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2019/20 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

BMSC3140 Advanced Scientific Skills

20 creditsClass Size: 200

Module manager: Dr Lin-Hua Jiang

Taught: Semester 1 View Timetable

Year running 2019/20

This module is not approved as a discovery module


The aim of the module is to develop and reinforce a range of scientific skills expected in high-quality Biomedical Science graduates.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module students should be able to:
- engage confidently with the published scientific literature
- extract and summarise the key points of a scientific paper
- critically analyse the quality of published research
- be aware of issues associated with conducting scientific research
- be aware of modern laboratory techniques associated with their subject, the nature of the data they produce, and how they are presented
- work with numerical scientific data and interpret their biological meaning.


- Seminar: Molecules, cells, signalling, and how they are measured
- Tutorial: Application of research techniques
- Seminar: Interpreting and summarising scientific papers
- Tutorial: Summarising and critical review of research
- Seminar: Ligand-receptor interactions
- Tutorial: Data interpretation I
- Seminar: Data analysis and interpretation
- Tutorial: Data interpretation II
- Seminar: Research governance, planning, and justification
- Tutorial: Research proposal review and summaries.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours180.00
Total Contact hours20.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

80 hours of private study preparing for tutorials, completing coursework and on-line study.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Attendance at tutorials

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay1,500 word topical review30.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)30.00

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

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)3 hr 00 mins70.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)70.00

Data analysis exam

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 17/04/2019


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