GPRS20010 Clinical Science and Healthcare Informatics 1

Academic Year 2023/2024

This module forms part of the core curriculum for the MB BCh BAO degree in Medicine. This course introduces students to early patient contact, health systems, first aid and healthcare informatics.
In the early patient contact component, students will be introduced to the fundamentals of confidentiality and consent when dealing with all patients, professionalism and an introduction to ethics. History taking and communication skills (theory and practice with patients) will be covered with an emphasis on the bio-psycho-social model of health and illness. Students will learn about the issues relating to “Doctors’ own Health”.
In the health systems component, students will learn about Irish and other health systems and patient and healthcare professionals’ perspectives on the health system.
In the first aid component, students will train in basic life support.
In the informatics component, students will learn about searching and appraising medical literature, alongside evidenced based medicine

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module students should be able to;
1. Describe and analyse key influences on health and the effect of illness on patients, their families and their communities across different healthcare systems.
2. Take a basic patient history, identify and utilise key communication skills.
3. Demonstrate an understanding of the principles of professionalism, ethics, self-care and evidence based medicine.
4. Demonstrate proficiency in basic life support.

Indicative Module Content:

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Seminar (or Webinar)




Field Trip/External Visits


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Throughout the module, self-directed and collaborative small group learning will be used as a model for life-long continual professional development.
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Requirements:

This is for medical students only.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
GPRS20140 - Intro GP & Professionalism GEM, MDSA20140 - Patient-Centred Practice

CSI (MDSA10010)

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade In Module Component Repeat Offered
Assignment: Self assessment of group project participation Varies over the Trimester n/a Graded No


Assignment: Patient Narrative Peer Review Varies over the Trimester n/a Graded No


Group Project: Group Project - Tutor Assessed Varies over the Trimester n/a Graded No


Portfolio: Tutor assessment Varies over the Trimester n/a Graded No



Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment
• Peer review activities
• Self-assessment activities

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Peer review feedback will be available following the relevant seminar. Aggregated feedback will be made available after the submission of the portfolio and after provisional grade results of the group project. In addition, students will be given individual feedback on their portfolio submission via rubric. This feedback will be made available in the period after the provisional grade results have been released. Self assessment on group work for formative learning following group project.

Name Role
Professor Gerard Bury Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Nia Clendennen Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Professor Walter Cullen Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Assoc Professor Patrick Felle Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Kenneth Bishop Tutor
Dr Carlotta Boselli Tutor
Dr Nicholas Breen Tutor
Dr Nick Breen (Not In Use) Tutor
Dr Rita Brennan Tutor
Dr James Collier Tutor
Dr David Crampton Tutor
Dr Thomas Cross Tutor
Dr Thomas Dennehy Tutor
Miss Katherine Edwards Tutor
Dr John Frizelle Tutor
Ciara Joy Tutor
Sarah-Grace Keane Tutor
Ms Romaine King Tutor
John Kirwan Tutor
Dr Ciara Lee Tutor
Dr Sheila Loughman Tutor
Dr Fiona Magee Tutor
Ms Sarah McErlean Tutor
Ms Julie McHugh Tutor
Dr Ciara McMeel Tutor
Sana Mirza Tutor
Dr Niamh Murphy Tutor
Aoife O'Carroll Tutor
Dr Patrick O'Connor Tutor
Mrs Muireann O'Gorman Tutor
Dr Aodhnait O'Neill Tutor
Dr Eimear O'Reilly Tutor
Bryan O'Sullivan Tutor
Dr Owen Power Tutor
Helena Sheeran Tutor
Dr Niamh Wheeler Tutor