Postgraduate

Modules

Modules

MMB8041 : Biology, Assessment & Maintenance of Skeletal Health (E-Learning)

Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0

Aims

The aim of this module is provide students with:

The knowledge to become familiar with the basic anatomy of joint and bone and with the process of bone formation and resorption. This will constitute the basis on which they will build more specialised and cutting edge knowledge on control of bone and joint homeostasis or loss of it with age. They will use this knowledge to be able to propose the correct experimental procedures to assess skeletal health and to critically evaluate interventions to prevent or delay skeletal ageing.


Available only to students registered on 4838F MRes Musculoskeletal Ageing (CIMA)

Outline Of Syllabus

The module will cover the basic anatomy of joint and bone and the process of bone formation and resorption. More specialised and cuting-adge knowledge on bone and joint homeostasis and the impact on these processes of ageing will then be covered, and students will propose experimental procedures to assess skeletal health and critically evaluate interventions to prevent or delay skeletal ageing.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study741:0074:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesScheduled on-line contact time21:002:00Tutorials delivered through group discussion held virtually.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesScheduled on-line contact time241:0024:00E lectures
Total100:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Most of the module will be delivered by lectures by e-learning and will cover the six topics in section 14.2. Each lecture will contain questions for formative assessment and references for independent study. Two tutorials on hot topics will be delivered through group discussion held virtually and it will consist in examining two or more controversial recent papers and developing a critical appraisal of the topic this will enable part two of the learning outcomes to be achieved.

Assessment Methods

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

Exams
Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination901M5010 short answer questions
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1M25N/A
Essay1M25N/A
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The SAQ exam will assess a) knowledge of bone and joint structure, function and changes occurring with age; b)ability to put knowledge to work by being able to design experiments to test an hypothesis, interpret experimental results. Two short essays will assess the ability of critically appraisal, areas of controversy in the field, experimental methods and interventions.

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