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Module

MMB8035 : Diabetes

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Mark Walker
  • Lecturer: Professor James Shaw, Dr Daniel West, Dr Nicola Leech, Professor Quentin Anstee, Professor Loranne Agius, Dr Jolanta Weaver, Prof. Sally Marshall, Dr Catherine Arden, Prof. Philip Home, Dr Djordje Jakovljevic, Professor Roy Taylor, Dr Linda Penn
  • Owning School: FMS Graduate School
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

The module aims to provide an introduction to clinical aspects of diabetes mellitus and its complications, based on an understanding of the underlying basic metabolic control processes, and to build knowledge and understanding of diabetes care and research, including an increased awareness of the clinical research tools available for the study of the disease and its complications.

Outline Of Syllabus

The taught component of the module is delivered through lecture materials, in person seminars and research focused presentations. The topics covered include: the genetics of diabetes; genetic epidemiology and epigenetics; glucose and lipid metabolism in the fed an fasted state and their perturbation in diabetes insulin signalling and metabolic regulation; biochemical mechanisms of insulin secretion; insulin resistance; assessment of beta cell function; assessment of physical activity and fitness; prevention of type 2 diabetes at the population and individual level; prediction of type 1 diabetes and treatment by immunotherapeutic intervention; transplantation and regenerative medicine approaches for diabetes; factors contributing to the development of complications in diabetes; vascular studies in diabetes; liver disease in diabetes; designing, monitoring and conducting clinical trials; magnetic resonance imaging as a research tool; the use of technology in diabetes care.

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 materials81:008:00Non-synchronous online
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion140:0040:00Preparation of short 1000 word essay
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion147:0047:00Preparing presentation for assessment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical21:303:00Present in person: Practical Sessions in CRF and PhD research presentations
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching101:0010:00Synchronous online
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching13:003:00Present in person: Oral assessment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching41:004:00Present in person: Seminars in small groups
Guided Independent StudyReflective learning activity130:0030:00Additional reading and reflective learning
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study155:0055:00Preparing notes from lectures and additional reading
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The interactive small group teaching and lecture materials will provide the students with current specialist knowledge on which to build in independent learning. The seminars will encourage students to reflect and question individually and in groups providing a basis for critical appraisal, innovative thinking about diabetes and study design. The practical sessions will provide opportunity to observe and discuss specific clinical research methodologies and to interpret data. All of these activities relate directly to the learning outcomes above.

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
Written exercise1M401000 word report based on design of a clinical study to assess novel agent in diabetes
Prof skill assessmnt1M60Presentation with 10 minutes & 5 for questions on a current paper in diabetes research
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The oral presentation based on appraisal of scientific literature tests application of knowledge, understanding and ability to critically assess and interpret scientific work. The written task involving design of a clinical trial for a novel therapeutic agent assesses innovative thinking and understanding of the important features of clinical drug trials. These activities will also assess generic skills of written and oral communication and presentation.

Reading Lists

Timetable