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BIOL3211 Advanced Topics for Biological Sciences 3

20 creditsClass Size: 70

Module manager: Dr Glyn Hemsworth

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2022/23

This module is mutually exclusive with

BIOC3231Advanced Topics in Biochemistry 3
BIOC3232Advanced Topics in Medical Biochemistry 3
BIOL3215Cancer Biology
BMSC3233Advanced Topics in Pharmacology II
BMSC3234Advanced Topics in Neuroscience II
BMSC3235Advanced Topics in Human Physiology II
BMSC3236Advanced Topics in Medical Sciences II
MICR3212Advanced Topics in Microbiology 3

This module is not approved as a discovery module


To introduce students to a range of research topics in the broad field of biological sciences, and develop their ability to collate, critically analyse, and describe scientific information.

Students are recommended to attend five advanced topics.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module students should be able to:
1. Discuss in-depth a range of research topics at the forefront of biological sciences;
2. Select and critique scientific information obtained from reputable sources and
integrate the material to provide an up to date account of the topic under
3. Demonstrate advanced communication skills through presentation of the
material in written format.


The module will comprise a series of advanced topics reflecting current
developments across biological sciences/ biochemistry/, medical biochemistry/ or
microbiology. In each topic lecturers will present current thinking and research
findings, referring students to the research literature. Students will be required to
read the up-to-date research literature to advance their knowledge beyond the
material presented in the lectures.

This module is mutually exclusive with other Advanced Topics modules in this
semester within the faculty of Biological Sciences.

Haematological cancers
Human-Microbe Interactions: an ‘omics view
Signal transduction in cancer and cardio vascular disease
Molecular Oncology
Streptomyces, the Antibiotic Makers
Stem cells
Cancer therapy

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours170.00
Total Contact hours30.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Reading lists will be provided in association with each lecture as a starting point for self-directed learning around the material in each ATU.

An average of 5 hours additional reading/revision is allocated to each lecture.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

This module will be delivered online through digital platforms such as Collaborate Ultra and Microsoft TEAMS. The digital platform used for delivery of each session is included in the online module timetable. Teaching on this module will include a combination of learning approaches including live sessions (e.g. interactive lectures, Q&A sessions), pre-recorded sessions, group activities, discussion boards and quizzes. To maximise your learning and performance on the modules, you are expected to engage fully with all of the activities set. A detailed explanation of the
module structure and the associated learning activities will be described at the start of the module.

Methods of assessment

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Online Time-Limited assessment24 hr 100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)100.00

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

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 11/08/2022


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