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MMB8035 : Diabetes

  • Offered for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Catherine Arden
  • Lecturer: Professor James Shaw, Dr Daniel West, Miss Alison Barnes, Prof. Philip Home, Dr Guy Taylor, Professor Quentin Anstee
  • Visiting Lecturer: Dr Nicola Leech
  • Owning School: Biomedical, Nutritional and Sports Scien
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0
European Credit Transfer System


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 lectures, seminars and practical sessions. The topics covered include: the genetics of diabetes; genetic epidemiology, bioinformatics and epigenetics; glucose and lipid metabolism in the fed and fasted state and their perturbation in diabetes; biochemical mechanisms of insulin secretion; insulin resistance; exercise in diabetes; 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; liver disease in diabetes; designing, monitoring and conducting clinical trials; the use of technology in diabetes care.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture11:001:00Synchronous online lectures
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture171:0017:00Present in person (PIP): Lectures
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion155:0055:00Preparing for presentation and examination
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture22:004:00Present in person (PIP): Lectures
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching21:002:00Present in person (PIP): Group oral presentations on critical appraisal of diabetes research paper
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching41:004:00Present in person (PIP): Seminars in small groups
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching13:003:00Present in person: Oral assessment
Guided Independent StudyReflective learning activity132:0032:00Additional reading and reflective learning
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study182:0082:00Preparing notes from lectures and additional reading
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The interactive small group teaching and lectures 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. All of these activities relate directly to the learning outcomes above.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Oral Presentation1M40Present in person Individual Presentation: 10 minutes & 5 for questions on a current paper in diabetes research
Essay1M602000 word essay detailing the current state of knowledge of a particular topic relevant to the module.
Formative Assessments

Formative Assessment is an assessment which develops your skills in being assessed, allows for you to receive feedback, and prepares you for being assessed. However, it does not count to your final mark.

Description Semester When Set Comment
Oral Presentation1MPresent in person Group Presentation 10 mins plus 5 mins Q & A
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The written in-course essay will test the student's knowledge base gained through the lecture content provided in the module and will test their comprehension of additional reading and their ability to discuss the subject critically.

The summative oral presentation based on appraisal of scientific literature tests application of knowledge, understanding and ability to critically assess and interpret scientific work. These activities will also assess generic skills of written and oral communication and presentation.

The formative group presentation is run to help students understand how to critically appraise and interpret clinical research.

Reading Lists