MDSA30090 Understanding Disability for Healthcare Students

Academic Year 2023/2024

This is a core module within the medical curriculum that examines disabilities with help of some key examples. The lectures will build on previous anatomy and physiology with a particular focus on the head, neck, and posterior column. Anatomical and pathophysiological principles underlying commonly encountered disabilities will be discussed. Students will also be invited to listen to individuals who experience disability to understand day-to-day difficulties encountered. We would like to remind all students taking this module that there is an expectancy of 100% attendance for the scheduled lectures and practicals.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

A) Biomedical/Social Knowledge:
- Know the regional anatomy of the head, neck and vertebral column
- Understand the anatomical relations of the structures that comprise the region
- Describe the anatomical and pathophysiological principles underlying key, commonly encountered disabilities
- Describe the issues associated with having a disability
- Understand key concepts in disability and equality legislation

B) Clinical Assessment/Personal and Professional Development
- Critically evaluate a clinical case
- Apply knowledge of the anatomy of the region to clinical cases
- Describe case history and findings upon examination and research
- Demonstrate an ability to work as a team through a group project
- Develop critical thinking and self-directed learning skills

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours




Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
This module implements the following teaching and learning approaches: lectures, anatomical practicals, case-based learning, peer and group work. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Requirements:

This module is intended for medical students or allied healthcare students who have taken modules that examine the anatomy and physiology of the human body. This elective is only available to Health Science students. Students who would like to take this module as an elective are required to contact the Module Coordinator.

Learning Exclusions:

As there is a strong clinical component, this module is only available to healthcare students.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
GPRS20010 - Intro GP & Professionalism UEM, GPRS20140 - Intro GP & Professionalism GEM

ANAT20040 - Neurosciences

Additional Information:
Requirements: - pre-requisite CSI (GPRS20010) AND co-requisite Neurosciences (ANAT20040) OR - pre-requisite Patient-Centred Practice (GPRS20140).

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade In Module Component Repeat Offered
Assignment: Case study Throughout the Trimester n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Examination: Exit examination (MCQ and/or SAQ format) 1 hour End of Trimester Exam No Alternative linear conversion grade scale 40% No



Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Autumn Yes - 1 Hour
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Group/class feedback, post-assessment
• Peer review activities
• Self-assessment activities

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Upon completion of the group assignment , students will receive feedback from examiners. Students will also participate in peer-assessment as well as self-assessment activities for the assignment component and will provide written feedback.

Name Role
Professor Áine Carroll Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Assoc Professor Christine Linehan Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Mark Pickering Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Professor James Jones Tutor