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2022/23 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

MEDI1204 Individuals and Populations

Module manager: Andrew Hill

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2022/23

Pre-requisite qualifications

Compulsory strand of MBChB programme- all students study Individuals & Populations on entry to the programme.


MEDI1213Research, Evaluation and Special Studies 1
MEDI1214Innovation, Development, Enterprise, Leadership and Safety 1
MEDI1215Campus to Clinic 1
MEDI1216Introduction to Medical Sciences
MEDI1218RESS 1 Special Studies Project
MEDI1220Body Systems

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

Individuals and populations spans two years of the course to provide an understanding about health and illness within and across populations. It has a focus on human experience and behaviour in health and illness, and the ways in which people and societies organise themselves to deal with the consequences of illness. It aims to provide a broadening view of health and illness, including mental health: from individual and social views, acknowledging the structural features of society, to a public health perspective.


By the end of Year 1 students will be able to:
- show a basic knowledge of human psychological capacities and functioning;
- give examples of how psychological and sociological principles are used to understand medical problems;
- describe how social background and social structure influence health and illness in a community;
- relate aspects of patient's experiences to core course concepts;
- demonstrate maturity and sensitivity in presentations of the impact that illness has on people's lives.

Learning outcomes
By the end of the unit students will have basic knowledge of:
- human psychological capacities and functioning;
- how social background and social structure influence health and illness;
- how patient experience may be viewed within a wider theoretical context.

Skills outcomes
To equip students to demonstrate maturity and sensitivity in presentations of the impact that illness has on people's lives.


- Understanding psychological concepts: Human development - including attachment, gender, cognition, language, and parenting; perception; consciousness; sleep; memory; associative learning; stress and coping; understanding pain; self and social cognition; and social behaviour. Concurrent project work will be on HIV. This encompasses individual, community and public health issues, and includes health promotion.

- Psychological and social sciences in health and illness: Social inequalities and health; understanding disability; lay beliefs and lifestyles; health behaviours and treatment decisions; behaviour change; illness behaviours; doctor's behaviour and decisions; emotion and mental health; psychological disorder (with focus on mood disorder, dementia, self-harm and anxiety disorders). Concurrent project work will be on the experience of illness, quality of life and health care needs of people with a long-term condition such as a chronic illness or disability.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Group learning182.0034.00
Private study hours18.00
Total Contact hours60.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)78.00

Private study

9 x 2 hours project work

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Student progress will be monitored through attendance and contribution to sessions and through completion of the assessment for learning tasks which provide formative feedback throughout the course. Assessment for learning includes 2 presentations and 2 written reports from project work carried out in the small group sessions.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
ProjectProject report - Non-graded pass0.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)0.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Exam with advance information on questions3 hr 00 mins0.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)0.00

Graded pass required. Assessment for learning: HIV group work project presentation (tutor and peer feedback). HIV project extension written report hand-in (tutor feedback). Long term condition placement presentation (tutor and peer feedback). In-course progression assessment: Long term condition placement written report hand-in (tutor marked).

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 29/04/2022 15:42:38


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