2010-11 academic year

Introduction to the University and to Medicine (20400)

Qualification/course: Bachelor's Degree in Medicine

Year: 1

Term: 1

Number of ECTS credits: 6

Number of study hours:  150

Course Language(s): Spanish and Catalan

Teaching staff: the subject coordinator is Jordi Pérez, who is also the coordinator for the module Introduction to New Studies. The coordinator for Introduction to the Health System is Fernando G. Benavides, and the coordinators for the History of Medicine are Albert Presas and Josep-Eladi Baños

1. Presentation of the course

Introduction to the University is a basic subject of the bachelor's degree course in Medicine with a value of 6 ECTS credits and is made up of three differing modules. Introduction to New Studies, Introduction to the Health System and History of Medicine. Each module has a different course plan.

2. Competences to be achieved

This activity has the following general objectives:

Provide the students with globally relevant information regarding their studies in general and especially the educational project of the centre.

 - Introduce the students to the determinants of health and illness and their relationship with society.

- Present the historical antecedents of medicine and the medical profession.


3. Content



Coordination and teaching staff

The subject coordinator is Jordi Pérez, dean of the Faculty, who will teach the course together with lecturers Jordi Camí, Magí Farré, Antoni Sitges, Anna Veiga and Olga Valverde. The practical elements of the course will be supervised by the professionals of the Library and IT Services.

General Objectives

This activity has the following general objectives:

- Provide the students with globally relevant information regarding their studies.

- Inform the students about the educational model planned for the development of their studies.

 - Provide the necessary knowledge to locate, evaluate, use and communicate information of any of the specialist fields of the UPF, such as using technologies of information and communication.

Increase the student's motivation towards their course and encourage attitudes and ethical values towards their studies and their professional application.


Theory syllabus

The theory syllabus consists of nine 50 minute sessions, including the inaugural lesson and a film session.

  1. The New Studies (J. Pérez)

  2. The UPF and study regulations (J. Pérez)

  3. The educational project of the cente (I) (J. Pérez)

  4. The educational project of the cente (II) (J. Pérez)

  5. Drugs and their effect on the brain (O. Valverde)

  6. The study of the human body: integration of anatomy, histology and physiology (A. Sitges)

  7. Experimentation on animals and humans general principals of bioethics

  8. Profession and professionalism: knowledge, work and professional values (A. Oriol)

     (inaugural lesson)

  9. What is research and why do it? (J. Camí)

10. Film session: Despertares (Awakenings), by Penny Marshall (1990)

Practical syllabus

The practical syllabus consists of six modules over six sessions of one or two hours duration.

Module 1. The electronic learning platform

Module 2.  Email, configuration and Internet resources

Module 3. Computers, software and other computer and audiovisual equipment

Module 4. How to find the necessary information and materials for the subjects.

Module 5.  How to create an academic project

Module 6. PubMed



Coordination and teaching staff

Fernando G. Benavides, professor of Public Health, Universitat Pompeu Fabra.


General Objectives

Provide the student of Medicine and Biology with a framework of social reference to help him contextualize biological and clinical knowledge. At the end of the course, the student should be able to: 1) Analyze health from a collective perspective; 2) identify the relationship between health and society; 3) define the role of medicine within the framework of the health system, and 4) describe the main components of the health system.


Theory syllabus


  1. Introduction to the health system

  2. Health and illness

  3. Perceived health and quality of life

  4. Natural history of illness

  5. Determinants of health

  6. Social inequalities in health

  7. Health System: organization and finance

  8. Healthcare: primary and specialized

  9. Quality of healthcare

10. Public Health



1. 1. Presentation and debate of selected chapters contained within the reference texts.


4. Assessment

a) Each module has its own assessment criteria, which will be made available to students in the specific course syllabus.

b) The final mark will be the average of the three marks attained in each of the three modules.

c) To pass the subject, it is necessary to obtain a mark equal to or higher than 4 in each of the three modules.

d) If a student does not pass the subject on the first exam sitting, then he will need to resit the module(s) failed on the second exam sitting.



The results of the evaluation for this block will be added proportionally to the whole mark awarded for the subject Introduction to the University.

1. The evaluation of the module will consist of:

a) A written test of short answers based on the theory topics

c) Practical exercises

d) A written test of short answers based on the practical objectives

2. The weighting of the different tests is as follows

a) Theory: 5 points

- Written test: 5 points

b) Practicals: 5 points

Exercises 2.5 points

- Written test: 2.5 points

3. The evaluation sessions are as follows:

a) After theory session 10, on Monday 6th October at 8.40a.m., there will be a short answers test based on the contents of the course so far. A selection of questions will make reference to the film seen the previous day.

b) On Wednesday 29th October, the day scheduled for the formative evaluations, there will be a written test based on the practical sessions.

c) The practical exercises will have specific time restraints which will be announced at the appropriate time.


4. Any form of copying or plagiarism will result in failing the module and subsequently the

general subject

5. It is necessary to obtain a minimum mark of 4 as this will be counted towards

the final mark of the subject.



The specific evaluation of this module - forming part of the subject Introduction to the university - will be through the active participation of the student during the seminars. In order to accomplish this, the students will be divided into groups of four, each of which will prepare a presentation on one of the chapters form the reference books, with approval from the lecturer for the subject. Each group will have between 10 and 15 minutes (a maximum of slides/tranparencies) to give the presentation on the selected chapter, after which the other students and lecturer will be able to ask questions and debate the content.

Parameters: Student presentations (60% of the mark), exam (40% of the mark).


5. Bibliography and teaching resources

5.1. Basic bibliography

Rose, G. A. La estrategia de la medicina preventiva. Barcelona: Masson-Salvat Editores, 1994.

Mckeown T. El papel de la medicina. ¿Sueño, espejismo o némesis? Mèxic: Siglo XXI Editores, 1982.

Cochrane, A. L. Eficacia y eficiencia. Reflexiones al azar sobre los servicios sanitarios. Barcelona: Salvat, 1985.

6. Methodology

7. Activities schedule