MDSA30050 Respiratory Disease

Academic Year 2023/2024

This module is part of the core curriculum for the MB BCh BAO degree in medicine. It introduces the student to the underlying pathological and microbiological processes that result in respiratory tract disease and relates these processes to the clinical manifestations of respiratory disease in the patient. The module also introduces the current pharmacological and immunological agents that are used in the treatment and prevention of respiratory disease.
We would like to remind all students taking this module that it is expected that scheduled tutorials will be fully attended.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of the module students will have improved their clinical skills by (a) identifying the common diseases of the respiratory tract, (b) identifying the presenting clinical features of patients with respiratory disease and (c) interpreting laboratory data utilised in the diagnosis of patients with respiratory disease. Students will also have improved their biomedical knowledge by describing the pathological and microbiological processes underlying respiratory disease and their associated clinical features, formulating appropriate treatment regimens and suggesting preventative measures that may be used in the management of these diseases. The module also enables students to improve their professional and interpersonal skills by participation in group-based interactive tutorials.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours




Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:

Case-based learning 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Requirements:

Students are required to have a background in human physiology and biochemistry and to have studied the Systems 1 modules (such as MDSA10100) or Mechanisms of Disease [MED] (MDSA30080/PATH30080) or a module with equivalent learning outcomes. This elective is only available to Health Science students.

Learning Recommendations:

It is strongly recommended that students who wish to take this as an elective module must contact the module coordinator to discuss necessary requirements before registering.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
MDSA10100 - Respiratory Biology, MDSA20200 - Respiratory Biology, MDSA30080 - Mechanisms of Disease (MED), PATH30080 - Disease Mechanisms & Pharmacol

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade In Module Component Repeat Offered
Examination: Essay paper 2 hour End of Trimester Exam No Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Examination: MCQ paper 2 hour End of Trimester Exam No Standard conversion grade scale 40% No



Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring Yes - 2 Hour
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

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Name Role
Dr Nicolas Deseez Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Peter Holloway Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Marguerite Lawler Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Eoghan O'Connor Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Alexandros Sykaras Lecturer / Co-Lecturer