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2021/22 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

DSUR2220 Introduction to Biomedical Sciences

20 creditsClass Size: 96

Module manager: Reem El-Gendy

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2021/22


DSUR1127Health and Health Promotion
DSUR1128Intro to the Oral Environment
DSUR1130Anxiety and Pain Management
DSUR1230Oral Diseases, Defence and Repair
DSUR1250Personal and Professional Development 1


DSUR2122Social Sciences Related to Dentistry
DSUR2200Clinical Skills A
DSUR2240Clinical Practice 2

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

You will gain a broad introduction to biomedical sciences from both molecular biology and clinical perspectives. Basic science and clinical academic staff will work as a coordinated team to provide you with an integrated module where basic molecular science and its clinical relevance are explicitly linked. You will consider the effects of common disease processes on systemic and oral health and where applicable how these may present in dental practice


This module provides an introduction to biomedical science with a focus on the biological basis of health and disease. It will permit a better understanding of disease aetiology and the mechanisms involved. Evidence based information will be explored so that students will be able to advise patients on a range of wider health and disease issues. Examples of on-line misinformation will be highlighted to emphasise the importance of critical appraisal and the need for an evidence base.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module students will be able to:
• Describe the anatomy and histology of the - gastrointestinal tract.
• Understand specific biomolecular mechanisms/metabolism in health and disease and the role of nutrients in these processes.
• Understand the digestion, transport of dietary components, and the psychology of eating disorders.
• Understand the components of blood, abnormal clotting disorders and blood borne viruses.
• Demonstrate insight into: infective endocarditis, atherosclerosis, thrombosis and embolism, acute and chronic inflammation, proteopathic disease/ER stress (especially in relation to amelogenesis imperfecta and fluorosis).

Skills outcomes
No additional skills are gained over and above those listed above.


• The anatomy and functioning of the digestive tract
• Digestion and transport of carbohydrates and lipids – in health and disease
• Energy metabolism
• Intermediate metabolism
• Nutritional biochemistry (vitamins)
• Nutrition in relation to dental health
• Psychology of eating disorders
• Blood
• Infective endocarditis, atherosclerosis, thrombosis and embolism, acute and chronic inflammation and proteopathic diseases
• Biology and molecular biology of cancer including environmental and nutritional factors

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Revision Class11.001.00
Revision Class12.002.00
Independent online learning hours6.00
Private study hours156.00
Total Contact hours38.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

The lectures should be regarded as a comprehensive introduction to the subject. The lectures provide a foundation that will guide students towards further reading and that will enable them to consolidate their learning during private study periods. Approximately three quarters of the module credits are assigned to private study. We emphasise to the students that continuing professional development (CPD) is a requirement of GDC registration and taking a larger responsibility for learning, through private study, is an essential skill that needs to be developed in so that maximum advantage can be levered out of CPD events attended later as career clinicians.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Example MCQs will be available on line to students so they have some familiarity with the style, scope and depth of the MCQs typical of those used in the assessment. The MCQs will also help inform students where there may be gaps in their knowledge and understanding which can be addressed at revision sessions or ad hoc one-to-one meeting with staff. Whilst the answers to the MCQs are not given at the time they are made available the correct responses are provided after the delivery of the module has exposed the student to the material and prior to the end of module assessment. This formative assessment material, with the lecture content and further reading provided, forms the content that is discussed in the revision sessions that are run prior to the summative assessment.

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
In-course MCQOn-line formative MCQ exercises0.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)0.00

Example MCQs are provided via VLE with answers and feedback given prior to the end of module assessment.

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Online Time-Limited assessment2 hr 00 mins100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)100.00

Online time limited assessment with a duration of 48 hours.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 06/10/2021


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