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BIOL131 : Introduction to Biomedical Sciences

Department:Biomedical and Life Sciences (Division of)
Level:Part I
Learning Hours:80
Credit Points:8
Course Convenor:Dr CAM Shirras

Assessment Rules

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  • 50% Exam
  • 25% Coursework
  • 25% Test

CMod description

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The aim of this course is to introduce Biomedical Science students to the laboratory based investigation of human health and disease. Students will develop an understanding of how diseases develop and how they affect the function of the human body through the study of key elements of histology, pathology and metabolism.


Curriculum Design: Outline Syllabus

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1.    Role of Biomedical scientist in diagnosis of disease
2.    Diagnosis of disease
3.    Incidence and epidemiology of major human disease
4.    Basic methods in histology
5.    Cellular pathology (Part I)
6.    Cellular pathology (Part II)
7.    Medical microbiology in the diagnosis of disease
8.    Clinical biochemistry (I) - The clinical biochemistry lab
9.    Clinical biochemistry (II) - Core biochemical tests and electrolyte disturbances
10.    Clinical biochemistry (III) - Myocardial infarction and diabetes mellitus
11.    Introduction to haematology and transfusion science
12.    The management of hospital-acquired infection

1.    Discussion of career progression in medicine and Biomedical Science.  Introduction to coursework.
2.    Cellular pathology practical
3.    Medical microbiology practical
4.    Case studies and revision workshop   

Educational Aims: Subject Specific: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

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This course aims to introduce Biomedical Science students to laboratory-based investigations of human health and disease, including all the major disciplines outlined in the Health Professions Council logbook.  Students will develop an understanding of how common diseases such as cancer, chronic heart disease and diabetes develop.  They will also be introduced to up-to-date methodologies of laboratory practice and diagnosis.

Learning Outcomes: Subject Specific: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

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The learning objectives for this module contribute to the following skills and competencies required by the IBMS Registration Portfolio and the HPC Standards of Proficiency.


You should:-

  • be aware of the British, European and International Standards that govern and affect pathology laboratory practice. (1a.1)
  • understand the role of the Health Professions Council and the requirements for registration. (1a.1)
  • be able to explain the role of the Health Professions Council and the requirements for registration. (1a.1)
  • be aware of the legal and professional requirements for the handling, retention, storage and respectful disposal of human tissues and samples.  (1a.1)
  • be able to describe the principles of accreditation systems for pathology laboratories in the UK. (1a.1)
  • understand the HPC standards of conduct and ethics. (1a.2)
  • be able to describe the extent to which the Data Protection Act 1998, and other legislation and professional guidance, covers patients and laboratory records. (1a.3)
  • be able to demonstrate personal responsibility for self-directed learning. (1a.8)
  • know the limitations of your professional practice and referral mechanisms (1b.1)
  • know the structure of a routine pathology laboratory and the purpose of different hospital departments or service user groups. (1b.2)
  • understand the contribution of a biomedical scientist to patient focussed care. (1b.3)
  • be able to identify when it is inappropriate to communicate patient information. (1b.4)
  • be able to demonstrate ability to use effective communication. (1b.5)
  • be aware of legislation and regulations covering the transport of samples. (2a.1)
  • be aware of the need to assess and evaluate new diagnostics prior to routine use. (2a.2)
  • be aware of how to evaluate new laboratory techniques for diagnostic use. (2a.2)
  • be able to explain the terms: linearity, cross-reactivity, sensitivity and clinical audit, with regard to the evaluation of a new laboratory technique. (2a.2)
  • be able to apply practice in line with current trends in biomedical science. (2b.1)
  • understand the use of laboratory information systems. (2b.2)
  • understand the multidisciplinary role of pathology in monitoring and diagnosing a range of conditions. (2b.3)
  • be aware of the principles of scientific laboratory investigation including a knowledge of the research process including quantitative and qualitative methodologies. (3a.1)
  • know the relationship between pathology and other professions in health and social care. (3a.1)
  • understand the role of a pathology laboratory in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of patients. (3a.1)
  • know the contribution of biomedical science to the diagnosis and treatment of cancer, haematological disorders, infection, autoimmunity, neurological disease, and endocrine disorders affecting the organ systems of the body (3a.1)
  • understand the role of cellular pathology in the diagnosis and treatment of disease.(3a.1)
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