Medicine, Nursing and Allied Health Professions


Translational Medical Science

Module titleTranslational Medical Science
Module codeCSC3019
Academic year2021/2
Module staff

Dr Daniela Souto Patinha ()

Dr Patrick Hamilton (Convenor)

Duration: Term123
Duration: Weeks



Number students taking module (anticipated)


Description - summary of the module content

Module description

This module will build on the biomedical knowledge you have obtained in the Integrated Human Physiology and Disease, and Diagnostics and Therapeutics and Principles of Medical Research (IHP, DDT & PMR) modules. Years 1 and 2 explored normal physiology and function and applied this to the mechanisms of disease. They also introduced the technologies and techniques available for the diagnosis, monitoring and treatment of disease. TMS will be centred on the critically appraisal of cutting-edge research and new developments in clinical and medical technologies. The timetabled sessions will include presentations and interactive discussions led by experts in the subject for each trigger, in combination with structured small group learning (SSGL) centred on clinical science ‘trigger’ scenarios. In addition there will be workshops to improve students' critical analysis skills.

Module aims - intentions of the module

This module enables you to practise:


  • Applying basic science to contemporary healthcare problems.


  • Evaluating current healthcare practice and its associated underpinning research evidence, to synthesise potential new healthcare solutions

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

ILO: Module-specific skills

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

  • 1. Apply key medical science principles underpinning the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease.
  • 2. Demonstrate an awareness of key human science principles associated with human health and disease.
  • 3. Discuss the fundamental contemporary theoretical, cultural and ethical bases of basic and applied medical research practice within the UK and wider global community contexts.
  • 4. Evaluate 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...

  • 5. Demonstrate an integrated and detailed knowledge and understanding of the core biomedical science principles
  • 6. Apply skills of critical thinking, problem-formulation and problem-solving to medical science practice.

ILO: Personal and key skills

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

  • 7. Manage time, workload, ambiguity, change and stress effectively.
  • 8. Demonstrate professional competence in communicating with peers, academic staff and/or healthcare professionals.

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:

You will explore and discuss evidence-based solutions to a variety of clinical problems by identifying, critically interpreting and refining pertinent questions and appropriate technologies which may offer effective solutions to complex “grey” clinical trigger scenarios. There will be an emphasis in linking basic science to the clinical management of key illnesses/diseases and the exploration of emerging research articles that may be of potential future clinical benefit.


Indicative topic areas:


Diabetes, inherited/genetic diseases, epigenetics, respiratory disease, autoimmunity, viral triggers of disease, cancer, personalised medicine, neurology, obesity, stem cell therapies, gene therapy.

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 & Teaching 11Introductory lecture and learning (11x 1hr)
Scheduled Learning & Teaching26Student lead small group sessions (1hr intro SSGL + 10 x 1hr + 10 x 1.5hr)
Scheduled Learning & Teaching40Expert facilitated sessions (10 x 2hr)
Scheduled Learning & Teaching4Workshop sessions (2 x 2hr)
Scheduled Learning & Teaching Activities3Small group sessions with literature review provider
Guided Independent Study80Preparation for small group learning
Guided Independent Study67Researching and writing literature review
Guided Independent Study70Exam revision


Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Peer evaluated group workAcross 10 sessions1-8Feedback via peers

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
Written Review452500 words1-8Written
Contribution Element: 1) Completing short on-line quizzes 2) Creating short resources for the SSGL sessions 101) about 20-30 2) minimum of 101-2,7,8Verbal or written (on request)
Short Answer Examination453 hours1-6Written (on request)


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

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Written Review (45%)Written Review (2500 words)1-8Ref/Def period
Contribution Element: 1) Completing short on-line quizzes 2) Creating short resources for the SSGL sessions(10%)Contribution Element: 1) Completing short on-line quizzes (about 20-30) 2) Creating short resources for the SSGL sessions (min of 10)1-2,7,8Ref/Def period
Short Answer Examination (45%)Short answer examination (3 hours)1-6Ref/Def period

Re-assessment notes

Please also refer to the TQA section on general Referral/Deferral guidelines:  


Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

The recommended texts for the course are posted on ELE. Students are also expected to read and appraise critically contemporary landmark original research articles.

Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources

Resources for each two week case will available on ELE.

Module has an active ELE page

Key words search

Medical science, medical technologies, diseases, bioscience, diagnosis

Credit value30
Module ECTS


Module pre-requisites

CSC2012 Disease, Diagnostics and Therapeutics CSC2014 Principles or Medical Research 

Module co-requisites

CSC4020 Research Project 

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