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BMS3015 : Health and Illness: Professional and Societal Perspectives

  • Offered for Year: 2019/20
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Gill Rowlands
  • Lecturer: Professor Allyson Pollock, Professor Luke Vale, Dr Tracy Finch, Mr Andrew Graham, Professor Eileen Kaner, Professor Clare Bambra, Prof. Richard Thomson
  • Owning School: Biomedical, Nutritional and Sports Scien
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


1. To provide an introduction to health care organisation and practice
2. To demonstrate the ways in which health care practice and organisation is shaped by science, society and individuals.
3. To develop understanding of how health care organisations shape the practices of professionals working within them

Outline Of Syllabus

This undergraduate module, based on multi-disciplinary research expertise and teaching strengths in relation to Health Service Research and Public Health within the University, provides an introduction to health care organisation, practice and policy in the National Health Service.

The NHS and international health care systems are introduced along with the roles of health care workers and multi-agency working. Health care policy and its importance is also introduced. Finally key features of current and future trends in health care practice and delivery are identified, including impact of ageing, improving the quality and safety in health care, the health of the population and public health. The key challenges to maintaining the health of society are also discussed.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion11:001:00Assessment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture101:0010:00
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching11:001:00Tutorials
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study188:0088:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures are used to impart information in a concise manner, to highlight areas of importance and to interrelate with directed reading and self-directed study. The tutorial is used for developing skills of problem solving and information retrieval. Private study is used for self-directed learning including further reading and preparation for assessments.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Computer assessment1M40Online EMI (1hour)
Essay1M60Extended Essay (1500 words)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The Essay (1500 words in length) requires students to draw on the course material to think critically about a case study (a health care problem that has stimulated public debate) from alternative perspectives (eg. individual, societal, economical, professional), and to present a coherent argument in answering the set essay question. The test encourages students to learn the material presented, and assesses comprehension and retention of taught material.

FMS Schools offering Semester One modules available as ‘Study Abroad’ will, where required, provide an alternative assessment time for examinations that take place after the Christmas vacation. Coursework with submissions dates after the Christmas vacation will either be submitted at an earlier date or at the same time remotely.

The form of assessment will not vary from the original.

Reading Lists