Programme/Approved Electives for 2021/22
Available as a Free Standing Elective
This module investigates modern advances in medicine that impact current diagnosis, treatment and prevention of a range of diseases. We will highlight fast-emerging areas of research which are striving to improve diagnosis such as nanotechnology and new biochemical tests in the fields of heart disease, cancer and fertility investigations which will potentially improve patient care. You will gain insight into the advancing field of personalised medicine, which allows optimisation of treatment based on an individual┐s genetic and clinical background. You will also explore the emerging cutting-edge use of non-coding RNA as a therapeutic tool. Finally, you will be able to discuss new developments in the fields of tissue engineering, stem cell technologies, vaccinology and islet cell transplantation which have all seen significant advances in recent years. The module is entirely assessed through a research portfolio that you will complete aross the semester. This will help you to develop, consolidate and evidence a range of science communication skills that are highly desirable in the post graduate market. From writing a scientific newspaper article for the general public to writing an analytical or impact evaluation.
This module will describe and promote the understanding of advances in medicine that have impacted on prevention, diagnosis, treatment, palliative care and control of relapse in a range of diseases including, infectious diseases, metabolic disorders, cancer and organ dysfunction.
Intended Learning Outcomes
review current strategies in tissue engineering and evaluate the importance and limitations of these technologies: 1evaluate current research in the fast-moving field of nanotechnology and their potential as diagnostic and therapeutic tools of the future: 1evaluate current research in the fast-moving field of non-coding RNA and evaluate their potential as diagnostic and therapeutic tools of the future: 1review the current research in the treatment of diabetes mellitus and evaluate the benefits and limitations of their application: 1evaluate the benefits and limitations of current research in the fast-growing field of personalized medicine and the development of new diagnostic tests, to optimise treatment for individual patients: 1review the current research in fast-moving field of vaccinology and evaluate their importance and limitations as therapeutic tools: 1communicate information and ideas to specialist and non-specialist audiences: 1manage their own learning and make use of primary sources: 1evaluate and compare current developments in stem cell research in the prevention of musculoskeletal disorders and neurodegenerative diseases and evaluate the advantages and disadvantages associated with this technology: 1
12x 1 hour tutorials/workshops/seminars8x 4 hours engagement with asynchronous content4x 10 hours completion of portfolio assignments66 hours independent study
1: Portfolio weighted 100%
Description of Module Assessment
Research PortfolioThis portfolio consists of 4 separate assignments based on topics taught across the module. Each assignment should be no more than 750 words, and each will carry equal weighting.
Each topic taught across the module will present students with a single research paper relevant to that topic that could be used as the basis of these assignments. Each of the 4 assignments will then ask students to choose 1 from 2 of these research papers as the basis of their work.
The first assignment will be a newspaper article designed to test the student┐s ability to concisely summarise complex scientific findings to a lay audience.
The second assignment will be an analytical evaluation designed to test the student┐s ability to critique the methodological approach, choice of statistical analysis and results presentation.
The third assignment will be an impact evaluation designed to test the student┐s ability to critically discuss the potential impact of a paper, including situating main findings in the wider literature and proposing new avenues of research.
Finally, in the fourth assignment, students can choose to write either another newspaper article, analytical evaluation or impact evaluation.