Module title: Cellular and Molecular Pathology (Sri Lanka)

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

Module code: BMS10804
Module leader: Craig Stevens
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: Biomedical Science


2019/0, Trimester 1, Face-to-Face,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: Face-to-Face
Location of delivery: SRI LANKA
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Craig Stevens
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
The module is taught as face-to-face lectures along with supporting tutorials. These lectures and tutorial cover all learning outcomes and explain core concepts of the module. The assessment strategy is outlined in week 1 both in a written and verbal format in order to allow students the opportunity to ask questions and to provide feedback. Each lecture includes a series of tasks or activities that require the students to develop and assimilate the information provided and develop their skills of critical analysis, data analysis, hypothesis generation and study design. Feedback is provided to individual students during the task as well as to the group as a whole on completion of the task.

Formative Assessment:
Formative assessment occurs regularly by provision of tasks to complete during lectures and tutorials with feedback provided immediately. For example:
- Interpretation of published research papers is practised (with focus on experimental techniques).
- Information gathered from multiple sources is collated to generate conclusions or hypotheses.
- Communication skills are developed as students are required to work in pairs or small groups.
- Written communication skills are developed by reviewing draft versions of coursework (abstract, hypothesis/study design).

Summative Assessment:
Summative assessment occurs in weeks 4 and 12, with a 250 word abstract (week 4) and a 2000 word hypothesis/ study design (week 12). For the abstract students will be given a copy of a research proposal containing high quality study design, and asked to write an abstract based upon the research proposal. For the hypothesis/Study design students will choose a disease/area of research covered in the module. Students will be asked to write a hypothesis and study design based upon available published, peer reviewed literature and information gathered from other sources. The specific topic will depend upon the research areas/expertise of participating local tutors and provides opportunity for local tutors to take ownership of student learning and assessment.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 22
Face To Face Tutorial 10
Independent Learning Guided independent study 168
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Project - Written 30 1,2 & 3 4 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 250
Project - Written 70 1,2 & 3 12 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 2000
Component 1 subtotal: 30
Component 2 subtotal: 70
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

In this module you will study the factors that induce disease at a cellular and a molecular level, such as environmental stimuli, genetic factors and viral infections. You will also learn about mechanisms of disease such as inflammation, oxidative stress, cell signalling alterations and developmental processes. You will then study disease outcomes, including cancer and Inflammatory diseases. In addition to scientific content you will develop skills in data analysis and interpretation, critical analysis, hypothesis generation, study design and communication skills. The specific module content will depend upon the research areas/expertise of participating local tutors and will focus on the molecular mechanisms of disease processes.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to:
LO1: Use multiple sources of information to investigate the role of intracellular signalling pathways in disease processes.
LO2: Interpret published literature in order to explain a variety of disease mechanisms at a molecular level using specific examples.
LO3: Use scientific literature and skills of critical analysis to generate abstract, hypotheses and study designs.

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