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Semester 1

Biomedical Sciences 2: Fundamental Principles (BIME08010)


Biomedical Sciences





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Course Summary

This course will support the new Biomedical Sciences programme Year 2 theme 'Foundational understanding of Biomedical Sciences' and the School's objectives of enhancing the student experience and student support.Students taking this course will develop an understanding of core concepts in the disciplines of Physiology, Pharmacology, Reproductive Biology, Neuroscience, Infectious Diseases and Medical Biology as well as developing core competencies in scientific learning and disciplinary practice. The experimental basis of scientific knowledge ('How do we know what we know') will also be introduced. This new course will also implement timely and useful feedback opportunities.

Course Description

The course will be structured as follows: - Lectures: Material to be covered will include scientific principles for each BMS discipline. It will also outline functions of major physiological systems, including the nervous system, reproductive system, cardiovascular and respiratory systems. - Practical classes: Stand-alone units closely integrated with the lecture materials and designed to enhance students' understanding of the experimental basis of scientific knowledge.- Tutorials: Interactive sessions aimed to support the development of generic academic skills such as researching a topic, writing an essay and using feedback efficiently. - Essay feedback session: Small group session with the marker of the student's submitted essay. This is an opportunity for students to understand and discuss the marker's expectations and to appraise their work in a small group context.- Review quizzes: Automated online weekly quizzes. Students will be encouraged to answer a short series of questions (on Learn). By receiving automated feedback on their answers, students will have timely opportunities to check their understanding of the lecture materials.

Assessment Information

Written Exam 60%, Coursework 20%, Practical Exam 20%

Additional Assessment Information

Coursework: 40% total course markFinal Exam: 60% total course markCoursework includes 1 essay (1500 words) and a test on the practical classes' materials

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