MDSA20010 Gastrointestinal Tract and Liver Biology

Academic Year 2023/2024

This is a core module for the MB BCh BAO degree in medicine focussing on the normal anatomy and physiology of the digestive system. Consideration of the structural and functional basis of various gastrointestinal diseases is also included.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

Following successful completion of all elements in this module students should be able to demonstrate a solid understanding of the structure and function relationships underpinning the fundamental workings of the digestive system

Indicative Module Content:

Anatomy, physiology and histology of the digestive system

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Autonomous Student Learning






Computer Aided Lab




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
1) Lectures
2) Dissection based practicals
3) Computer aided learning practicals 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Recommendations:

This module will be easier to understand if you already have some basic knowledge of structure and function (muscles, blood vessels, nerves). The practical classes in this module include whole-body dissection and computer-based histology.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
ANAT20160 - GI/GU Structure, MDSA20160 - GI/GU Structure, PHYS30090 - Digestion and Excretion

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade In Module Component Repeat Offered
Continuous Assessment: A total of 3 CAL assessments will be completed as continuous assessment (1 formative and 2 summative) . Varies over the Trimester n/a Alternative linear conversion grade scale 40% No


Continuous Assessment: Twenty question anatomy spotter MCQ based examination Week 11 n/a Alternative linear conversion grade scale 40% No


Examination: A 50 question quiz assessing both anatomy and physiology with a balanced blend of question types (MCQ, fill in the blank, identify and order structures and processes). 1 hour End of Trimester Exam No Alternative linear conversion grade scale 40% No



Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring Yes - 1 Hour
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
• Online automated feedback

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Overall feedback will be provided via Brightspace. Requests for individualised feedback can be accommodated. Any student wishing to avail of this should arrange an appointment with the module coordinator.

Name Role
Ms Andrea Cradock Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Paul Crossey Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Eoin Cummins Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Assoc Professor Neil Gerard Docherty Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Ms Ciara Doyle Tutor
Professor James Jones Tutor