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2019/20 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

BMSC2233 Topics in Medical Sciences

10 creditsClass Size: 63

Module manager: Dr Michael Harrison

Taught: Semester 2 View Timetable

Year running 2019/20


BMSC2117Cardio-respiratory Physiology and Pharmacology
BMSC2119Experimental Skills
BMSC2120Scientific Skills
BMSC2123Sensory and Motor Neuroscience
BMSC2225Physiology of Absorption and Excretion

Module replaces


This module is not approved as a discovery module


This module has two sets of objectives:
- Subject-specific: to deepen and broaden, and reinforce understanding of, particular topics within medical sciences, particularly relating to modules being studied in parallel with it, and to introduce broader aspects of the subject not covered elsewhere in the course;
-Transferable skills: tutorials will cover and assess a wide range of skills, including critical reading, data analysis, different forms of presentation and interview techniques.

Learning outcomes
The specific topics of each tutorial will be decided by the tutor taking it. There will be overall coordination to ensure that a broad range of topics, and teaching and learning methods, are covered.

Skills outcomes
- Improved oral, on-line and written presentations.
- Improved problem-solving and data analysis.
- Time keeping and group working.
- Improved interview and job application skills.


This module will consist of an introductory lecture (at the beginning of the semester) together with 6 tutorials, on a range of topics relevant to the Biomedical Sciences. Each tutorial will be individually assessed, using different methods, to provide an opportunity to gain experience in a range of transferrable skills.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours87.00
Total Contact hours13.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

The private study time will be used primarily in preparing for the tutorials: learning about the topic to be discussed, and preparing a presentation using the method listed for that tutorial. It is expected that students will spend an average of 4 hours per tutorial either collecting material on-line, or using online support tools. The remainder of the time each will be spent using classical resources, and preparing their presentations where appropriate.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Attendance registers and marks will be collected from each tutorial and monitored by the module manager. This will allow an early detection of students who are struggling, and allow us to discuss it with the student concerned, and provide appropriate support where needed.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Tutorial Performance.100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 17/04/2019


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