Introduction to Medical Science

Module summary

Module code: OMED0072
Level: 4
Credits: 15
School: Engineering and Science
Department: Science
Module Coordinator(s): Laura Pellatt



To provide a background in the specialised terminology used in medical disciplines
To introduce the principles of disease and diagnosis of disease
To introduce key concepts in pathobiology; inflammation, cell injury and cell death
To provide an introduction to the biological basis of key diseases, using named examples

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module a student will be able to:
1. demonstrate a familiarity with common medical terms and their derivation
2. describe the characteristic features of a disease, including cell injury, adaptation, and death
3. identify the key features of acute and chronic inflammation
4. describe the mechanisms of tissue renewal, repair and regeneration
5. explain the pathobiological nature of a variety of diseases, drawing upon key examples
6. Skills Outcome:
• An ability to analyse, synthesise and summarise information
• Effective written communication (including citing and referencing work in an appropriate manner)
• An ability to receive and respond to a verbal and textual information
• An ability to solve problems by a variety of methods including the use of computers
• Begin to use the internet and other electronic sources critically as a means of communication and a source of information.
• Develop the skills necessary for self-managed and lifelong learning (eg working independently, time management and organisation skills);
• Identify and work towards targets for personal, academic and career development
• Develop an adaptable, flexible, and effective approach to study and work

Indicative content

Medical terminology; causes and diagnosis of disease; diagnostic indicators of disease; cellular responses to injury, adaptation and death; Apoptosis and necrosis, acute and chronic inflammation; tissue renewal, repair and regeneration; genetic disorders; neoplastic disease; infectious disease; nutritional diseases; neurological and neuromuscular diseases.

Teaching and learning activity

The module will be taught largely through lectures and tutorials (approximately 2:1). The underlying principles will be explained in the lectures, while the tutorials will establish the understanding of the principles.


Lab Report: 50% weighting, 40% pass mark. Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3.

Report: 50% weighting, 40% pass mark. Learning Outcomes: All.

Formative Assessment: • In-class and/or online questions provided weekly • In-class and/or online case studies provided at the end of specific topics • Comprehensive revision questions and MCQs for exam preparation