Faculty of Medical Sciences Online Learning


Molecular Pathology in Stratified Healthcare (E-learning)

  • Offered for Year: 2016/17
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Julie Irving
  • Lecturer: Prof. Andy Hall
  • Teaching Location: Off Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 5
Semester 2 Credit Value: 15
ECTS Credits: 10.0


1 To develop students’ baseline knowledge of molecular pathology
2 To present details of the molecular pathology techniques and biomarkers relevant to stratification in healthcare 
3 To inform students of the role of molecular pathology in the stratified healthcare in cancer and other disease
4 To provide a critical platform to judge the validity of tests and the efficacy of subsequent case management when using molecular pathology in stratified healthcare

Outline Of Syllabus

The module will cover:
1. The health economics and ethical considerations of the use of molecular pathology in stratified healthcare
2. Molecular pathology techniques relevant to stratification
3. Molecular pathological biomarkers 
4. Molecular pathology of stratified healthcare in childhood cancer 
5. Molecular pathology of stratified healthcare in inflammatory bowel disease
6. Molecular pathology of stratified healthcare in liver disease
7. Molecular pathology in stratified healthcare in dermatology
8. Molecular pathology in stratified healthcare in arthritis
9. Molecular pathology in stratified healthcare in mitochondrial disease

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
CategoryActivityNumberLengthStudent HoursComment
Guided Independent Study Assessment preparation and completion 3 20:00 60:00 Student research to further apply course content to assessments
Guided Independent Study Directed research and reading 10 6:00 60:00 Online content and library materials
Guided Independent Study Skills practice 1 4:00 4:00 Application of knowledge in practice presentation
Guided Independent Study Reflective learning activity 10 2:00 20:00 Reflective webjournal
Guided Independent Study Student-led group activity 4 1:00 4:00 Peer review via discussion board
Guided Independent Study Independent study 10 3:00 30:00 Supplemental reading
Guided Independent Study Online Discussion 11 2:00 22:00 Discussion board and Adobe Connect sessions
Total       200:00  
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The module will be delivered by e-learning via Blackboard VLE. The curriculum will be delivered through a series of guided learning opportunities including e-based text, journal articles, videos and discussion boards. Students will be asked to prepare paperwork for formative and summative assessment and will submit their work for assessment via Blackboard VLE. The work for summative assessment will use the knowledge acquired, their individual feedback, notes and other sources. After submission, feedback will be given to the students electronically. The course material will provide students with current specialist knowledge from experts in the field of molecular pathology.
Critical appraisal, data interpretation and other scientific communication skills will be practised in on-line individual activities. Discussion board interaction and personal webjournals will encourage the students to reflect on their learning. All these activities relate directly to the learning outcomes above.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

DescriptionLengthSemesterWhen SetPercentageComment
Oral Presentation 15 2 M 30 Presentation via ReCap with teleconference questions
Other Assessment
DescriptionSemesterWhen SetPercentageComment
Essay 2 M 35 1500 words essay on the application of different molecular pathology techniques
Case study 2 M 35 1500 words - using case studies students will synthesise a course of action as a solution for the stratification of healthcare
Formative Assessments
DescriptionSemesterWhen SetComment
Computer assessment 2 M There will be self-assessment activities in each learning unit
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The essay and the written exercise tests ability to discuss molecular pathology critically as well as application of knowledge and understanding.
The presentation tests their knowledge and critical appraisal skills as well as presentation abilities.
The self-assessment activities allow students to monitor their understanding against the learning 

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