Disease, Diagnostics and Therapeutics

Module titleDisease, Diagnostics and Therapeutics
Module codeCSC2012
Academic year2020/1
Module staff

Dr Clare Gallon (Lecturer)

Duration: Term123
Duration: Weeks




Number students taking module (anticipated)


Description - summary of the module content

Module description

This module examines current knowledge of key pathophysiological mechanisms that underpin human disease, alongside key techniques used in the diagnosis, monitoring and treatment of disease. Small group learning and structured supporting sessions are used to provide scientific ‘trigger’ scenarios that introduce key transferable concepts within the setting of illustrative important diseases. In this module we support and encourage you to develop personal skills such as questioning, problem-solving, explaining and communication in addition to the development of your scientific knowledge.

Module aims - intentions of the module

This module promotes an integrated understanding of core human pathophysiological concepts and healthcare technologies and laboratory tests, using illustrative diseases. The module also explores key examples of where science has been translated successfully into clinical practice.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

ILO: Module-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 1. Explain selected core integrated biomolecular and biomedical science principles underpinning human health and illustrative diseases.
  • 2. Outline the key scientific principles underpinning the prevention, diagnosis and management of important diseases..
  • 3. Identify the key principles and challenges for healthcare planning and delivery, including the development and implementation of new health technologies.

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 4. Explain key concepts of physiological and pathophysiological processes in health and disease
  • 5. With limited guidance, apply skills of critical thinking, problem-formulation and problem-solving to clinical science practice

ILO: Personal and key skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 6. With limited guidance, apply skills of critical thinking, problem-formulation and problem-solving to clinical science practice.
  • 7. With limited guidance, manage time, workload, ambiguity, change and stress effectively
  • 8. Effectively communicate and discuss scientific principles, using visual aids where appropriate.
  • 9. With limited guidance, demonstrate professional competence in communicating effectively with fellow scientists.

Syllabus plan

Syllabus plan

Whilst the module’s precise content may vary from year to year, an example of an overall structure is as follows:

The module provides learning opportunities around key medical science concepts, using important human disease triggers. Teaching involves Structured Small Group Learning and structured workshops/tutorials, to demonstrate key scientific principles through the use of physical and electronic resources. The scientific basis of associated healthcare technologies employed in the prevention, diagnosis and management of illustrative diseases will also be explored.

Learning and teaching

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities35Expert-facilitated, small group learning sessions
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities4Optional e-resource coursework assessment troubleshooting drop-ins
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities7Revision and e-resource coursework workshops & module induction lecture
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities6Disease specific workshops
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities7.5Active application workshops
Guided independent study20Watching module specific web-based video recordings (real-time) – preparation for small group learning
Guided independent study220.5Session preparation, self-directed learning using on-line resources, e-resource creation & peer marking, revision


Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Online MCQ Knowledge Tests160 questions1-2,6-7Online
E-resourse assessment1 submission (max 6 PowerPoint slides each)1-5, 7Written
Example SAQ2 questions1-5, 8, 9Online

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
SAQ/MCQ Examination603 hour1-8Written
In-course e-resourses402 x submissions (max. 6 PowerPoint slides equivalent each). Peer marking engagement with 6 e-resources (2 feedback comments per e-resource) submitted on time1-9Written (Tutor & Peer)


Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
SAQ/MCQ Examination SAQ/MCQ Examination 3 hours. See note below.1-8Referral/deferral period
In-course e-resourcee-resource(s) (max. 6 PowerPoint slides equivalent each).1-9Referral/deferral period

Re-assessment notes

Please also refer to the TQA section on general Referral/Deferral guidelines: http://as.exeter.ac.uk/academic-policy-standards/tqa-manual/aph/consequenceoffailure/


If you have been referred in the module because of the failure in the in-course e-resource, you will need to re-submit the e-resource element(s) that achieved less than 40% on first submission, during the referral/deferral period.


Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

The recommended texts, e-resources and other supporting resources for the module are posted on electronic learning environment

Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources


Module has an active ELE page

Indicative learning resources - Other resources

An up to date reading list of specific texts will be provided on the module web page.

Key words search

Pathology, disease, human function, hormonal regulation, neuronal regulation, cell signalling, diagnostic testing, laboratory techniques

Credit value30
Module ECTS


Module pre-requisites

CSC1005 Integrated Human Physiology 

Module co-requisites


NQF level (module)


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