Module title: Biology of Disease and Therapeutics

SCQF level: 11:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: BMS11101
Module leader: Graham Wright
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: Biomedical Science


2019/0, Trimester 1, Face-to-Face, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: Face-to-Face
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Graham Wright
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
For LOs 1-4, a combination of interactive lectures and tutorials are used, including problem solving, data analysis and case analysis. These reinforce application of material delivered in the lectures and also bring in the student’s own experience from their laboratory practice (some of these students will have work experience from laboratories from employment or previous undergraduate studies).
LO 5 is based more on current topics of research and discussion for which students are required to investigate the topic of choice and to present their findings to the class.
Group work is encouraged in tackling the case studies although assessment is for individual work. Students are also assessed on their ability to produce a PowerPoint presentation and to give a 15 minute talk on the topic of their choice. Guidance is given in the choice of topic, use of IT and on how to give an oral presentation. This offers students a chance to develop their skills in a “safe” setting in preparation for employment. Students will be guided to produce a professional style presentation, which will require considerable background reading and preparation, use of diverse sources of information.
This module has been developed for the overseas market. The range of diseases studied will reflect the country for which the module is used.
The module is supported by a VLE (Moodle) which is used to provide class materials (including lectures, tutorials and workshops), resource such as animations, videos, direct links to relevant web-based resource, e:submission of all coursework, self-assessment tests, interactive teaching resource, and independent study materials to cover expected prior-learning.

Formative Assessment:
Formative assessment occurs throughout the course with students given the opportunity to peer assess and in addition have teaching staff comment on materials designed as primers for forthcoming summative assessments (with each weekly session relating on one set of data handling exercises or case studies). Students will be guided to relevant study materials in order to prepare in advance for these tutorials.

Students are given the opportunity to give non-assessed formal presentations in 1-hour sessions during weeks 10,11 and 12 in preparation for their assessed oral presentation. Feed-forward is given during these sessions from both academic staff and peers.

Summative Assessment:
Summative assessment occurs in week 8, data handling exercise5 (LOs 2& 3) and case study analysis, (LOs 1,2,3 & 4); and weeks 12/13 (LOs 2,4 & 5) assessed PowerPoint formal presentation and discussion. In each of these assessments, students are expected to source diverse literature resources, and condense relatively large amounts of information into useable, concise, scientifically written/presented submitted materials. Guidance will be given for these exercises.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 22
Face To Face Tutorial 14
Independent Learning Guided independent study 164
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Essay 20 2, 3 8 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 800
Essay 40 1,2,3,4 8 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 1500
Oral Presentation 40 1,2,4,5 13 HOURS= 0.15, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 60
Component 2 subtotal: 40
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

The module will introduce you to the concepts of health and illness, cell adaptation, inflammation, cell injury/death, and neoplasia. Biological mechanisms underlying disease will be studied, including consideration of genetic causes of disease. You will study the development of disease, together with the principles of disease pathogenesis, investigation and treatment. You will be introduced to the general principles of pharmacology, identification of therapeutic targets, mechanisms of drug action, and the potential side-effects associated with medicines
Concepts of health and illness. Tissue responses to damage, acute and chronic inflammation. The principles and current developments in the pathogenesis, investigation and treatment of diseases, exemplified from the molecular level through to system level. Case studies of conditions such as cancer, endocrine disorders, cardiovascular disease, haematological disease; their causes, pathologies, the role of the diagnostic laboratory in diagnosis and the basis of treatments currently available. The advantages and disadvantages of current investigative procedures and treatments are discussed, and the role of lifestyle as a contributing factor in disease development is evaluated.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to
LO1: Evaluate pathological processes at the molecular, cellular, tissue, organ, system and multi-system level
LO2: Critically assess the investigative and therapeutic approaches taken applied to the diseases discussed.
LO3: Critically analyse case studies integrating results of patient investigations and laboratory findings
LO4: Examine the impact of current developments in disease recognition, investigation and treatment.
LO5: Debate and defend the potential impact of experimental therapies and diagnostics on a self-selected disease.

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