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BSc Hons Biomedical Science

Mode of Study: Full Time Department: Biomedical and Life Sciences (Division of)
UCAS Code: B990 Duration/Length: 3 Year(s)
QAA Subject Benchmark: Biomedical Science Director of Studies: Dr NA Copeland
Total Credit Points: 360 Credit Points Year 2: 90
Credit Points Year 3: 150

Educational Aims: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

  • Lancaster’s Biomedical Science degree is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS) and provides a thorough grounding in the theory and laboratory techniques associated with Biomedical Science – a subject dealing with the study of life processes within the context of human health and disease. Taught jointly with clinical and biomedical staff from local hospitals, our Biomedical Science degree is a very structured scheme in which the majority of modules are compulsory. Our degree is designed to focus on the key aspects of modern day biomedicine. In the first year, students study 15 wide-ranging subjects, including Biomedical Science in Practice, Biomedicine and Society, and Diagnosis in Biomedical Science. In the second year, topics include Biochemistry, Cellular Pathology, and Medical Microbiology. The final year is even more focused with topics on Cancer, Medical Genetics, and Pathobiology. Students will also conduct their own laboratory-based project under the guidance of our internationally renowned academic staff who have vast biomedical research experience. 

    The programme aims to:

    • Provide a structured, progressive and thematic training in areas of Biomedical Science and associated Biological Sciences which will provide students with a knowledge and understanding appropriate for subject-specific graduate employment.
    • Prepare graduates for careers with a wide variety of employers such as in NHS pathology laboratories, pharmaceutical and biotechnological industries and government agencies.   
    • Offer all students the opportunity to conduct a substantial research project.
    • Develop the intellectual and practical skills necessary for progression to postgraduate research and training.
    • Develop key transferable skills to prepare students for specific and general graduate employment.
    • Encourage academic curiosity which will prepare students for lifelong learning.

Learning Outcomes: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

  • Graduates will be able to:

      • Demonstrate an advanced systematic understanding of the biology of health and human disease including: biochemistry, cell biology, genetics, molecular biology, immunology, human physiology and anatomy, chronic disease biology.
      • Apply knowledge and understanding of clinical laboratory techniques and practice in histopathology, cytology, clinical chemistry, haematology, transfusion science and medical microbiology.
      • Reason critically and demonstrate awareness of issues of risk, quality and ethics.
      • Use appropriate equipment effectively and accurately and list appropriate safety precautions associated with practical or project work
    • Demonstrate the skills necessary to plan, conduct and report a substantial individual investigation.
    • Demonstrate the ability to formulate and test concepts and hypotheses. 
    • Collect, analyse and interpret qualitative and quantitative data.
    • Retrieve, select, syntheses and critically evaluate information from a variety of sources.
    • Communicate effectively through written and oral presentations.
    • Use relevant Information Technology.
    • Work independently or as part of a team. 
    • Consider quality and risk issues in laboratory work.

Learning and Teaching Strategies and Methods: Knowledge, Understanding, Skills

  • Acquisition of knowledge is mainly through lectures and student-centred learning. Fundamental information in lectures is expanded by further reading which, by year 3, will include primary research papers.

    Teaching is hierarchical with a broad first year, becoming progressively deeper and more specialised in years two and three. Workshop sessions develop problem-solving and analytical skills connected with the lecture material. Students complete laboratory-based research projects and associated literature reviews in year 3 which develop a wide range of intellectual skills. Practical classes throughout the curriculum involve the generation and interpretation of numerical data.

    In summary the following teaching methods apply:

    Knowledge and understanding is developed through a combination of lectures, workshops, practical sessions, coursework exercises and undertaking reading from a range of literature sources. 

    Intellectual skills are developed as follows:

    • Analytical skills are developed through workshop sessions, projects and practical classes and are informed by lectures and reading. 
    • Skills in interpretation of numerical data and testing and formulating hypotheses are developed through practical classes and projects. 
    • Problem solving skills are developed through workshops, practical classes and projects.
    • Skills in critical evaluation are developed through lectures, workshops, practical work, projects and through reading of primary research papers.

    Practical skills are developed as follows: 

    • Test, measurement and evaluation skills are developed through lectures, workshops, practical classes and projects. 
    • Experimental and risk assessment skills are developed through practical classes and projects.
    • Skills in project management techniques are developed through practical work and individual projects.
    • Numerical skills are developed through practical classes and workshops. 

    Transferable skills are taught explicitly in first year tutorials and in a first year compulsory module. These are also embedded and developed in modules throughout the curriculum:

    • Communication skills are developed through instruction and practice in writing reports, essays, projects and giving presentations.
    • General ICT skills are developed through use of computers in several aspects of the course and for communication in the University and beyond.
    • Information retrieval skills are developed in coursework and projects.
    • Data manipulation and presentation skills are developed through practical classes, report writing and projects.
    • Independent-learning skills are developed through coursework and projects.
    • Time management skills are developed through coursework and student projects.
    • Employability skills and team working are embedded throughout the curriculum and developed in a compulsory third year module.

Assessment Strategy and Methods: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

  • Knowledge and understanding is assessed through unseen examinations and end of modules tests (multiple choice or short answer questions). Examinations are mainly of the essay type but also include short answer questions in second year and data analysis in years 2 and 3. Coursework assignments, which include: laboratory reports, essays, literature reviews, poster presentations and oral presentations, also test students' knowledge and understanding. The relative weight of these components varies according to the type of module and its intended outcomes.

    Intellectual skills are assessed by a combination of coursework exercises, practical and project work and written examinations. 

    Practical skills are assessed by a combination of practical and project work, a written dissertation and data analysis examination questions. 

    Transferable skills such as written and oral presentation skills, graphical presentation of data, general IT skills and information gathering are assessed by a variety of coursework assignments, e.g. essay writing, practical reports, oral presentations, research poster design, dissertation.

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