Biomedical Science Modules 2017/18

This page lists the all BMS modules - undergraduate and taught postgraduate - their credit value, the semester in which they are taught and their prerequisites.

Year 1: Lecture Modules

Please note: the 'BMS109 Introduction to Biomedical Science' module is available to BMS109 students ONLY. However, this course comprises several lecture sub-component lecture modules, which are available as an individual module unit to students outside the department of Biomedical Science.

Code Module Semester Credits Assessment
BMS109 Introduction to Biomedical Science All Year 110 M
Unit Components of BMS109
S C A
Pathobiology (BMS106)* 1B 10 E
Developmental Biology 1A 10 E
Physiology with Pharmacology (BMS108)* 2 20 E
Cell Biology 1 20 E
Neuroscience (BMS153)* 2 20 E
Principles of Molecular Biology 1 10 E

*Available as an individual module to students outside the department of Biomedical Science - Code indicated.

S= Semester; C = Credits: A = Assessment (N = No formal written examination; E = Examination only; M = Mixture of exam and other methods).

Code Module Pre-requisites S C A
BMS110 Research Topics in Biomedicine None. Limited availability. 2 10 M
BMS114 Stem Cells and Society None. Limited availability. 2 10 E
Year 1: Practical Modules
Code Module Title Semester Credits Assessment
BMS109 Laboratory Skills in Biomedical Science 1 - M
BMS109 Introduction to the Study of Organ Systems 2 - M

Please note BMS109 practicals are available to BMS109 students only.

Assessment: M = Mixture of exam and other methods.

Year 2: Course Modules
Code Title Semester Credits Assessment
BMS221* Physiology in the Extreme 2 10 M
BMS226* Communicating Bioscience 1 10 M
BMS227 Career Development Skills 1 & 2 10 M
BMS235 Integrated Physiology and Pharmacology 1 30 M
BMS236 Building Nervous Systems 1 20 M
BMS237 Advanced Developmental Biology 2 20 M
BMS238 Cell and Molecular Biology 2 20 M
BMS246 Introduction to Human Anatomy 1 and 2 20 M

Assessment: N = No formal written examination; E = Examination only; M = Mixture of exam and other methods.

*Available as an individual module to students outside the department of Biomedical Science.

BMS224, BMS270 and BMS271 are available as an individual module to students outside the department of Biomedical Science.

Year 3: Lecture Modules

 

Code Title Semester Credits Assessment
BMS301 Membrane Receptors 1A 10 E
BMS303 Molecular Physiology of Ion Channels, and Human Disease 1B 10 E
BMS311 The Kidney in Health and Disease 2B 10 E
BMS326 Modelling Human Disease 1B 10 E
BMS346 Epithelial Physiology in Health and Disease 2A 10 E
BMS353 Bioinformatics for Biomedical Science 1B 10 M
BMS354 Tissue Engineering in Biomedical Science 2B 10 E
BMS355 Sensory Neuroscience 2B 10 M
BMS356 Biomedical Technology and Drug Development 1A 10 N
BMS376 Membrane Trafficking 1A 10 M
BMS379 Cancer Biology 2A 10 E
BMS381 Developmental Neurobiology 1A 10 E
BMS382 Stem Cell Biology 2A 10 E

Assessment: N = No formal written examination; E = Examination only; M = Mixture of exam and other methods.

Year 3: Non-BMS Lecture Modules
Code Title Semester Credits Assessment
CDL301 Cardiovascular Pharmacology: Personalising Medicine 2A 10 M
CDL302 Pharmacology of Respiratory Disease 1A 10 M
MED310 Neurobiological Basis of Brain Disease – Neurodegeneration 2A 10 E
Year 3: Practical Modules

Note: Level 3 Project and Dissertation Modules are available to BMS based students only.

Code Title Semester Credits Assessment
BMS316 Group Research Initiatives 2A 10 N
BMS319 Pharmacological Techniques 2A 10 M
BMS329 Neuroscience Techniques 2 20 N
BMS339 Patients as Educators Project 1 30 N
BMS349 Extended Library Project (autumn) 1 30 N
BMS352 Forensic Anatomy 2 20 E
BMS359 Extended Library Project (spring) 2 30 N
BMS369 Laboratory Research Project 1 30 N
BMS370 Developmental Genetics 1A 10 N
BMS385 Practical Cell Biology 1A 10 N

Assessment: N = No formal written examination; E = Examination only; M = Mixture of exam and other methods.

Year 4: Course Modules
Code Title Credits Assessment
BMS401 Retrieval and Evaluation of Research Information 30 M
BMS402 Laboratory Research Project 60 M
BMS403 Critical Analysis of Current Science 15 M
BMS404 Ethics, the Law and Public Awareness of Science 15 M

Assessment: M = Mixture of exam and other methods.

