BMS3008 : Integrated Biomedical Sciences

Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


•To develop students' ability to design experiments and interpret scientific data.
•To integrate and refresh knowledge (mainly on techniques) from different parts of the programme.
•To provide opportunities to obtain help with revision ahead of the finals examinations, from representatives of the compulsory stage 3 modules.

In Summary:
This short module will start with discussion of how scientific knowledge is acquired and with examples of limitations that are typically associated with experimental results. The practical details for carrying out some typical experiments will be discussed as a way of revising procedures for various basic experimental operations that have been covered previously during the 3 years of the degree course. Additional information on clinical trials is provided. Other seminars will concern revision of material covered in each of the compulsory stage 3 modules of the BMS degree, with emphasis on methods and data analysis.

Outline Of Syllabus

New material will be very limited (e.g. principles of clinical trials and certain details of flow cytometry), emphasis being placed on revision of topics already taught throughout the degree. Also included is practise at comprehension and interpretation of scientific writing. The latter will be enabled by online exercises.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching14:004:00Tutorials
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching81:008:00Seminars
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study188:0088:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Tutorials on how to perform basic design of experiments, how to carry out basic calculations, how to understand basic experimental techniques will be interleaved with additional practice at examination-style questions provided after each seminar.

The examination will test the student's ability to demonstrate all the above skills and understanding of the underlying principles.

Revision seminars and the above tutorials will include coverage of some key techniques that will have been referred to in other modules.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1802A100N/A
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Examination tests ability to recall and integrate information, as well as to critique scientific literature.

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