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Case Study in Biomedical Science

Module summary

Module code: OMED0077
Level: 6
Credits: 15
School: Engineering and Science
Department: Life and Sports Sciences
Module Coordinator(s): MSC TBA


Introduction and rationale

This course is a Level 6 course for students studying Biomedical Sciences in the part time mode, and complements core courses. The course is particularly appropriate for part-time students working in the industry. Biomedical Science requires the integration of a variety of disciplines and this course provides an opportunity for the student to investigate one topic drawing on a wide variety of sources.


The course is designed to integrate knowledge and skills acquired in other courses.

Learning outcomes

On completion of the course, students will be able to:
select and integrate information from a variety of sources;
work independently and transfer skills acquired in other contexts and apply them to a broad-based study;
inter-relate and critically appraise different information sources;
prepare both a detailed and structured report and a poster identifying the key issues.

Skills Learning Outcomes:
On completion of the course, students will be able to:
critically appraise and evaluate their own work and that of others;
communicate effectively, by means of a scientific poster which communicates information clearly and effectively;
manage their time, plan and prioritise their activities.

HPC Standards:
This course covers the following HPC Standards:
2a.4 (b, c) 2b.1 (a, b, c, d, e) 2b.2 (a) 2c.1 (b) 2c.2 (d, e)

Indicative content

Anaemia; Leukaemia; Food poisoning; Glandular fever; Septicaemia; Tetanus; Congestive heart failure; Myocardial infarction; Deep vein thrombosis; Breast / ovarian cancer; Kidney / liver transplantation; Anaphylactic reaction; Alcoholism; Paracetamol overdose; Salicylate poisoning; Cystic fibrosis; Haemochromatosis; Pancreatitis; Autoimmune disease; Diabetes mellitus.

Teaching and learning activity

No formal lectures will be given, and students will largely control their own learning process. Students will have a supervisor who will discuss the selection of a topic and who will meet on a regular basis with the student to discuss their progress. A key activity will be drawing together and inter-relating information. The review of peer posters (see below) will test the students' ability to evaluate new material and allow them to demonstrate whether or not they have developed a questioning stance.


Report - 70%
Criteria for assessment include selection, integration and interrelationships and breadth of content.
Poster Session - 30% overall
Criteria for assessment include selection of key issues and evaluation of information collected as well as an oral defence of the poster.
Timed contrlled written review of one of posters presented by their peer group. One of the principal criteria applied will be ability to evaluate and critically appraise the content of the poster.

Pass mark - 40% overall