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Undergraduate Medicine 2021-2022

ME33WC: OBJECT LESSONS: TEN WORKS IN CONTEXT

15 credits

Level 2

First Sub Session

This course focuses on ten art objects, mapping the wealth and diversity of art historical research: from iconic 'masterpieces' to popular imagery, votive objects and craft. Works discussed may range from the Parthenon marbles and Velazquez' 'Las Meninas' to wax penises and pub signs. 

Each case study introduces different questions and approaches for discussing art objects: a series of lessons in critical interpretation.

ME3031: MEDICINE 2

60 credits

Level 3

Full Year

ME33A2: MEDICAL HUMANITIES ALTERNATIVE PROJECT (30 CREDITS)

30 credits

Level 3

First Sub Session

Alternative projects are your ideas; this is your opportunity to identify a topic of your own choosing to study in depth that considers Medicine and Healthcare from an alternative perspective. Purely Scientific/ Medical projects will not be approved, otherwise there is no limit to the possibilities.

Where possible you should find a suitable person with appropriate expertise to supervise you and to assess your work academically. The Medical Humanities team may be able to help you find a suitable supervisor.

 

ME33AM: FINE ARTS AND MEDICINE

30 credits

Level 3

First Sub Session

This course allows you to explore visual art and its relationship to anatomy and medicine through practical artistic engagement.

The course will involve weekly practical sessions including life drawing and lecture/seminars on key artists/concepts that might influence your work. You will create an artistic portfolio and reflect on influences and feedback and document progress towards a final piece to form part of the student exhibition.

There will also be visits to support the students planning the exhibition and they will make the arrangements for this exhibition.

ME33BH: BEHAVIOUR, HEALTH & WELL-BEING

15 credits

Level 3

First Sub Session

What can people do to improve their health and well-being? In this course, students will learn key theories about behaviour and behaviour change, including behaviour change techniques, and try them out for improving their own health and well-being. We will aim to better understand the following questions:

  • What makes people healthier and happier?
  • What is the best way to measure success?
  • Is there a formula for happiness and health?
  • Why do people find it difficult to change their behavior?
  • What do we know are the most promising strategies for improving health and well-being?
  • How do friends and family influence health and well-being?
  • How can people build happier and healthier relationships?

ME33BM: BIRTH OF MODERNITY: POLITICS, CULTURE AND SCIENCE IN EUROPE 1700-1870

15 credits

Level 3

First Sub Session

This course introduces students to the crucible of the modern age. Hinging on the French and 1848 Revolutions, it explores how men and women in elite and popular communities generated new modes of living, experience and expression and how they understood and manipulated the natural world. Attention will be given to the Enlightenment, Revolution, Empire, Romanticism and Ideology with interrelated developments in politics, culture and science also being explored. Students will be introduced to the works of figures such as Newton, Kant, Hume, Herder, Marx, Darwin and Nietzsche.

ME33BS: BEGINNERS' SPANISH LANGUAGE FOR MEDICAL STUDENTS

15 credits

Level 3

First Sub Session

This course provides an intensive introduction to the Spanish language for students with little or no previous knowledge of Spanish. It concentrates on the four basic language skills: reading, writing, speaking, listening comprehension. Students attend 2 lectures and 1 grammar seminar per week and attend a further tutorial focusing on spoken Spanish. Students are also required to pursue private study and to submit regular written work

ME33CW: CREATIVE WRITING FOR MEDICAL STUDENTS

30 credits

Level 3

First Sub Session

The course is designed to offer students the opportunity to develop their creativity and practical literary skills in a highly supportive, constructive learning environment. It also introduces students to some of the key processes and challenges involved in publishing creative written work, whether poetry or prose.

The teaching process consists of regular, carefully targeted critical advice and guidance from the class tutor and peer evaluation from class members in a workshop environment. Examples of writing by both recognised authors and class members will be used to stimulate both the appreciation and practical application of the basic principles of effective creative writing.

ME33E2: ESSAY PROJECT ON THE HISTORY/CULTURE OF MEDICINE/HEALTH (15 CREDITS)

15 credits

Level 3

First Sub Session

ME33EL: E-LEARNING DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT

30 credits

Level 3

First Sub Session

ME33ES: MEDICINE AND ECONOMICS

15 credits

Level 3

First Sub Session

Resources available for the provision and payment for health care are limited.

However, knowledge of economics helps ensure that available resources are used in the most effective and efficient way possible. Economics allows more informed decision making about a variety of issues: choosing between alternative treatments; setting priorities between patients; choosing between alternative new technologies and organising the provision of health care.

This course provides an introduction to the application of economics to health care. It does not assume any prior knowledge of economics.

ME33FO: FORENSIC MEDICINE

15 credits

Level 3

First Sub Session

This course will provide an overview of current forensic pathology concepts and techniques as well as explore how forensic medicine and its perception by the public has evolved and changed through history. This course will allow you to evaluate how forensic medicine has evolved and adapted with advances in science.  This course will introduce basic anatomy and apply knowledge of basic pathophysiology reinforced with practical autopsy experience in the public mortuary.

ME33FP: FILM AS A PUBLIC ETHICAL ARENA (MEDICINE)

15 credits

Level 3

First Sub Session

This course will engage students as active citizens through the viewing and discussion of films engaging contemporary moral issues. Feature length films, most often documentaries, will be screened during the class session and will be followed by student-led classroom debates about the issues raised. Each session will end with a lecture on the topic raised by the film. Assessment will be by way of short student papers explaining how the debates have led students to change their views on the discussed topics. Possible topics may include: environmentalism, energy policy, human relations with animals and food, global geopolitics and more. Download course guide.

ME33GA: ADVANCED GERMAN FOR MEDICAL STUDENTS

15 credits

Level 3

First Sub Session

ME33GH: GLOBAL HEALTH AND HUMANITIES

30 credits

Level 3

First Sub Session

Medicine is a global profession framed by forces going beyond national boundaries, such as food insecurity, human migration, climate change and conflict. It follows that medical education needs to keep pace with these changes and to ensure the next generation of doctors are aware of global issues, regardless of whether they choose to work in the UK or overseas. This awareness improves their critical thinking, enables them to empathise more with patients from diverse backgrounds, and strengthens their ability to understand the challenges faced by different types of health systems – and not just the NHS. Global health covers issues of health and healthcare across the world, and not just in developing countries.

ME33HA: HUMAN ANATOMY:DISSECTION WITH HISTORICAL, CULTURAL & SOCIAL DIMENSIONS

30 credits

Level 3

First Sub Session

This practical anatomy option provides students with an opportunity to carry out a full body dissection in a small group setting. This will be followed by an independent elective dissection of an anatomical region of clinial and historical interest.

This option is centred around self-directed dissection based activities and library/museum work. The course will be based in Anatomy at the Suttie Centre. It will largely involve self-directed dissected with weekly interactive tutorials, and library study.

In addition, the historical and cultural place of Anatomy in society and medicine is explored through a short series of lectures/tutorials, discussing topics relating to Anatomy such as history, art, archaeology, ethics, and museums.

 

 

ME33HM: HISTORY OF MEDICINE

30 credits

Level 3

First Sub Session

The course will involve each student working individually on a historical project of his or her own choice, under the supervision of the course co-ordinator.


Students will be required to produce a research proposal and progress reports, to prepare an essay and make a presentation of their findings to the class.
 
The aim of the option is to give students the opportunity to research and present, individually, in spoken and written forms, a history of medicine topic of their own choice, using both primary and secondary sources.

ME33HS: HEALTH STUDIES IN EDUCATION

30 credits

Level 3

First Sub Session

Health Studies in Education offers an opportunity for medical students to experience a 2 week placement in a secondary school, designing learning materials and taking classes in a range of subjects from a medical perspective. The students enrich the curriculum by making connections between it and medicine. Joining in the general life of the school wherever possible is encouraged. Students also have opportunities to mentor senior pupils who are interested in applying for medical school and on general aspects of student life.

