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Module

BMS3023 : Epidemiology

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Richard McNally
  • Demonstrator: Mrs Nermine Basta, Dr Thomas Chadwick, Professor Fiona Matthews, Dr Louise Hayes
  • Lecturer: Dr Svetlana Cherlin, Dr Mark Booth, Professor Mark Pearce, Professor Linda Sharp
  • Owning School: Biomedical, Nutritional and Sports Scien
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

The aim of the module is to provide a broad based introduction to the study of epidemiology and to illustrate the underpinning methodologies with selected examples focussed on specific diseases and public health issues. The selection of these particular examples includes some areas of epidemiology in which Newcastle University has a very active research community.

• To provide an understanding of the purpose and use of epidemiology illustrated by using specific
examples

• To provide an understanding of the different types of epidemiological study design and to
illustrate this with specific examples

• To provide an understanding of the limitations of epidemiological studies and to illustrate
with specific examples

• To provide an understanding of the epidemiology and aetiology of specific diseases

The module is designed to provide a basic understanding of epidemiological methods with real examples drawn from a range of infectious and chronic diseases.

Outline Of Syllabus

Study design
Bias and Confounding
Health Information
Ethics, confidentiality, governance
Exposure
Genetic epidemiology
Molecular epidemiology
Life course epidemiology
Perinatal epidemiology
Chronic disease epidemiology (cancer, diabetes/obesity, old age)
Infections
Health inequalities
Exercise epidemiology

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
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion140:0040:00The assessment preparation and revision for the assessments
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching71:007:00Synchronous online
Guided Independent StudyReflective learning activity140:0040:00Writing and reflection on lecture materials. Non-synchronous online
Guided Independent StudyReflective learning activity193:0093:00Reading and updating on subject using references from lecturers, RECAP and other sources
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk201:0020:00Teaching material delivered synchronously online
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Synchronous online teaching material will provide the majority of the knowledge base. Most will integrate information researchers have gathered from epidemiological studies and other relevant sources. Students will have an opportunity to consider and discuss real research topics and disease examples in the seminars. The lecture materials should stimulate the students to reflect and do further reading and the seminars are aimed to stimulate the students to reflect and critically consider research findings and their relation to the understanding of the epidemiology and aetiology of human disease.

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

Exams
Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1202A70Open Book Essay (1 essay from choice of 3). Students required to complete the essay over 5-7 day period (online remote).
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise1M30Paper Interpretation Exercise 500-1000 words max. Recommended completion time 2 hours, given 24 hours to submit online.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The open book essay provides evidence of key writing skills that allow knowledge and understanding of the topics to be demonstrated along with the ability to integrate this within the context of published material.

The paper interpretation exercise tests the understanding of research literature, discipline knowledge, data analyses, methodologies and critical appraisal abilities. Feedback from the paper interpretation exercise will also help with the students exam assessment. Paper to be provided online 7 days in advance of submission period.

Reading Lists

Timetable