CHS8009 : Molecular Pathology in Stratified Healthcare (E-learning)

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 adult cancer

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion320:0060:00Student research to further apply course content to assessments
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading106:0060:00Online content and library materials
Guided Independent StudySkills practice14:004:00Application of knowledge in practice presentation
Guided Independent StudyReflective learning activity102:0020:00Reflective webjournal
Guided Independent StudyStudent-led group activity41:004:00Peer review via discussion board
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study103:0030:00Supplemental reading
Guided Independent StudyOnline Discussion112:0022:00Discussion board and Adobe Connect sessions
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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay2M351500 words essay on the application of different molecular pathology techniques
Case study2M351500 words - using case studies students will synthesise a course of action as a solution for the stratification of healthcare
Oral Examination2M30Presentation via ReCap with teleconference questions - 15 minutes
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Computer assessment2MThere 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

Reading Lists