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MSc Clinical Rheumatology & Musculoskeletal Medicine

Year of entry: 2020

Course unit details:
Connective Tissue Disorders & Vasculitis (33RH)

Unit code BIOL60511
Credit rating 15
Unit level FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree
Teaching period(s) Semester 1
Offered by School of Biological Sciences
Available as a free choice unit? No

Overview

To facilitate students in developing understanding and knowledge of the pathology, clinical features and management of the different connective tissue diseases and vasculitides

Aims

To facilitate students in developing understanding and knowledge of the pathology, clinical features and management of the different connective tissue diseases and vasculitides, and the necessary skills to diagnose and manage patients with these diseases.

Learning outcomes

A- Knowledge and Understanding

By the end of the module, the student will be able to

A1.  Demonstrate an understanding of factors important in the aetiology and pathogenesis of connective tissue disease and vasculitis.

A2.  Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of defining and classifying connective tissue disease and vasculitis.

A3.  Demonstrate an understanding of the pathology and clinical features of connective tissue disease and vasculitis, including an understanding of the clinical and biochemical results of these processes and their implications for diagnosis, morbidity and mortality.

A4. Demonstrate and understanding of the principles underlying management of connective tissue disease and vasculitis.

B- Intellectual Skills

B1. Evaluate clinical aspects of connective tissue disease and vasculitis in the relation to published research

C- Practical Skills

C1- Perform a competent clinical assessment of patients with major connective tissue diseases and vasculitides

C2- Formulate a reasonable differential diagnosis and management plan

D- Transferrable skills

D1. Give oral presentations to peer and specialist audiences

D2. Demonstrate good communication skills

Teaching and learning methods

Seminars/lectures, interactive teaching sessions, self directed learning and student-led case presentation

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Written exam 50%
Practical skills assessment 50%

Feedback methods

Feedback is an essential aspect of how the unit is organised and is a two way process.

Students' progress during this course unit is monitored by the module co-ordinator, and in the case of project work, by the project supervisor. Issues of concern relating to progress are discussed with the Programme Director and with other members of the academic staff as appropriate.

Students will be asked to complete a feedback questionnaire on this course unit, the aim of which is to provide feedback for the module co-ordinators. This feedback is taken into account when preparing the following year's programme. In addition, students are also asked by the University to complete a unit evaluation questionnaire.

Students are informed of their examination results in writing or by e-mail in accordance with the University's central Feedback policy. Students have the opportunity to discuss their examination results with the co-ordinator of this course unit.

A student representative is appointed at the beginning of the programme each year. One of their roles is to ensure that the views of students are relayed to the teachers and organisers of the programme. He/she will attend the meetings of the Programme Teaching Committee which take place every two months. The student representative also meets with the co-ordinator of each module at the beginning and end of each module to discuss student related issues

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Seminars 36
Independent study hours
Independent study 114

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Sahena Haque Unit coordinator

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