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Course Specification


Institution             King Saud University       

College/Department  College of Medicine/ Department of Dermatology

A Course Identification and General Information

1.  Course title and code:  393 DERM

2.  Credit hours   2 hours

3.  Program(s) in which the course is offered.

(If general elective available in many programs indicate this rather than list programs)


4.       Name of faculty member responsible for the course

Mohammed Al-Haddab,FRCPC

5.  Level/year at which this course is offered        4th year

6.  Pre-requisites for this course (if any)


7.  Co-requisites for this course (if any)


8.  Location if not on main campus



B  Objectives 

1.  Summary of the main learning outcomes for students enrolled in the course:

1.                    To understand the basics of skin anatomy.

2.                  To be familiar with the language of dermatology by learning the primary and secondary skin lesions and to be able to describe various skin conditions.

3.                  To enable medical students to recognize the most common skin diseases and to manage them.

4.                  To be familiar with the diagnostic laboratory tests pertinent to dermatology.

5.                  To help students to formulate decent differential diagnoses of skin diseases.

6.                  To gain an over view of the skin manifestations of systemic diseases.

7.                   To be able to deal very appropriately with different emergencies in dermatologic diseases.


2.       Briefly describe any plans for developing and improving the course that are being implemented.  (eg increased use of IT or web based reference material, changes in content as a result of new research in the field)

          Our future plans are towards using the new teaching methods for enhancing the  

          Learning process which may include: 

1.                  Introduce live clinical teaching sessions

2.                  Designing website enriched with interactive learning materials.

3.                  Involve students in research projects.

4.                  Expand the course further to cover more of the essentials scientific & clinical needs for medical doctors




C.  Course Description  (Note:  General description in the form to be used for the Bulletin or Handbook should be attached)


1 Topics to be Covered



No of




Introduction to dermatology




Acne and related diseases




Papulosquamous diseases












Vitiligo and alopecia




Cutaneous manifestation of systemic diseases





Common skin infections




Emergencies in dermatology




2 Course components (total contact hours per semester):                         

Lecture:   72 hours

Tutorial:  0

Practical/Fieldwork/Internship: 0




3. Additional private study/learning hours expected for students per week. (This should be an average: for the semester not a specific requirement in each week)  3 hours



4. Development of Learning Outcomes in Domains of Learning 

For each of the domains of learning shown below indicate:

·         A brief summary of the knowledge or skill the course is intended to develop;

·         A description of the teaching strategies to be used in the course to develop that knowledge or skill;

·         The methods of student assessment to be used in the course to evaluate learning outcomes in the domain concerned.

a.  Knowledge

(i) Description of the knowledge to be acquired

To understand the basics of skin anatomy, to be familiar with the language of dermatology, to recognize the most common skin diseases and to manage them. To help students to formulate decent differential diagnoses of skin diseases. To gain basic knowledge of cutaneous manifestations of systemic diseases.

(ii) Teaching strategies to be used to develop that knowledge

Through lectures. Each lecture is usually divided into three parts: the first one is the theoretical aspect of the topic, the second part is the clinical slide discussion, and the last part is the live clinical cases when available or simulated ones. It has been encouraged for each faculty member to design his lecture to be an interactive with the students.

(iii) Methods of assessment of knowledge acquired

Multiple choice questions (MCQs) exams.


b.  Cognitive Skills

(i) Cognitive skills to be developed

To be able to analyse data, formulate an action plan, and have an approach to deal with different dermatological diseases and emergencies.

(ii) Teaching strategies to be used to develop these cognitive skills

By presenting and discussing simulated cases with student.

(iii) Methods of assessment of students cognitive skills

Multiple choice questions exams.



5. Schedule of Assessment Tasks for Students During the Semester



Assessment task  (eg. essay, test, group project, examination etc.)

Week due

Proportion of Final Assessment



MCQs mid-term exam





MCQs final exam



D. Student Support

1. Arrangements for availability of faculty for individual student consultations and academic advice. (include amount of time faculty are available each week)


4 hours/week


E Learning Resources 

1. Required Text(s)


2. Essential References

Textbook and lectures.

3- Recommended Books and Reference Material (Journals, Reports, etc) (Attach List)

1.      Clinical dermatology (oxford) By Rona. M. Mackie (5th Edition). 

       2.   Fitzpatrick Color atlas of synopsis of clinical dermatology By Klauss Wolff.


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