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2019/20 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

BMSC2229 Experimental Skills in Medical Sciences

10 creditsClass Size: 63

Module manager: Dr Al Benson

Taught: Semester 2 View Timetable

Year running 2019/20

Pre-requisite qualifications

Level 1 BMSC lab skills modules


BMSC2119Experimental Skills


BMSC2233Topics in Medical Sciences

This module is not approved as a discovery module


In this module students will build on the skills learnt in the semester 1 skills module and should be able to:
- discuss ethical issues relating to experiments in biomedical sciences;
- state the basic principles of experimental design;
- use simple statistics and other basic mathematical techniques to analyse and interpret data;
- report experimental findings in a manner similar to publications in the biomedical literature;
- use some experimental techniques relevant to modern biomedical sciences;
- use scientific literature in an appropriate manner and reference published work correctly.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module students should be able to:
- identify ethical issues in biomedical sciences;
- identify the need for and apply statistical analyses to data;
- locate and select scientific information to support arguments;
- describe the basic principles of the techniques used in practical classes.

Skills outcomes
Transferable skills will be developed through submission of practical reports, laboratory book and a personal reflection.


Students will use isolated tissues to study the actions of drugs. Students will be introduced to the methods used to:
a) prepare viable tissues
b) evoke and record responses from isolated tissues and
c) analyze response data in graphical form.

Transferable skills will be developed through submission of practical reports, laboratory book and a personal reflection.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours64.00
Total Contact hours36.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

Researching literature and writing practical reports.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Attendance at practicals and completion of coursework.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Practical ReportPractical report - write up of a laboratory investigation (2000 words)50.00
In-course MCQMCQ and short answer data analysis exam40.00
PracticalAssessment of performance in lab sessions10.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Any absence from a practical class will attract a v-code. To remove the v-code the student must submit a lab report, based on data provided to them, by a given deadline. The lab report will be check marked to determine it has reached a pass standard. Feedback will not be provided on it.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 17/04/2019


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