MSc Taught Course Modules

Taught programmes:

Code Module Title Credits
Core Modules
BMS6051 Retrieval and Evaluation of Research Information 30
BMS6052 Laboratory Research Project 60
BMS6053 Critical Analysis of Current Science 15
BMS6054 Ethics, the Law and Public Awareness of Science 15
Practical Modules  
BMS6012 3D Tissue Culture and Genome Editing (GADD only) 15
BMS6013 Small Molecule and Functional Genomic Screening (GADD only) 15
BMS6081 Human ES Cell Culture Techniques (SCRM only) 15
BMS6082 Practical Cell Biology (SCRM, MCBHD and BMS) 15
BMS6083 Practical Developmental Genetics (SCRM, MCBHD and BMS) 15
BMS6084 Pharmacological Techniques (BMS only) 15
BMS6329 Practical Neuroscience Techniques (SN and BMS) 15
Lecture Modules
BMS6011 The Biotech and Pharmaceutical Industry (GADD only) 15
BMS6014 Genomic Approaches to Drug Discovery (GADD only) 15
BMS6055 Modelling Human Disease (SCRM, MCBHD, BMS and GADD) 15
BMS6056 Stem Cell Biology (SCRM and BMS) 15
BMS6057 Cancer Biology (MCBHD and BMS) 15
BMS6061 Membrane Receptors (BMS only) 15
BMS6062 Molecular Physiology of Ion Channels and Human Disease (BMS only) 15
BMS6063 Epithelial Physiology in health and disease (MCBHD and BMS) 15
BMS6318 Developmental Neurobiology (BMS and SN) 15
BMS6355 Sensory Neuroscience (BMS and SN) 15
BMS6398 Tissue Engineering in Biomedical Science (SCRM and BMS) 15
CDL6301  Cardiovascular Pharmacology 15
PSY6307 Computational Neuroscience 1: Neurons and Neuronal Codes (SN only) 15

Add/Drop of modules

For students in level 2 and 3, where taking optional modules, you will be able to change your registration for lecture courses during the first two weeks of each half semester, but not after that.  Practical courses cannot normally be altered as they are core for routes.  You will only be able to change your registration after appropriate academic approval and the completion of an ADD/DROP.

The system can be accessed via MUSE. Log in as normal and go to the My Services tab / View all services for the link to the online system (under M - Module Add/Drop). Follow the instructions on screen.

Further information about the ADD/DROP procedure is now on-line via Student Services at: Online Module Add/Drop

Note that the website gives a limit for add/drop of 3 weeks from the start of the semester. Our limit is 2 weeks from the start of each half semester. If you are considering a change, do not wait until the end of the 2nd week of the module. You may attend lectures (not practicals) for modules for which you are not registered, as long as there is space and you don’t take the booklets etc., to see if the module is suitable for you.

You are able to add/drop electronically at the beginning of each semester, if you wish to add/drop at the beginning of a half semester ie 1b, 2b  then this is done via a paper form.

It must be stressed that if you do not follow the proper procedure for changing your registration, you will not be allowed to be assessed in any module or half-module for which you are not correctly registered.  

Course Structure

Faculty of Science: Module information by course (via the Programme Regulations Finder)

Undergraduate

Modules and Credits

  • At Level 1, there were only two units of teaching: one of 110 credits the other 10.
  • Level 2 teaching has modules with a range of credits from 10 - 30;
  • Level 3 teaching is currently divided into half-modules assigned a value of 10 credits. Ten credit modules usually run over six weeks of a semester, but occasionally run over the whole semester. 
  • Level 4 consists of a 60-credit laboratory-based research project and a 30-credit literature review, as well as two other 15-credit core modules.

One credit is ‘worth’ 10 hours of work (including independent study, revision, attendance at classes etc.)  Therefore we expect you to do 100 hours work for every 10 credits. To obtain a science degree you must take teaching units to a value of not fewer than 120 credits in each academic year.

Years and Levels

For full-time students a Level is identical to an academic year.  Rather than “first, second, third and fourth years” the terms Level 1, Level 2, Level 3 and Level 4 are used, together with Level 0 for the Foundation Year.  This reflects the fact that a modular degree structure is flexible, and it is possible for part-time students to take longer than one academic year to gain 120 credits.  It also recognizes that there is academic progression, i.e. that later levels of study build on the earlier ones.

Aims and Objectives (Our Commitment)

In order to implement the mission and aims of the University, the Department of Biomedical Science has a commitment to teaching and research.

Regulations

Each degree course has a structure prescribed by University Regulations.  In each year you will be required to take certain modules or half-modules, these are called core modules.  At Level 3 you will also have a choice of approved modules. Approved modules must be chosen from a list compiled by the department.

Some modules have prerequisites.  This means that you must have taken another module or modules before you will be allowed to take the module in question.  Prerequisites usually consist of module(s) at a lower level, but some can be at the same level.

Co-requisite means that if one module is taken another must be too.

Masters (MSc)

The MSc courses in BMS comprise 180 credits. 90 credits are associated with your compulsory research project - 30 credits for the background literature review and research proposal, and 60 credits for the practical work and dissertation. 

A further 15 credits are associated with each of two other compulsory modules - Critical analysis of current science and Ethics, law and public awareness of science.

In addition to these compulsory elements, students have the choice of two 15-credit lecture modules and two 15-credit practical modules to make up the remaining 60 credits.  The choice of lecture modules and the choice of practical modules are course specific. 

Please note that numbers of participants on some modules may be limited (‘capped’) in order to maintain an effective learning environment. This will be done on a clear and transparent system based on the application number of each student.

Overall MSc Course Structure 

Core modules (these are compulsory on all MSc programmes)

  • BMS6051 Retrieval and evaluation of research information - 30 credits
  • BMS6052 Laboratory research project - 60 credits
  • BMS6053 Critical analysis of current science - 15 credits
  • BMS6054 Ethics, the law and public awareness of science - 15 credits

Optional lecture modules (from 2 available)

  • BMS605x optional lecture module - 15 credits
  • BMS605y optional lecture module - 15 credits 

Optional practical modules (from 2 available)

  • BMS608x optional practical module - 15 credits
  • BMS608y optional practical module - 15 credits