Module code: BMS2046

Module provider

School of Biosciences and Medicine

Module Leader

WU C Dr (Biosc & Med)

Number of Credits


ECT Credits



FHEQ Level 5

JACs code


Module cap (Maximum number of students)


Module Availability

Semester 2

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 107

Lecture Hours: 37

Laboratory Hours: 3

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
School-timetabled exam/test IN CLASS TEST (50 MCQ) 40%
Examination FINAL EXAMINATION (100 MCQ) 50%

Alternative Assessment

Re-sit alternative for practical write-up: Satisfactory answers to the practical questions based on the methodology described in the cytopathology text book.

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

BMS1032 Introduction to Principles of Physiology and Practice Skills

Module overview

This module addresses the essential need for students to understand the concepts of the pathogenesis of major human diseases and provides students with important background knowledge to understand clinical (or analytical) medicine.  The contents of this module bridge basic science with the pathology of human disease and medical science including the understanding of the principles of major organ diseases in the human body.

Module aims

To introduce students to the language of pathology and clinical medicine

To provide students with the principles of general pathology and the application of these to the systematic pathology

To give students a basic understanding of the pathogenesis, characteristics and outcome of examples of major organ diseases

To provide student the opportunity to learn basic hand-on skill and report writing useful in the clinic analytic laboratory as a basis for biomedical sciences, and other health related professions

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
Define the terms used in the description and the characteristics of disease KPT
Explain the difference between aetiology and risk factors KCPT
Describe the pathogenesis and characteristics of the major categories of disease KCPT
Show knowledge of specific organ disorders and the way in which they affect our body systems KCPT
Understand the language and show the ability to perform laboratory tasks, analyse and describe data of pathology and clinical chemistry for clinical diagnosis KCPT
Show basic knowledge of key areas of clinical medicine KCPT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

Introduction to the module, module outline and marking scheme.


General Pathology

Nomenclature and classification of diseases

Aetiology and pathogenesis of disease

Cellular injury

Cell apoptosis and cell death


Embolism and infarction

Acute inflammation and outcomes

Chronic Inflammation and outcomes

Cellular adaptation and tissue regeneration

Disorder of growth, differentiation and tumour

Mock MCQ TEST with assessmant and feedback


Practical Pathology

Clinical cytology  (pre-practical lecture)      

Cytology practical (3h/per group, total 6h for 2 groups)


Systems Pathology

Cardiovascular system and diseases

RBC, WBC and disorder

Haemostasis and disorders

Case study and discussion

Nervous system and diseases

Gastro-intestinal tract and diseases

Liver and diseases

Respiratory system and diseases

Mock MCQ test, self assessment and feedback

Kidney diseases

In-class MCQ Test


Endocrine disorder

Urinary and genital tract disorders

In-class test feedback and revision

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

Lecture (30 h): Apart from delivery of the essential information orally, slides will have colour illustrations of diseases plus audio video presentation to help students to remember and to be interested in the contents. During each lecture, students will be encouraged to interact with the lecturers i.e. ask questions and the lecturers will provide adequate answers to these questions. Students will also be given practice questions to answer to aid preparation for the tests. 

In class case study, group discussion and mock tests (6h) to provide intellectual stimulation to the students and to help students in understanding the lecture content.

Guided study (70h): 1) Virtual learning (50 h): Materials will be provided in SurreyLearn module website including module information, lecture notes, illustrations, and study guidance. 2) Hard copies and booklet: Students will be given a printed booklet including the principle of cytology, practical guidance, detailed protocols and questionnaires. 3) Library provides recommended textbooks.

Practical (3h) Laboratory work consists two parts:

Observation and description of pre-stained cervical samples prepared using liquid-based cytology, by light microscopy.
The preparation and staining of buccal cavity smears performed by students themselves and followed by observation and description of their own cells using light microscopy.

Independent studies: (37 h)

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate how well they have performed in this module. There are mock tests for students to be familiar with the assessment. There are two low weight course work assessments and the final examine.


Formative assessment for this module consists of:


Two in class mock tests with feedback (4h). These tests aim to help students to summarize learning up to that point (after 10-15 lectures) and their progress. The feedback will be provided immediately and students will know how well they have performed in the module.


Quiz and questions: at the end of some lectures.


Pre-practical questionnaires: These will be provided in the practical booklet given to the students a week before the practical. Students can use SurreyLearn to help with the answers.


Summative assessment and feedback


In class midterm test: This includes 50 MCQs for 50 min. covering the contents of the first 12  lectures delivered 3 weeks before the test.


Practical written-up course work. This is based on the results of the practical and the course work is required to hand-in one week after the practical.


Final examination:  This includes 100 MCQs to be completed in 2 h.




Each mock test will be given feedback immediately in the class.


The written up course work will be marked and individual feedback will be provided in the course work booklet.


At the end of the module, there will be two hours of feedback and tutorial session.

Reading list


Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2017/8 academic year.