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BMS3017 : Clinical Ageing and Health

  • Offered for Year: 2023/24
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Gill Rowlands
  • Co-Module Leader: Dr Eugene Tang
  • Lecturer: Dr Guy MacGowan, Dr Simon Tual-Chalot, Professor John Loughlin, Dr Christopher Morris
  • Owning School: Biomedical, Nutritional and Sports Scien
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


This module aims to link the pathophysiological aspects of ageing to holistic clinical assessment of older people by using a clinical focus, comprising three pathophysiological themes linked by a cross-cutting theme of holisitic care. The module will draw upon the rich tradition of ageing research at Newcastle University, using input from research scientists and clinicians who work in the NHS.

Outline Of Syllabus

The module content includes three pathophysiological themes which relate to ageing, for example old age psychiatry, musculo-skeletal disease, and cardiovascular disease. The pathophysiological themes are linked by a cross-cutting theme covering the holistic care of older people.

Together the themes will consider:

•       Key pathophysiological changes associated with ageing
•       Epidemiology of diseases affecting older people
•       Disease prevention strategies during the life-course
•       Clinical presentations of conditions affecting older people
•       Clinical assessment of older people including history taking and examination
•       The role of clinical investigation such as imaging
•       The role of the multidisciplinary team in caring for older people
•       Organisation of health services for older people
•       The importance of quality of life in older age

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion130:0030:00Preparation for timed essay
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture181:0018:00In person
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching12:002:00Seminar - in person
Guided Independent StudyReflective learning activity1110:00110:00Reading on subject using references from lecturers and other sources.
Guided Independent StudyReflective learning activity140:0040:00Writing notes from and reflecting on lectures using RECAP
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures, access to RECAP and suggested reading introduce the majority of the knowledge base. Module themes allow some continuity of topic and teaching whilst exposing the student to the different teaching styles of the lecturers involved. Students are expected to supplement learning in lectures with additional critical reading of clinical sources, health services documents and relevant research papers.

The interactive seminar will allow a more in-depth discussion of holistic clinical assessment of older people and the relevance of quality of life.

Students are encouraged to interact with lecturers by asking questions using an online discussion thread which will run for two working days after the lecture release date. One lecture is reserved for review of previous topics and further questions.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1202A70Invigilated exam 2 out of 4 essays
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1M30Paper interpretation exercise, maximum 1000 words. Recommended completion time 2 hours. Given 8 hours to submit online.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The written examination test the students' knowledge and understanding of the subject.

The timed essay enables the student to demonstrate their writing skills and their ability to prepare and organise. It also requires the students to be critical and to demonstrate reading in the subject area. Feedback on the timed essay will help improve their writing skills for the final exams. The invigilated essay will develop skills to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the subject under invigilated conditions.

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.

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