The supportive 2-week Induction programme prior to the school placement includes interactive sessions on making best use of learning theories and planning learning for others. Presentation skills are important and support is provided for further development of these skills. Reflective practice and reflective writing have been an important feature of education for a long time and students have the opportunity to access support to further develop their understanding of professional reflection. Guest lecturers may contribute sessions on some aspects of Health Education. Students also make a two-day preparatory visit to their placement school on the Wednesday and Thursday of the first week to meet the staff, discuss their timetable and decide on what they will prepare before returning to the school.

ME33IC: INTRODUCTORY GAELIC FOR MEDICAL STUDENTS

15 credits

Level 3

First Sub Session

This is an introductory course in the modern Scottish Gaelic language for students who have a standard grade qualification in Gaelic.

There are five classes per week: three language classes, one oral/aural class and one reading class. The language classes follow a custom-written textbook ‘Progressive Gaelic 1’. Sound files accompanying the textbook are made available through the virtual learning environment, MyAberdeen. In the oral/aural class, students have an opportunity to practise speaking, develop their vocabulary further, and listen to a native speaker. This class follows another custom-written workbook, which is given to students free of charge, and a programme of language lab work.

ME33IF: INTRODUCTORY FRENCH LANGUAGE FOR MEDICAL STUDENTS

15 credits

Level 3

First Sub Session

The course ME33IF joins the course FR1023: LEVEL 1 FRENCH LANGUAGE 1A: BEGINNERS/NEAR BEGINNERS (STANDARD GRADE/GCSE OR BELOW) in week 7.

This introductory language course suitable for students with some or very little knowledge of French. All students must sit a diagnostic test on MyCurriculum before enrolling for this course.

Students with Higher or A Level or native speakers are not eligible to take this course

This course concentrates on the acquisition of basic grammar and vocabulary, and on the development of reading, writing, listening and speaking skills

ME33IG: INTRODUCTORY GERMAN LANGUAGE FOR MEDICAL STUDENTS

15 credits

Level 3

First Sub Session

The course ME33IG joins the course GM1054 German for Beginners 1 in week 7, when the medical students will be welcomed and integrated in the learning and study community of German as a foreign language.

Since the beginners will have worked through 5 chapters of the course book in the first 6 weeks, it is important that the medical students, who join in later, already have knowledge of basic vocabulary and grammar to build oME33GA Advanced German Language for Medical Students

ME33LM: LITERATURE AND MEDICINE

15 credits

Level 3

First Sub Session

Challenging conventional boundaries between the humanities and the sciences, this course explores the relationship between literature and medicine, and asks what kind of ground the two disciplines might share and how they might enrich one another. The course considers a wide range of texts concerned with the human experience of illness, health and disease from the eighteenth century to the present.

ME33LP: LITERATURE AND MEDICINE - PROJECT

15 credits

Level 3

First Sub Session

This option is only open to those taking the ME33LM Literature and Medicine course. The course will involve each student working individually on a project in the field of literature and medicine of his or her own choice, under the supervision of the course co-ordinator. 
 
Students will be required to produce a research proposal and progress reports, to prepare a dissertation and make a presentation of their findings to the class.

ME33MI: THE MEDICAL IMAGE

30 credits

Level 3

First Sub Session

Medical images and illustrations are important in medical research, clinical practice, and public communication. This course employs the tools and insights of the humanities (e.g. history and philosophy of science, visual culture) to explore questions such as: What makes medical images so important? What roles do they play? How do images inform and provide evidence? How do images depict what they are about? How are images produced and why does it matter? Do image-makers follow pictorial traditions? How do medical images travel between research communities and the public?

