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MEDI6108 Modern Management of Diabetes, Nutrition and Pharmacology (MODNAP)

Module Overview

With the ever increasing complexity, uncertainty and limitations for the increasing number of medications for diabetes it is essential that healthcare professionals are able to make informed treatment choices. Treatment should be individualised to benefit the patient and to achieve goals that are patient specific not target driven. Patients with diabetes are living longer, but with this, treatment of diabetes is becoming more complex. Diabetes is a progressive disorder and often over time multiple organs may become affected leading to pharmacokinetic issues. Along with these issues there are a growing number of treatments to understand in a rapidly evolving evidence base and with the costs of diabetes care in the NHS ever increasing there are conflicting influences beginning to emerge when prescribing in the NHS. This module will also provide you with an understanding of dietary management as an integral part of diabetes care. Concepts around weight management in type 2 diabetes and carbohydrate counting in type 1 diabetes are covered.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

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

  • Identifying and discussing the lifestyle and economic factors that play a part in treatment choices for diabetes management
  • Listing the full range of therapies for diabetes and describing their action, common side effects, cautions and contraindications
  • Evaluating the link between diabetes and cardiovascular disease (CVD) and the required dietary intervention.
Subject Specific Practical Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Safely advise on initiation or adjustments of insulin and oral medication when appropriate
  • Identify and evaluate risk factors for complications of diabetes and discuss medication options for prevention and treatment
  • Explain the dietary management principles as an integral part of the care package for diabetes and understand the benefit of structured education as part of clinical interventions in type 1 and type 2 diabetes


1. Modern management of diabetes and economic factors that should drive this. 2. Oral diabetes therapies, their action, common side effects, cautions and contraindications 3. Range of Insulin options, initiation, adjustment 4. How co-morbidities affect diabetes treatments 5. Case discussions: Diabetes and co-morbidities 6. Coping with compliance issues 7. Treatment indivisualisation 8. Therapies for blood pressure, cholesterol and the complications of diabetes 9. Case discussions: dietary interventions in Diabetes. 10. Introduction to carbohydrate counting. 11. Insulin regimens in relation to different dietary interventions.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching and learning strategies will include: formal lectures, workshops, and practice based learning. The emphasis will be on student centred learning in which you will be supported by a wide range of resources. Staff, tutors and colleagues will support your professional learning. 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. Workshops: Workshops will encourage end-goal orientated group working skills, in a multi-disciplinary team. Practice based learning: Practice based learning will be used to encourage application of learned skills in a controlled environment.

Independent Study160
Total study time200

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

2 summative assessments, both elements must be passed for successful completion of the module. Compensation allowed between assignments and can be carried forward to the final mark if the qualifying mark of 40% is reached. The pass mark for written and oral presentations is 50%.


MethodPercentage contribution
Written assignment  (2000 words) 50%
Written case study  (2000 words) 50%


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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