Core Module Information
Module title: Trends in Biomedical Sciences

SCQF level: 10:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: BMS10108
Module leader: Craig Stevens
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: LIFE SCIENCES

Students should have an understanding of level 9 pharmacology and molecular biology subjects. Students should have understanding of practical methods relevant to Biomedical Sciences. Students should have the ability to evaluate and critically appraise scientific journal articles.

Description of module content:

You will be introduced to ground breaking technologies that are impacting society and changing the way we study biology and understand disease. You will investigate a selected contemporary topic within the Biomedical Sciences discipline (e.g. Stem cells, Genome editing, Immunotherapy), and identify and critically evaluate high quality and high impact research studies. You will communicate your findings by presenting a seminar and by synthesis of an impact case study. By the end of the module, you will have had the opportunity to learn about a number of cutting-edge research areas whilst developing your critical analysis and scientific communication skills.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Demonstrate a detailed knowledge and understanding of an area of current interest in the Biomedical Sciences
LO2: Demonstrate a critical understanding of the theories, concepts and principles within modern Biomedical Sciences.
LO3: Use journal articles and additional methods of communication that are specialised and appropriate to Biomedical Sciences.
LO4: Offer professional level insight into the impact of Biomedical Sciences research on society.
LO5: Exercise autonomy and initiative for the development of the subject material under investigation.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 1, FACE-TO-FACE, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: FACE-TO-FACE
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Craig Stevens
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
The module will be taught using a mixture of staff-led seminars and workshops, and student-led seminars. You will also be encouraged to attend relevant School of Applied Sciences research seminars. Workshops will help you to identify ground-breaking research, encourage a critical approach to the literature, describe and explore the notion of research impact, and discuss how research is presented and communicated by research professionals. You will work as part of a group to access, evaluate and present key scientific literature (LOs 1-3), leading a discussion on the impact that this has had/ will have on the future of biomedical sciences in a seminar setting (LO 4). Your group will also contribute to the module Moodle site by providing an annotated bibliography to support your seminar presentation, alongside a copy of the presentation itself, in advance of the seminar (LO 5).

Formative Assessment:
You will work as part of a group to prepare and deliver one 30 minute seminar (LOs 1-4). Your group will also contribute to the module Moodle site by providing an annotated bibliography to support your seminar presentation, alongside a copy of the presentation itself, in advance of the seminar (LO 5). You will be formatively assessed on your seminar and annotated biblography by peers and module tutors. Assessment criteria for the seminar will be the same as those applied to the impact case study summative assessment, and should address all of the following using criteria agreed by the class at the beginning of the module:
1. appropriateness of selected journal articles (impact, scientific background)
2. quality of your group’s annotated bibliography
3. quality of your group’s presentation of the topic background and current work
4. quality of the impact summary presented

Your group will be able to discuss the topic and approach to your seminar in advance in order to receive feedback about your planned approach. You will also have the opportunity to give feedback to other students on their seminars. You will be encouraged to reflect upon previous relevant feedback, and devise ways of putting what you have learned into practise.

Summative Assessment:
There is a single summative assessment (LOs 1-5), which is an impact case study written on your choice of seminar topic. This will be an individual written assessment (2000 words) and the assessment criteria for the impact case study will be the same as those agreed for the seminars by the class at the beginning of the trimester. You will have received formative feedback on your seminar and annotated bibliography, and you should respond to this in your impact case study. You will also be given an exemplar of a case study to help you with this.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 10
Face To Face Seminar 20
Independent Learning Groupwork (Independent Study) 20
Independent Learning Guided independent study 150
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Report 100 1,2,3,4,5 14/15 HOURS= 00.00, WORDS= 2000
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
BMS10108 Trends in Biomedical Sciences