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MSc Clinical Rheumatology & Musculoskeletal Medicine

Year of entry: 2021

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Course unit details:
Basic Science

Unit code BIOL63211
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


To facilitate the student in developing an understanding of joint structure and function in health an disease


To facilitate the student in developing an understanding of joint structure and function in health an disease

Learning outcomes

Demonstrate an understanding of normal joint structure and function.

2. Demonstrate an understanding of the basic principles of common disease processes affecting the musculoskeletal system.

3. Competently examine a sample of synovial fluid.

4. Demonstrate an understanding of the immune system in health and in rheumatic disease.

5.Demonstrate an understanding of basic pain mechanisms.

Teaching and learning methods

Seminars/lectures/workshops and practical sessions

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Written exam 50%
Written assignment (inc essay) 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
Lectures 36
Independent study hours
Independent study 114

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Darren Plant Unit coordinator
John Bowes Unit coordinator

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