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Module

BMS3017 : Clinical Ageing and Health

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Gill Rowlands
  • Lecturer: Dr Guy MacGowan, Dr Richard Dodds, Professor Konstantinos Stellos, Dr Christopher Morris, Dr Terry Aspray, Dr James Frith, Professor John Loughlin
  • Owning School: Biomedical, Nutritional and Sports Scien
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

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

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials181:0018:00Non-synchronous online
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion130:0030:00Critique of scientific paper - revision and preparation
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching12:002:00Seminar - PIP
Guided Independent StudyReflective learning activity140:0040:00Writing notes from and reflecting on lectures using RECAP
Guided Independent StudyReflective learning activity1110:00110:00Reading on subject using references from lecturers and other sources.
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lecture materials, 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

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1M30Critique of scientific paper (1000-1500 words)
Essay2A70Open Book Essay (1 essay from a choice of 3). Students will be required to complete the essay over a 5-7 day period.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The Open Book Essay tests the student’s knowledge and understanding of the subject. The questions are designed to allow students to demonstrate the scope of their reading and their ability to select and critically evaluate the information they have accrued during the module. The critique of a scientific paper tests the analytical skills and understanding of biomedical research methodology of the students. The content of the research papers selected for assessment will relate to the module syllabus i.e. biomedical research concerning health and disease in older people. Both assessments enable the students to demonstrate their writing skills and their ability to prioritise, organise and summarise information.

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.

Reading Lists

Timetable