ME33MM: MINDFULNESS AND MEDICINE

30 credits

Level 3

First Sub Session

This course is an introduction to the concept and practice of mindfulness for medical students, involving the critical analysis of the subject and the underpinning neuroscience of mindfulness.
Mindfulness is included in the NICE guidelines as an NHS treatment for mild to moderate recurring depression. Furthermore, there is a large body of research indicating the physiological, psychological and neurological benefits of practice mindfulness. The study and practice of mindfulness is, therefore, of relevance to medical students hence why this course is offered as a Medical Humanities option. The course involves training in mindfulness practices

ME33PP: POWER AND PIETY: MEDIEVAL EUROPE

15 credits

Level 3

First Sub Session

Between 1200 and 1500 Christendom was afflicted by war, plague and climatic regression. The social fabric was questioned by popular revolt, while both the political and religious unity of earlier centuries began to crumble. This course offers a thematic survey of the later medieval west, as Europe emerged from Christendom. 

Lectures and tutorials focus on religion, society, culture and the economy and environment. Throughout attention is devoted to the general European context, demonstrating whenever appropriate how particular themes relate to Scotland. 

ME33SM: SUSTAINABLE MEDICINE

30 credits

Level 3

First Sub Session

The aim of this course will be to address the concepts that underpin sustainability in healthcare. It will encourage the student to consider the complex relationship between health and the environment and examine the difficulties of providing modern healthcare while conserving the natural world.

ME33SR: STUDYING SOCIAL LIFE

15 credits

Level 3

First Sub Session

This course aims to extend medical students' knowledge by exploring some of the sociological aspects of health and illness. As an overarching aim, the course seeks to convey an understanding of the social dimensions of health-related micro-level and experiential issues and their relationship to wider, macro-level cultural and structural forces, addressing various ways in which 'personal troubles' can be connected to 'public issues', as a core endeavour of sociological thought and research. The influence of wider political and economic forces on medical treatment, professional organisation and practice is a central focus of the course.

ME33SW: INTRODUCTORY SWEDISH FOR MEDICAL STUDENTS

15 credits

Level 3

First Sub Session

This course is an intensive language course and you will learn Swedish by actually using it. Swedish is one of the Scandinavian languages. The course aims to introduce the fundamentals of the grammar and a basic working vocabulary of Swedish, and to give extensive practice in reading, writing, listening and speaking, so that by the end of the course you will be able to communicate at European language level A1. You will learn to interact in both dialogues and written language, and will also get some cultural insight.

By learning Swedish you acquire a new language, but maybe also a new way of thinking, and an interesting twist to your CV.

OL3001: UNDERSTANDING THE BODY: ASSESSMENT COURSE (FL)

10 credits

Level 3

Full Year

ME4020: ELECTIVE OUTLINE

0 credits

Level 4

Full Year

ME4902: STUDENT SELECTED COMPONENT 3

15 credits

Level 4

Second Sub Session

ME4903: SENIOR CLINICAL PRACTICE (WRITTEN EXAM)

45 credits

Level 4

Full Year

ME4904: SENIOR CLINICAL PRACTICE (OSCE)

45 credits

Level 4

Full Year

ME5012: YEAR 5 ASSESSMENT

0 credits

Level 5

Full Year

ME5013: ALTERNATIVE CLINICAL BLOCK YEAR 5

40 credits

Level 5

Full Year

ME5014: MEDICINE/PAEDIATRICS/CARE OFTHE ELDERLY

40 credits

Level 5

Full Year

ME5015: SURGICAL SPECIALTIES/OBSTETRICS & GYNAECOLOGY/ANAESTHETICS/ITU

40 credits

Level 5

Full Year

ME5016: GENERAL PRACTICE/PSYCHIATRY

40 credits

Level 5

Full Year

ME5017: MEDICAL ELECTIVE

40 credits

Level 5

Full Year

ME5018: IMMEDIATE LIFE SUPPORT (ILS) COURSE

0 credits

Level 5

Full Year

ME5801: PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE BLOCK

20 credits

Level 5

Full Year

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