Introduction to Biomedical Sciences - BIO00018C

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  • Department: Biology
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Darren Goffin
  • Credit value: 30 credits
  • Credit level: C
  • Academic year of delivery: 2019-20

Module summary

Biomedical Sciences suits those with a keen interest in how all aspects of the human body work and what goes wrong in disease states, for example in cancer, cardiovascular and neuropsychiatric diseases. In this module you will begin to explore how cells, organs and systems function in the body. You will be introduced to the anatomy and physiology of different human body systems that include the cardiovascular, musculoskeletal, nervous, reproductive, and respiratory systems. And you will learn how epidemiological and pharmacological discoveries have transformed our understanding of the body and helped in the development of new treatments for disorders affecting millions of people.

We use dynamic and innovative teaching methods alongside more traditional lectures. Our varied practicals are run in well-equipped modern laboratories in the Department of Biology and Hull York Medical School (HYMS) Resource Centre. These include sessions that allow you to record physiological signals from your brain, heart and muscles.

You will be assessed via open assessments at the end of each term that test your ability to present and interpret physiological data relating to the practicals in the module, as well as end of term exams. Your revision will be supported through learning sessions before these exams.

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2019-20 to Summer Term 2019-20

Module aims

Biomedical Sciences suits those with a keen interest in how all aspects of the human body work and what goes wrong in disease states, for example in cancer, cardiovascular and neuropsychiatric diseases. In this module you will begin to explore how cells, organs and systems function in the body. You will be introduced to the anatomy and physiology of different human body systems that include the cardiovascular, musculoskeletal, nervous, reproductive, and respiratory systems. And you will learn how epidemiological and pharmacological discoveries have transformed our understanding of the body and helped in the development of new treatments for disorders affecting millions of people.

We use dynamic and innovative teaching methods alongside more traditional lectures. Our varied practicals are run in well-equipped modern laboratories in the Department of Biology and Hull York Medical School (HYMS) Resource Centre. These include sessions that allow you to record physiological signals from your brain, heart and muscles.

You will be assessed via open assessments at the end of each term that test your ability to present and interpret physiological data relating to the practicals in the module, as well as end of term exams. Your revision will be supported through learning sessions before these exams.

Module learning outcomes

1. Using examples, discuss the concept of disease.
2. Describe basic aspects of human anatomy and the function and regulation of the major physiological systems in the healthy human body.
3. Describe the organisation of the nervous system and how neurons communicate.
4. Conduct experiments in histology, electrophysiology and cardiology.
5. Acquire, analyse, interpret and write up/present experimental data.

Assessment

Task Length % of module mark
Essay/coursework
Coursework I
N/A 10
Essay/coursework
Coursework II
N/A 10
University - closed examination
Introduction to Biomedical Sciences I
1.5 hours 30
University - closed examination
Introduction to Biomedical Sciences II
1.5 hours 50

Special assessment rules

None

Reassessment

Task Length % of module mark
Essay/coursework
Coursework I
N/A 10
Essay/coursework
Coursework II
N/A 10
University - closed examination
Introduction to Biomedical Sciences I
1.5 hours 30
University - closed examination
Introduction to Biomedical Sciences II
1.5 hours 50

Module feedback

Cohort-level feedback will be provided on performance in closed exams and made available via the VLE. Marks for open assessments will be made available to you and your supervisor via e:vision. Individual comments will be added to your script and/or on separate summary feedback document.  Histograms of module marks will be posted on the notice boards outside the Biology Student Services office. Individual marks will be made available to you and your supervisor via e:vision. Exam scripts will be made available at the end of either the Spring or Summer terms. You should take the opportunity to discuss your marks and feedback with your supervisor.

During the teaching of the module you will receive feedback that may be at a whole class or individual level. Forms of feedback may include: model answers and discussion of workshop questions, summaries of performance in practicals, VLE-based quizzes, individual spoken comments during workshops, individual written comments on formative work.   

Indicative reading

These are available through the VLE module site.



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