SHE Level 5
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code MMC126416
Module Leader Steven Patterson
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Biological and Biomedical Sciences
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Standard programme entry requirements

Summary of Content

This module will give a broad overview of and introduction to the various types of Diabetes (Type 1, Type 2, Gestational Diabetes, Latent Autoimmune Diabetes in Adults and Maturity Onset Diabetes of the Young). The students will review their understanding of the physiology of glucose balance in health and disease. They will discuss the nature, aetiology and epidemiology of diabetes and the role of the Health Care Professional, both in management of the disease and in counselling of the patient. An outline will be given of the pathophysiology of diabetes - both macrovascular and microvascular. Students will develop an understanding of the methods used for diagnosis and monitoring of diabetes and the drug therapies currently available and in development. Discussions of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) will allow the student to reflect on this growing area of patient self-medication and to consider the dangers and potential uses of CAM. Aspects of diet and lifestyle modification will be considered in a culturally competent setting as will the fundamentals of dealing with potential emergencies. Important specialist areas of the care and management of diabetes will be discussed such as diabetes and reproduction and diabetes and depression. The organisation and delivery of health care services will be considered, particularly in terms of the need for a multi-professional approach to the management of diabetes. Throughout the module, students will consider the scientific basis of diabetes research; past, present and future.


Review of normal physiology of the control of glucose including role of pancreas, kidney, liver and adrenals. Overview of the nature of and types of diabetes. Epidemiology. Control and management of diabetes; Emergencies. Complications and their prevention; Retinopathy; Neuropathy; The Diabetic Foot; Erectile dysfunction; Macrovascular changes. Pharmacological treatment of hyperglycaemia. Herbal medicines, vitamins and minerals Counselling and management of patients of different ages. Depression and diabetes Components of annual review of persons with diabetes. Outline of the laboratory' s role in diagnosis and monitoring. The roles of the different Health Care Professionals and multi-professional liaison in the management of the patient

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module, the students should be able to:1. Demonstrate an advanced understanding of the fundamental nature of diabetes and its complications.2. Show in depth knowledge of the drug treatment of hyperglycaemia and macrovascular complications.3. Critically evaluate clinical features and laboratory findings Reflect on organisational structures and the interprofessional team and the impact upon delivery of healthcare to the person with diabetes.4. Critically analyse and interpret current research.5. Understand ethnic issues relevant to diabetes care.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

A small number of interactive keynote lectures will be augmented by case study workshops, seminars, practical sessions and Student Centred Learning Exercises. In all class meetings, the Health Care Professionals will be encouraged to share their experiences and to develop their problem solving skills. The workshops, practical sessions and seminars will involve group work and discussion to encourage active learning

Indicative Reading

Rang & Dale's Pharmacology, 8 th edition 2015. Churchill Livingstone Hall, G. (2006) Providing Diabetes Care in General Practice. Fourth Edition. London, Class Publishing. Bilious, R and Donnelly, R. 2010. Handbook of Diabetes. Oxford, Blackwell Belchetz, P. and Hammond, P. (2003) Mosby's Color Atlas and Text of Diabetes and Endocrinology. Edinburgh, Mosby Hillson, R Diabetes Care: A Practical Manual (Oxford Care Manuals) 2015. OUP Oxford; 2 edition Colberg, S.R. Exercise and Diabetes: A Clinician's Guide to Prescribing Physical Activity (2013). American Diabetes Association Bilious, R and Donnelly, R. Handbook of Diabetes, 4th Edition. 2010. Wiley-Blackwell Amiel, S. A. Dixon, T. Mann R. and Jameson, K. 2008. Hypoglycaemia in Type 2 diabetes. Diabetic medicine 25, 245-254. Chan, Ashan, Jayasekera, Collier & Ghosh. A new class of drug for the management of type 2 diabetes: Sodium glucose cotransporter inhibitors: 'Glucuretics'. Diabetes & Metabolic Syndrome: Clinical Research & Reviews: 2012;6(4):22- 48. Ota, A. and Ulrih, N. P.. An Overview of Herbal Products and Secondary Metabolites Used for Management of Type Two Diabetes. Front. Pharmacol. 2017.| https://doi.org/10.3389/fphar.2017.00436 E-sources: Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (2010) Guideline 116 Management of Diabetes. Edinburgh, Royal College of Physicians. Available on http://www.sign.ac.uk. Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (2017) Guideline 149. Risk Estimation and the Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease .

Transferrable Skills

The student will develop skills in Assessment of patient. Liaison with other Health Care Professionals. Identification of good practice in a health care environment. Communication including written communication and report writing.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Independent Learning (FT) 100.00
Directed Learning 40.00
Assessment (FT) 20.00
Lectures (FT) 16.00
Tutorials (FT) 4.00
Practicals (FT) 10.00
Seminars (FT) 10.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 1 n/a 50.00 45% 2000 Word essay
Exam (Dept) 01 1.00 50.00 45% Objective Exam