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Programme and Module Handbook

Undergraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2017-2018 (archived)


Department: Biosciences


Type Tied Level 2 Credits 20 Availability Available in 2017/18 Module Cap Location Durham
Tied to B940; B941; B942.


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Excluded Combination of Modules

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  • To provide a comprehensive overview of major cellular pathology techniques and to explore their applications.
  • To explore major homeostatic mechanisms of cells/tissues and establish their responses to intrinsic and extrinsic changes.
  • To describe the pathological mechanisms and consequences of selected diseases at the subcellular, cellular and tissue level.


  • Pathology.
  • Cell injury and death.
  • Neoplasia.
  • Inflammatory diseases.
  • Disease of specific tissues, such as cardiovascular system and liver, musculoskeletal system, bone and connective tissue, kidney, gastrointestinal system.
  • Tissue Repair.

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • Knowledge of both traditional and modern methods of cellular pathology.
  • Knowledge of a range of diseases affecting different human tissues.
  • Knowledge of molecular bases of mechanisms governing cellular functioning and tissue homeostasis.
  • Knowledge of how human cells and tissues respond to their environment.
Subject-specific Skills:
  • Practical skills in cell pathology methodologies.
  • Practical skills in microscopic examination of tissues.
  • Practical skills in histochemistry.
  • Practical skills in cytogenetics.
Key Skills:
  • Numeracy, in data analysis, and calculations involved in data handling.
  • Communication skills, using the written word and graphics, involved in human physiology practical reports.
  • Team work, working in small groups in human physiology practical classes.
  • Self-motivation, in self-guided learning.

Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to the learning outcomes of the module

  • Lectures deliver subject-specific knowledge.
  • Workshops reinforce subject-specific knowledge and understanding gained from lectures and the development of key and subject-specific skills.
  • Practical classes allow students to utilise subject-specific knowledge gained from lectures, and support the development of key and subject-specific skills.
  • Tutorials give enhancement of the student learning experience, supporting attainment of all learning outcomes.
  • Self-guided learning contributes to subject-specific knowledge and self-motivation.
  • Practical reports are based on subject-specific knowledge and demonstrate subject-specific skills in carrying out experimental work and data analysis, as well as key skills.
  • Problem Exercises (Data Handling) demonstrate subject-specific skills in data handling and key skills in numeracy.
  • Unseen examinations demonstrate achievement of the appropriate level of subject-specific knowledge with an emphasis on understanding and communication (essay and problem-based questions) or recall of factual knowledge (multiple choice or short answer question tests).

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Lectures 35 Weekly 2 hrs p/w 35
Practicals 3 1-2 per term 4 hours 12
Workshops 2 1 per term 1-3 hours 4
Tutorials 2 1 per term 1 hour 2
Preparation and Reading 147
Total 200

Summative Assessment

Component: Examination Component Weighting: 60%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Unseen formal examination 2 hours 30 minutes 100% Yes - exam resit
Component: Continuous Assessment Component Weighting: 40%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Poster 50% No
Analytical exercise 50% No

Formative Assessment:

Regular formative assessments including data analysis, interpretation and problem solving throughout the module; 4 assessments over 2 terms.

Attendance at all activities marked with this symbol will be monitored. Students who fail to attend these activities, or to complete the summative or formative assessment specified above, will be subject to the procedures defined in the University's General Regulation V, and may be required to leave the University