CHS8005 : Allergy (E-learning)

Semester 2 Credit Value: 5
Semester 3 Credit Value: 15
ECTS Credits: 10.0


The aim of this module is to provide the learner with a comprehensive overview of up-to-date clinical practice parameters and recent advances in allergy research. Clinical management will be grounded in the scientific basis of the allergic disease spectrum so that students may develop greater insight into how science translates into best clinical care. Learners will gain a detailed understanding of the allergic spectrum, including clinical assessment, diagnostic adjuncts, established and novel therapeutic strategies.

Outline Of Syllabus

Topics covered will include:
Basic immunology for clinical allergy practice
Approach to clinical evaluation of the allergic patient, including diagnostic techniques
Allergic skin disease- eczema, urticarial and angioedema
Drug allergy
Food allergy '1' (lgE mediated disease)
Food allergy '2' (GI and non lgE mediated disease)

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion320:0060:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading105:0050:00Online Content
Guided Independent StudySkills practice12:002:00Use of software
Guided Independent StudyReflective learning activity102:0020:00eJournal / Reflective blog
Guided Independent StudyStudent-led group activity61:006:00Collaborative online group work including use of wikis
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study104:0040:00Supplemental reading
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesScheduled on-line contact time21:002:00Synchronous online webinar
Guided Independent StudyOnline Discussion102:0020:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

This module will support, and enhance clinical care, through use of clinical cases in the module core learning activities.

Through a collection of different online resources, (such as case studies, videos and recorded PowerPoint presentations) as well as private study (including directed reading, and literature sourcing of information), students will gain detailed knowledge and understanding of the allergic disease spectrum.

Learners will be encouraged to develop their understanding of clinical encounters through the use of reflective journal postings, shared only with the module leader.

Students will be encouraged to participate in collaborative learning activities. Interactive on-line activities will help to consolidate their understanding of the curriculum.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Computer assessment3M40Online review of case study maximum 1500 words
Essay3M40Written essay on a topical issue from the course 2000 words maximum
Oral Examination3M20Recorded presentation of clinical case - 10 minutes
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The recorded presentation will assess students’ ability to present a case from their clinical experience and demonstrate their reflective practice. It will demonstrate students’ ability to learn from their experience, drawing on the learning in the module to adapt their clinical practice in line with current evidence.

The case study will require students to integrate clinical allergy presentation with the scientific and theoretical background to disease. It will demonstrate the students' deeper understanding of allergic disease mechanisms and new developments and how these can translate to improved clinical care of day-day affected patients. This assessment is held online and is time limited with forced completion once the test is initiated.

The written essay will assess students' ability to apply their learning and new knowledge in the critique of a topical allergy paper. The paper chosen will relate to current issues within the allergy field.

Reading Lists