2021/22 Undergraduate Module Catalogue
BMSC2343 Experimental Skills in Human Physiology
20 creditsClass Size: 35
Module manager: Dr Ruth Norman
Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable
Year running 2021/22
Pre-requisite qualificationsBMSC Level 1 lab skills modules, or equivalent
|BMSC2310||Intermediate Skills for Professional and Academic Developmen|
This module is mutually exclusive with
|BMSC2341||Experimental Skills in Pharmacology|
|BMSC2342||Experimental Skills in Neuroscience|
|BMSC2344||Experimental Skills in Medical Sciences|
Module replacesBMSC2119: Experimental Skills, 10 credits, S1BMSC2228: Experimental Skills in Physiology, 10 credits, S2
This module is not approved as a discovery module
Module summaryStudents will participate in various practical exercises that will focus on some key methods within biomedical sciences and human physiology. Students will be taught the principles of experimental design and the essential statistical and mathematical methods necessarry for completion of the experiments and projects.- In semester 2, students will design and perform a mini project around exercise physiology.- Students will be introduced to the methods used to:a) perform experiments with human subjects;b) record physiological responses from human subjects andc) analyse response data in graphical form.Transferable skills will be developed through submission of practical reports, preparing and delivering oral presentations & laboratory book as well as working in groups.
ObjectivesOn completion of the module, students should be able to:
- Use some experimental techniques relevant to modern physiology;
- Use scientific literature in an appropriate manner and reference published work correctly;
- The ability to design and carry out an experimental project based on a specific area of human physiology as a member of a team;
- The synthesis of analytical data, including the use of both descriptive and analytical statistics to organise the data;
- The ability to individually present work in an extended written form and through other forms of communication which are used in the scientific community.
On completion of this module students should be able to:
1. Identify the need for and apply statistical analyses to data;
2. Locate and select scientific information to support arguments;
3. Describe the basic principles of the techniques used in practical classes;
4. Design and perform an experiment to answer a physiology hypothesis;
5. Present the findings in written form and through other scientific forms of communication.
Various practical exercises will focus on some key methods within biomedical sciences and physiology.
- Students will be taught the principles of experimental design and the essential statistical and mathematical methods necessary for completion of the module.
- Students will design and perform a mini project around exercise physiology.
- Students wil be introduced to the methods used to:
a) perform experiments with human subjects;
b) record physiological responses from human subjects and
c) analyse response data in graphical form.
Transferable skills will be developed through submission of practical reports, preparing and delivering oral presentations & laboratory book as well as working in groups.
|Delivery type||Number||Length hours||Student hours|
|Independent online learning hours||27.00|
|Private study hours||136.00|
|Total Contact hours||37.00|
|Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)||200.00|
Private studyResearching literature and writing practical reports.
Opportunities for Formative FeedbackAttendance at practicals and progress meeting with academic staff.
Methods of assessment
|Assessment type||Notes||% of formal assessment|
|Presentation||1 x presentation||10.00|
|Practical Report||1 x laboratory report 1 (8 page limit)||40.00|
|Practical Report||1 x laboratory report 2 ( 12 page limit) in the style of a scientific paper||50.00|
|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 listThe reading list is available from the Library website
Last updated: 03/12/2021
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