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2023/24 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

BMSC3146 Advanced Topics in Medical Sciences I

20 creditsClass Size: 100

Module manager: Dr Rao Sivaprasadarao

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2023/24

This module is mutually exclusive with

BIOL3112Advanced Topics for Biological Sciences 1
BMSC3143Advanced Topics in Pharmacology I
BMSC3144Advanced Topics in Neuroscience I
BMSC3145Advanced Topics in Human Physiology I
MICR3120Advanced Topics in Microbiology 1

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary



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

Learning outcomes
Students should become familiar with current research in a range of topical areas within the field of biomedical sciences.


The module will consist of a number of "advanced topic units", each of which will contain a series of lectures +/- other teaching sessions relating to a particular research topic within the field of biomedical sciences. Students will attend, and do additional reading on, at least 5 of these ATUs.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Interactive Lecture51.005.00
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.

Independent online learning: 10 hours

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Student attendance at lectures will be monitored in line with standard faculty practice. At level 3, and in light of the extensive reading around the topics that is required, continuous assessment will not be appropriate for most ATUs.

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

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
In-course AssessmentEssay30.00
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
Online Time-Limited assessment24 hr 70.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)70.00

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: 28/04/2023 14:47:37


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