This unit covers aspects of immunology, cancer biology, reproductive health, infectious diseases and medical genetics. You will have the opportunity to expand your knowledge of the pathology and aetiology of these areas by investigating the philosophical concepts of biological systems in states of dysfunction. On completion of the unit you will be expected to demonstrate an appreciation of the interrelations of the pathological sciences and how, for example, a genetic predisposition can increase an individuals risk of susceptibility to a specific cancer or immune disorder.
On successful completion of this unit students will be able to:
1. Explain the complex nature of selected disorders;
2. Critically appraise current diagnostic, severity staging and treatment strategies;
3. Discuss the interrelationship between aspects of biomedical science in the disease process;
4. Provide a synthesis and explanation of the mechanisms responsible for disease and disorders in the human body;
5. Investigate, analyse and evaluate laboratory/clinical aspects of a disease/disorder with an independent and critical approach to health care science.
Term 1 and 2 (3 weeks attendance plus study and assessment time)
2.2 honours degree or international equivalent in biological or biomedical science
Coursework (50%): 4000 word case study and oral presentation; Exam (50%): Two hour duration