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Unit information: Foundations of Biomedical Sciences in 2021/22

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Unit name Foundations of Biomedical Sciences
Unit code LANG00047
Credit points 20
Level of study QCA-3
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Dr. Andersen
Open unit status Not open

IELTS minimum 5.5 overall with a minimum of 5 in writing and 4.5 in all other components or equivalent



School/department Centre for Academic Language and Development
Faculty Faculty of Arts

Description including Unit Aims

This unit will provide an introduction to selected topics in biomedical sciences. Through focusing on specific topics students will be introduced to skills required for scientific research, including data acquisition, handling and scientific reporting. The unit will have 4 themes, starting with an introduction to cell biology. Following this, 3 topics, for example antibiotic resistance, cardiovascular health and disease and synthetic biology, will be selected to highlight specific aspects of biomedical science. Each topic will include a keynote seminar focusing on current developments in the field of biomedical science.

This unit therefore aims to:

  • Promote understanding of basic physiological, biochemical and disease mechanisms governing the function of mammalian body systems.
  • Expose students to a range of activities thereby developing the attitudes and skills desirable for further study in biomedical sciences.
  • Develop students’ capability in considering how to analyse data from experiments.
  • Highlight current developments in biomedical sciences.

Intended Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the fundamental principles of cell biology.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the concepts underpinning major topics in biomedical sciences.
  3. Analyse and interpret data from experiments in biomedical sciences.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of scientific method in experimental design in biomedical sciences.
  5. Communicate scientific principles and findings in biomedical sciences.

Teaching Information

Teaching will be delivered through a combination of synchronous and asynchronous sessions, including teacher-led input, group seminar-style discussion, self-directed exercises, and laboratory skills activities. There will be online delivery of materials through Blackboard VLE.

Formative tasks students are expected to complete include:

  • Multiple choice questions.
  • Short answer questions.
  • Oral presentation.

Assessment Information

Summative Assessments:

Written examination (20%) [ILO 1]

eBiolabs pre- and post-practical quizzes (10%) [ILOs 3, 4]

Laboratory report (10%) (1,000 words) [ILOs 3, 4]

Oral presentation (10%) (8-10 mins) [ILO 5]

Written examination (50%) [ILO 2]


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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

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The Board of Examiners will take into account any extenuating circumstances and operates within the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes.