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BMS3007 : Research in Biomedical Sciences

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Lee Borthwick
  • Lecturer: Professor James Allan, Professor Janet Quinn, Dr Suzanne Madgwick, Dr Luke Gaughan, Professor Simi Ali
  • Owning School: Biomedical, Nutritional and Sports Scien
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


•       To appreciate experimental investigations in biomedical sciences and how these advance our understanding of human disease.

•       To analyse in depth and critically review one scientific paper and present the results and inferences contained therein for discussion to a audience of peers: Specifically to:

o       To consider study design, selection of appropriate methods, analysis of results and how these are presented in scientific papers.

o       To consider the relationship between study aims, results and conclusions in scientific papers and how these test hypotheses and generate further studies.

•       To produce a short critical report of the assigned scientific papers.

Outline Of Syllabus

This module provides students with an insight into the process, using real examples of published studies, of biomedical research and how this research contributes to advances in our understanding of human disease. In addition the module will develop a students ability to critically evaluate scientific experiments and interpret scientific data.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture11:001:00Introductory Lecture
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching140:0040:00Group Learning
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching61:006:00Tutorial
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching13:003:00Seminar
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching12:002:00Assessment based on a research paper
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study148:0048:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

There will be an introductory lecture – held by Dr Lee Borthwick to introduce the module and designated seminar session which must be attended by all of the students. After the introductory lecture, the students will attend a short group tutorials where they will be introduced to their assigned scientific papers. There will be 2 groups of students per tutorial at which the designated papers will be discussed and general guidance will be given. Each group will subsequently present their designated paper (12 minute presentation, 3 minutes discussion) at the seminar session attended by all students. Students are expected to lead and get involved in the discussion following each presentation. Additional marks will be given to students that provide questions and get involved in discussion.

In addition to the presentations, students will write a 1000 word critical appraisal on their designated paper.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Prof skill assessmnt1M30Group presentation of study papers
Written exercise1M701000 word critical appreciation of designated paper
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Assessment of this strand will comprise:

1.       Group presentation of their study paper (30%). This will be modulated by an assessment made by each student on the contribution of the other students in their group.
2.       The 1000 word critical appraisal of their designated paper (70%)

Reading Lists