interactive and multi-disciplinary where possible, to encourage deep learning and understanding. Small group work: Small group work will encourage end-goal orientated group working skills, in a multi-disciplinary team. A formative presentation will provide the opportunity to develop the necessary skills to research and give a lay presentation in a group exercise, with feedback to aid further improvement for future presentations. Workshops will be used to encourage exploration of learned skills and existing knowledge in a facilitated peer- rich environment. Patient-based learning: sessions will be held with a number of people with diabetes and carers of people with diabetes to allow you to understand the day to day reality of living with diabetes. Reflective skills will be taught formally and will be practiced during teaching in a variety of formats to give a good understanding of how to reflect and to apply this to your daily life as a practitioner. E-learning: e-learning will facilitate consolidation of acquired knowledge in an interactive fashion. In particular, students will be encouraged to access our “Understanding Insulin” MOOC as an optional learning resource, to provide them with consolidation and extension of learning. The module blackboard site also contains a list of other appropriate free elearning resources. Self directed learning- students will be encouraged to undertake extensive self directed studies, to improve both breadth and depth of their knowledge. This time will partly be preparation for assessments. The taught components for this module are generally: 50% lectures, 12% small group work, 12% workshops, 10% presentations, 10% patient based learning and 6% reflective practice. Online combination of pre-recorded sessions and live sessions.

Independent Study158
Total study time200

Resources & Reading list

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


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 assessments 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. If you have failed the module, you will have the opportunity to submit work at the next referral (re-sit) opportunity for all components where you have not achieved the pass mark. Marks for components which were passed will be carried forward. You must achieve the pass mark in all referred components. On passing your referrals, your final module mark will be capped at 50%.




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


MethodPercentage contribution
Individual assignment  () 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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