AP0546 - Endocrinology and Reproduction

What will I learn on this module?

This module provides you with the knowledge and understanding of the gross and microscopic structure, physiology, biochemical processes and metabolic disorders in relation to the endocrine organs. This will include the study of gross and developmental anatomy, physiology, microscopic anatomy and cell biology of the male and female reproductive sytems. You will learn to integrate and apply this knowledge to the cadaver in wet lab sessions and micrographs and radiological images in small group sessions. At the end of each system two to three pathological conditions will be explained through micrographs and imaging relevant to the specific organ systems. You will also cover developmental genetics, genetic screening techniques and facts about nutrition in relation to neonates, infants and the elderly. You will be able to appreciate the normal structure and functions of these organ systems and will be able to correlate pathological outcome due to abnormal changes within the respective tissue.

How will I learn on this module?

St. George’s University actively promotes technology-enhanced learning through the use of an electronic educational platform (SAKAI), TurningPoint interactive audience response software (clickers), and the ExamSoft testing platform. You will acquire knowledge and understanding through didactic lectures, small group discussions, and independent study via video presentations. Practical lab sessions involving Gross Anatomy, Ultrasound, Imaging, Simulation labs, and Standardized Patient Exams are integral forms of relating acquired basic science knowledge into a clinical scenario. You will participate in weekly interactive multiple choice question (iMCQ) sessions involving the presentation of higher-order questions relevant to medical licensing exams. These sessions allow for peer discussion and faculty-guided review enabling you to improve critical thinking and test-taking skills. Formative assessment is provided through non-credit question and answer sets, practice quizzes hosted on the electronic educational platform, weekly iMCQ sessions and via in-class clicker questions during each lecture. Professionalism and skills proficiency will be formatively assessed through small-group activities (e.g. small-group discussions and labs). Summative assessment will be provided in the form of a midterm and final examination consisting entirely of multiple choice questions delivered on ExamSoft. All relevant information including the module syllabus, timetable, course and lecture documents, reading lists, faculty contact details and assessment details will be posted on SAKAI.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Faculty provides support during office hours and via email to clarify concepts and/or direct you to relevant resources. All teaching and assessment material, including web-based practice problems and quizzes, case reports and other supportive material, will be posted on the electronic course management site (SAKAI). Junior Clinical Faculty members provide guidance and learning support to you with case discussions, worksheets, imaging and clinical practical skills within small group and practical lab sessions. You will also be assigned faculty advisors to provide academic and personal support.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
1. Describe the gross and microscopic anatomy of the endocrine organs, male and female reproductive systems.
2. Explain the normal physiological and biochemical processes within the endocrine organs and correlate endocrine disorders
3. Explain the physiology of male and female reproductive systems and the significance of developmental genetics, genetic screening techniques and facts about nutrition in relation to neonates, infants and elderly.
4. Identify gross anatomical structures on cadaveric specimens and microscopic structures of basic tissues, organ and organ systems on micrographs and images and correlate with pathological changes.
5. Apply the knowledge and demonstrate physical examination techniques and ultrasound guided studies on standardized patients.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
6. Develop effective communication and professional conduct during discussion of relevant clinical cases and labs

How will I be assessed?

Formative assessment will be in the form of in-class quizzes and clicker questions (interactive MCQ sessions) (MLO 6).

Summative assessment
1. Assessments in small groups (MLO 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
2. Weekly graded online quizzes and iMCQ sessions (MLO 1, 2, 3, 4)
3. Final MCQ Exam (MLO 1, 2, 3, 4)


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Module abstract

This module provides you with a comprehensive overview of the intricacies involved in the normal structure and function of these systems and clinical outcome when altered. The concept of developmental genetics and genetic screening methods are introduced in addition to the role of nutrition in all age groups. This module facilitates the development of your professional competencies, including clinical reasoning, components of practical clinical skills, basic interpretation of modern imaging techniques, and communication and interpersonal skills, through small group practical sessions and interactive settings. The concepts learned in this module will provide you with the fundamental knowledge required for the start of the student’s second year of medical school as well as board exams and core clinical clerkships.

Course info

Credits 18

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 4 Year Programme

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start August or January

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Full time Courses starting in 2023 are primarily delivered via on-campus face to face learning but may include elements of online learning. We continue to monitor government and local authority guidance in relation to Covid-19 and we are ready and able to flex accordingly to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff.

Contact time is subject to increase or decrease in line with additional restrictions imposed by the government or the University in the interest of maintaining the health and safety and wellbeing of students, staff, and visitors, potentially to a full online offer, should further restrictions be deemed necessary in future. Our online activity will be delivered through Blackboard Ultra, enabling collaboration, connection and engagement with materials and people.


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