Module code: PASM004

Module provider

School of Health Sciences

Module Leader

HODGES A Mrs (Health Sci.)

Number of Credits


ECT Credits



FHEQ Level 7

JACs code


Module cap (Maximum number of students)


Module Availability

Year long

Overall student workload

Lecture Hours: 400

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting

Alternative Assessment


Prerequisites / Co-requisites

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
Describe the functional anatomy and physiology of the nervous, ENT and visual systems, and the skin, and the pathophysiology and risk factors of common conditions affecting these systems. K
Outline the physiology and mechanisms of stroke (CVA). K
Show how lesions in different parts of the brain can relate to different losses of function in CVA. C
Describe how normal cells become cancerous on a molecular and cellular basis, the epidemiology and risk factors for the common cancers in the UK (breast, bowel, K
Prostate, skin, liver) and how they are screened for, diagnosed and managed.
Describe the principles of epidemiology as applied to diabetes, carcinomas of the colon and breast, and cerebro-vascular disease, and the evidence base behind population screening for some of these conditions. K
Demonstrate basic ability to use clinical information to put together a likely differential diagnosis. This will be primarily in the ‘virtual cases' but increasingly with real patients seen in Primary Care. C
Describe how to perform intimate examinations sensitively – in particular the per rectum, breast and per vaginal examination, including explanation, informed consent and use of a chaperone. K
Demonstrate in simulation how to discuss intimate and personal medical details in a professional manner with patients, showing empathy and concern and ability to listen P
Describe common imaging techniques and their appropriate use in diagnosing disease. K
Describe and demonstrate ability to take a patient-centred, focussed mental health history from a patient, including use of a depression screening tool such as the HAD (Hospital Anxiety and Depression) scale. P
Demonstrate ability to take a patient-centred focussed history from patients with multiple problems, summarise and prioritise the medical and social problems, and deal with the case in a holistic, family/ carer and community-aware manner.
Describe the principles of epidemiology as applied to mental health disorders and their risk factors K
Understand why good clinician-patient relationships foster informed patient choice and help negotiating care decisions C
Identify and understand ethical and legal issues, in particular maintaining patient confidentiality, and obtaining informed consent P
Show an understanding of the issues in the treatment of patients with mental health disorders, in particular the application of the Mental Health Act (2007). P
Identify relevant psychological and social factors, integrating these perspectives with the biomedical evidence to elucidate current problems T
Perform a focussed skin examinations, tailored to the needs of the patient. P
Describe common skin and nail infections and how they are treated. K
Demonstrate appropriate use of initial and follow- up investigations K
Communicate effectively and appropriately with patients and carers T
Discuss drugs used in common mental health, skin, ENT and eye conditions, their mechanisms of action and their side-effects/ interactions. K
Discuss the principles of palliative care, for both cancer and non-cancer related illnesses. K
Demonstrate how to perform a repeat prescription review with a patient with multi- morbidity T
Discuss how the physician-patient relationship and good communication can influence compliance with medication and lifestyle changes. T
Discuss principles promoting health and preventing disease, in particular healthy lifestyle issues such as drug and alcohol use and abuse. K
Show knowledge of the British National Formulary and how to use it when deciding how to treat the above clinical systems. K
Maintain an awareness of national and local guidelines K
Describe techniques that assess community needs in relation to how services are provided K
Discuss public health issues related to the cases studied in Module 4. K
Show ability to use reflective thinking and writing to critically evaluate own practice to identify learning/ developmental needs and identify and utilise learning opportunities C
Understand and value roles of other members of the health and social care team, with particular reference to the professional teams contributing to mental health in the community and in hospital, stroke management and rehabilitation, and Palliative Care. P
Show knowledge of other presentations from Section A1 of the matrix specification, allied to the cases in this module, and their investigation and management (Appendix 1). K
Undertake a nutritional assessment
Perform fluorescein dye examination of the cornea
Remove loose foreign bodies from under eye-lids
Undertake simple skin suturing using models
Learn how to use local anaesthetics, using models

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

Methods of Teaching / Learning

Assessment Strategy

Reading list


Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Physician Associate Studies PGDip(YEAR LONG) Year-long Core Each unit of assessment must be passed at 50% to pass the module

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.