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CMB1006 : Practical Skills in Biomedical and Biomolecular Sciences 2

Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 15
ECTS Credits: 8.0

Aims

This module introduces students to practical skills essential to students studying biomolecular and biomedical sciences. It also helps students to develop a number of important generic skills, including numeracy skills, information literacy and writing skills and data handling skills. Finally the module introduces a student to basic methods of ethical reasoning and basic bioethical theories and their application.

The module is divided into four strands: Microbiology and Immunology practical skills, Physiology practical skills, Pharmacology practical skills and Generic skills. Each of the practical skills strands links closely with the complementary modules, Microbiology and immunology (CMB1003), Physiology(PSC1002) and Pharmacology (PED1003), which are co-requisites for this module.
In the Microbiology and immunology practical skills strand students learn how to culture bacteria and test for antibiotic resistance, how to stain and observe bacteria and immune cells under the light microscope, how to measure antibody activity and how to grow and count viruses.
In the Physiology practical skills strand students use a computer-aided learning packages to study the process of blood coagulation and heart function. They also gain hands-on experience using an electrocardiogram to measure heart activity as well as practical techniques for measuring lung function.
In the Pharmacology practical skills strand students learn practical techniques for quantification of drugs in biological fluids and use these techniques to explore the effect of charcoal on drug absorption and the processes affecting drug metabolism. They also measure the different therapeutc and side effect profiles of commonly used bronchodilators.
All three practical skills strands will highlight the importance of laboratory health and saftey.
The generic skills strand provides an opportunity for students to develop their ability to locate scientific papers and write a scientific essay, their ability to use Microsoft Excel to manage and analyse scientific data and their ability to deliver an oral presentation on a scientific topic. The generic strand also introduces students to some of the basic concepts of bioethics and the methods of ethical reasoning.

Outline Of Syllabus

The Microbiology and Immunology practical skills strand consists of laboratory-based practicals on the following topics: introudctory bacteriology; elements of the immune system; bacteriophage assays.
The Physiology practical skills strand consists of laboratory-based practicals on the following topics: blood coagulation; effects of exercise and posture on the cardiovascular system; the isolated mammalian heart preparation; methods in respiratory physiology.
The Pharmacology practical skills strand consists of laboratory-based practicals on the following topics: drug metabolism in vitro by liver microsomes; determination of paracetemol pharmacokenetics using spectrophotometry; the bronchodilator effects of inhaled salbutamol and ipratropium; the absorption of paracetemol and the effect of charcoal on drug absorption.
The Generic skills strand consists of: lectures on information retrieval; timed essay assignment; oral presentation assignment; Excel spreadsheet data handling exercise; Basic methods of ethical reasoning and basic bioethical theories and their application.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture81:008:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion11:001:00Class Tests
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical113:0033:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching31:003:00Seminars
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1105:00105:00N/A
Total150:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

1. Lectures will provide an introduction to the module, explain the basic methods of ethical reasoning and identify the strengths and weaknesses of different ethical theories and provide information about using the internet to search for scientific literature, including use of PubMed database

2. Seminars will provide students with the opportunity to develop their data handling skills using Excel spreadsheets and to deliver an oral presentation on a scientific topic.

3. Practicals will provide experience of laboratory work; information presented in practicals will include knowledge and understanding of the underlying principles of essential practical techniques and laboratory health and safety. Students will gain hands-on experience of a range of practical techniques and safe laboratory practice. Practical classes will allow students to develop skills in recording and analysing biological data, carrying out scientific calculations and using computers. Practicals also provide an opportunity for students to ask questions and exchange ideas with peers, demonstrators and academic staff in a relatively informal setting. Skills practiced include critical thinking, data synthesis, numeracy & use of computer application.

4. Class test provides an opportunity for students to write a scientific essay under exam conditions

5. Private study is used for self-directed learning and includes: reading lecture notes and texts; preparation for seminars and practicals; using learning resources on the Web. Skills practiced include critical thinking, active learning, goal setting and planning, information literacy and independence.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Practical/lab report2M25Microbiology & Immunology Practical Strand: In-course written worksheets and short answer questions.
Practical/lab report2M25Physiology Practical Strand: In-course written worksheets and short answer questions.
Practical/lab report2M25Pharmacology Practical Strand: In-course written worksheets and short answer questions.
Prof skill assessmnt2M25Timed essay exam conditions - 15%, Group oral presentation - 5%, Setting own MCQs - Peer Learning - 5%
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Students must pass each strand with a minimum mark of 40% in order to pass the module. This system is in place to ensure students who pass the module have achieved all learning outcomes. Failure in any of the four strands will result in a capped module mark of 35% only retrievable to a 40% pass on completion of any reassessment considered necessary to meet the learning outcomes

1. Practical reports will test the students' knowledge and understanding of practical techniques, ability to record and analyse biological data, ability to carry out scientific calculations and ability to use computer aided learning packages.

2. The timed essay will assess the students' writing skills, information literacy skills and ability to write a well structured essay on a scientific topic under exam conditions.

3. The oral presentation will assess the students' oral presentation skills, information literacy skills and ability to work as part of a team

4. By asking the students to set novel MCQ questions in a subject area, the peer learning excercise assesses the students deeper understanding of that subject.

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