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Unit information: Systems of the Body 1 in 2015/16

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Unit name Systems of the Body 1
Unit code MEDI10006
Credit points 0
Level of study C/4
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Dr. Howarth
Open unit status Not open




School/department Health Sciences Faculty Office
Faculty Faculty of Health Sciences

Description including Unit Aims

The Systems of the Body 1 Unit is subdivided into two Elements; Cardiovascular and musculoskeletal. Both elements are taught sequentially in Term 2. The course is presented using an integrated, inter-departmental, approach and its teachers are drawn from the Schools of Clinical & Comparative Anatomy, Biochemistry, Clinical Medicine, Cellular & Molecular Medicine, and Physiology & Pharmacology.

Intended Learning Outcomes

  • To accurately identify anatomical and histological structures related to the cardiovascular and musculoskeletal systems and to link structure with function.
  • To describe the normal function of the cardiovascular and musculoskeletal systems at molecular, cellular, organ, system and whole animal level.
  • To develop an understanding of how these different body systems interact in a healthy individual.
  • To describe the body's defence mechanisms relevant to the systems above.
  • To describe how different diseases may affect these systems and the scientific basis for common disease presentations.
  • To describe the use, and underlying principles, of appropriate investigations for common disease presentations within these systems.
  • To be able to outline the risk factors for common diseases of the systems above, ways of preventing disease and appropriate forms of management.
  • To provide an integrated course allowing students to learn how scientific knowledge and clinical experience are combined to support good medical practice.
  • To describe the safe and effective use of drugs in the treatment of such diseases, including an appreciation of the underlying pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, drug side effects/interactions, and non-prescribed medication. Also population effects such as the spread of antibiotic resistance.
  • Describe the role of environmental and occupational hazards in ill-health.
  • To observe, collect, analyse & interpret biomedical data in laboratory practicals, using scientific method and experimental design techniques as appropriate.
  • To understand the anatomy and physiology relevant to the physical examination.
  • To provide accurate explanations of biomedical phenomena.
  • To use knowledge of anatomy & physiology to aid interpretation of clinical investigations.
  • Calculate appropriate drug doses including correct use of units, and be aware of drug reactions and side effects.
  • Be aware of relevant anatomy in carrying out practical procedures safely and effectively.

Teaching Information

The learning opportunities in this Unit include lectures, practicals, small group sessions, simulation sessions, and eLearning.

Assessment Information

The Systems of Body 1 written exam will consist of approximately 70 single best answer multiple choice questions and contributes 80% of the total unit mark for Systems of the Body 1. The Systems of the Body 1 Anatomy & Histology spot will consist of approximately 60 single best answer multiple choice questions, based on visual data interpretation questions including anatomy, histology, imaging, laboratory tests and clinical cases, and contributes the remaining 20% of the marks.

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