Core Module Information
Module title: Scientific Skills [Hong Kong]

SCQF level: 11:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: BMS11603
Module leader: Sharron Vass
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: LIFE SCIENCES


Description of module content:

In this module you will develop an appreciation of the history and philosophy of science and, specifically, a critical awareness of issues and advances in biomedical science. You will also develop skills in team working, communication and presentation through the development and delivery of a high quality seminar presentation, and in the generic competencies required for a scientific research project. This module will include - the nature of science, the scientific literature and the principles of scientific method, including planning a research proposal; scientific data handling and analysis, with data provided by local tutors; current topics in the scientific literature and the media detailing concepts, technology and ethical issues relating to biomedical science.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to:
LO1: Plan a scientific investigation and develop a research proposal which, where necessary, takes both legal and ethical requirements into account.
LO2: Select and apply appropriate methods (including statistics) for data analysis, and demonstrate an ability to make informed judgements from complex data.
LO3: Analyse and interpret DNA and protein sequence data using bioinformatics.
LO4: Demonstrate analytical, communication and team-working skills.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 1, BLENDED,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: BLENDED
Location of delivery: HONG KONG
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Sharron Vass
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
A combination of directed learning and a student-centred approach will be adopted with students undertaking a high degree of responsibility for their learning.
LO 1: Students will be introduced to, and familiarised with, the nature of scientific enquiry, the scientific literature, and the principles of scientific method.
This will include planning a research proposal of approx. 2,000 words.
LOs 2 & 3: Local tutors will teach data handling and analysis from their own personal research background. This may vary from year to year. Interpretation skills will be fostered by the teaching team. Feedback will be provided and students will be asked to reflect on the comments and discussions in order to consider how to improve upon their performance.
LOs 2 & 4: A number of current topics in biomedical science will be suggested for critical analysis for a group seminar presentation, although students will be free to choose their own topics (with the agreement of local tutors). Students will research the literature and deliver a PowerPoint presentation.

Students will be encouraged to enter into debate about each other’s presentations (either locally or via a VLE/ Moodle discussion group), although assessment will be by local tutors.

Key employability skills are embedded and assessed in this module. Critical thinking, oral and written communication skills, team work, problem-solving skills and a range of IT skills are required for the completion of the various assessments.

The module is supported by a VLE (Moodle) which is used to provide class materials (including lectures and tutorials/workshops), resource such as animations, videos, direct links to relevant web-based resource, e:submission of all coursework and independent study materials to cover expected prior-learning. Reflecting the discipline, students use a wide range of web-based tools to accomplish in silico analysis.

Formative Assessment:
Formative assessment/feedback occurs during and tutorial sessions when students have the opportunity to compare their solutions/data with model answers. Much of the content of this module revolves around development of hypotheses and research questions, and interpretation of data. Feedback will be provided and students will be asked to reflect on the comments and discussions in order to consider how to improve upon their performance.

Summative Assessment:
Summative assessment takes the form of a 20 minute group seminar presentation in week 13/14 (LOs 1, 3 & 4), in week 11 a research proposal (LOs 1 & 2), and in week 10 a data-handling exercise (LO3).

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 12
Face To Face Tutorial 16
Online Tutorial 16
Online Guided independent study 50
Independent Learning Guided independent study 106
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Oral Presentation 40 1,3,4 13 HOURS= 0.20, WORDS= 0
Report 25 3 10 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 2000
Report 35 1 & 2 11 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 2000
Component 1 subtotal: 40
Component 2 subtotal: 60
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
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