2020/21 Undergraduate Module Catalogue
BMSC2120 Scientific Skills
10 creditsClass Size: 10
Module manager: Dr Mike Colman
Taught: Semester 1 View Timetable
Year running 2020/21
Pre-requisite qualificationsNormally, completion of level 1 of a BMS programme or equivalent
Module replacesBMSC2311, 2312, 2313 and 2314
This module is not approved as a discovery module
ObjectivesThis module has two sets of objectives:
1. Subject-specific: to deepen and broaden, and reinforce understanding of, particular topics within the subject, particularly relating to modules being studied in parallel with it, and to introduce broader aspects of the subject not covered elsewhere in the course.
2. Transferrable skills: tutorials will cover and assess a wide range of skills, including critical reading, data analysis, and different forms of presentation. Furthermore, this module provides an opportunity to develop self-directed learning techniques.
Upon completion of this module, students will be expected to be able to:
- Understand the fundamental principles underlying several research techniques in physiological science;
- Identify which questions can be addressed by specific techniques;
- Plan a critical experiment to test a hypothesis, including the identification of essential controls;
- Process raw data sets to extract specific information;
- Apply and interpret relevant statistical tests to experimental data.
The module provides many opportunities for self-directed learning.
- It will develop independent research skills to analyse and interpret data presented in structured workbooks.
- It provides an opportunity to work in groups and/or as individuals on individual assignments within each tutorial, to perform short presentations in tutorials and to engage in debating physiological and medical topics.
This module will consist of an introductory lectures together with 6 tutorials on a range of topics relevant to the Biomedical Sciences.
|Delivery type||Number||Length hours||Student hours|
|Private study hours||81.00|
|Total Contact hours||19.00|
|Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)||100.00|
Private studyThe 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.
Opportunities for Formative Feedback- Student attendance at lectures and tutorails will be monitored in line with standard faculty practice.
- Completion of coursework and exam.
- Engagement with VLE resources.
Methods of assessment
|Assessment type||Notes||% of formal assessment|
|In-course Assessment||6 x data handling exercises||24.00|
|Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)||24.00|
Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated
|Exam type||Exam duration||% of formal assessment|
|Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)||2 hr 00 mins||76.00|
|Total percentage (Assessment Exams)||76.00|
MCQ and short answer exam paper
Reading listThe reading list is available from the Library website
Last updated: 30/07/2019
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