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SM2001: FOUNDATION SKILLS FOR MEDICAL SCIENCES (2017-2018)

Last modified: 16 Nov 2016 18:26


Course Overview

  • this course is the cornerstone to all the advanced science courses in later years and provides you with key skills for success in science; 
  • feedback from employers drove the course design to give specific and focused science skills to enhance your employability;
  • analytical, professional, data interpretation, experimental design and problem solving skills are core elements that are essential for any graduate career portfolio;
  • this course and the additional specifically developed online resources have been commended by employers and students alike.


Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 2
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Derryck Shewan

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Programme Level 2

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)
  • One of BI1507 The Cell (Passed) or SF1503 The Cell (Foundation) (Passed) or SM1501 The Cell (Passed)
  • One of Anatomy (AN) (Studied) or Biochemistry (BC) (Studied) or Biotechnology (BT) (Studied) or Developmental Biology (DB) (Studied) or Genetics (GN) (Studied) or Immunology (IM) (Studied) or Molecular Biology (MB) (Studied) or Microbiology (MC) (Studied) or Pharmacology (PA) (Studied) or Physiology (PY) (Studied) or Sports Science (SR) (Studied)
  • One of BI1507 The Cell (Passed) or SF1503 The Cell (Foundation) (Passed) or SM1501 The Cell (Passed)
  • One of Anatomy (AN) (Studied) or Biochemistry (BC) (Studied) or Biotechnology (BT) (Studied) or Developmental Biology (DB) (Studied) or Genetics (GN) (Studied) or Immunology (IM) (Studied) or Molecular Biology (MB) (Studied) or Microbiology (MC) (Studied) or Pharmacology (PA) (Studied) or Physiology (PY) (Studied) or Sports Science (SR) (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • BI2005 Foundation Skills for Life Sciences (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

This course focuses on developing core skills for medical scientists and is required for all students with degree intentions in the School of Medical Sciences. The course is designed to increase confidence and competence in numerical manipulations, to understand and interpret different ways of presenting scientific data, to comprehend simple statistical analysis and how to use it, to understand the basis of scientific investigation and the importance of hypothesis driven enquiry, to practice numerical and practical skills, and to develop transferable skills related to teamwork, time management, communication and information technology. These skills are delivered by means of PRS-led workshops that students undertake in groups of 3, online practice questions and problem solving tasks in the context of scientific research, and individual assessments under examination conditions. Supervision is provided by a number of academic staff, bestowing expert advice as well as fostering student-staff engagement and encouraging conversation and tuition among your peers and lecturers.

Further Information & Notes

All students in the School of Medical Sciences are required to take this course, which develops and enhances the foundation skills for further study of all disciplines within the School.

Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed

  • BSc Biochemistry
  • BSc Biochemistry (Biobusiness)
  • BSc Biochemistry (Immunology)
  • BSc Biomedical Sciences (Anatomy)
  • BSc Biomedical Sciences (Develop'l Biol)
  • BSc Biomedical Sciences (Molecular Biol)
  • BSc Biomedical Sciences (Pharmacology)
  • BSc Biomedical Sciences (Physiology)
  • BSc Biotechnology (Applied Molecular Bio)
  • BSc Exercise and Health Science
  • BSc Genetics
  • BSc Genetics (Biobusiness)
  • BSc Genetics (Immunology & Biobusiness)
  • BSc Genetics (Immunology)
  • BSc Human Embryology & Dev'l Biology
  • BSc Immunology
  • BSc Immunology & Pharmacology (Biobus)
  • BSc Immunology (Biobusiness)
  • BSc Immunology and Pharmacology
  • BSc Microbiology
  • BSc Molecular Biology
  • BSc Molecular Biology (Biobusiness)
  • BSc Neuroscience with Psychology
  • BSc Pharmacology
  • BSc Pharmacology (Biobusiness)
  • BSc Physiology
  • BSc Sports & Exercise Science
  • BSc Sports Studies (Exercise and Health)
  • BSc in Biomedical Sciences (Pharmacology & Biobusiness)
  • BSc in Biotechnology (Applied Molecular Biology & Biobusines
  • Bachelor Of Science In Microbiology (Biobusiness)
  • Bachelor Of Science In Physiology (Biobusiness)
  • Bcs in Neuroscience with Psychology (Biobusiness)
  • Bsc In Biomedical Sciences (Anatomy & Biobusiness)
  • Bsc In Biomedical Sciences (Dev Biology & Biobusiness)
  • Bsc In Biomedical Sciences (Molecular & Biobusiness)
  • Bsc In Biomedical Sciences (Physiology & Biobusiness)
  • Bsc In Human Embryology & Developmental Biology (Biobusiness
  • Bsc In Immunology And Pharmacology (Biobusiness)
  • Bsc In Sports & Exercise Science (Bio Bus) With Ind Pla
  • Bsc In Sports Studies (Exercise & Health & Biobusiness)
  • MSci Biochemistry (Biobusiness) with Ind Plt
  • MSci Biochemistry with Industrial Placement
  • MSci Biotechnology (Ap Mol Bio & Biobusiness) with Ind'l P'mnt
  • MSci Genetics (Biobusines) with Ind'l Pl'mnt
  • MSci Genetics (Immunology) with Ind'l Pl'mnt
  • MSci Genetics with Industrial Placement
  • MSci Immunology with Industrial Placement
  • MSci Microbiology with Industrial Placement
  • MSci Molecular Biology with Indust Placem
  • MSci Neuroscience with Psychology & in Pl't
  • MSci Pharmacology with Industrial Placement
  • MSci Physiology with Industrial Placement
  • MSci Sports & Exercise Sci with Ind Plac't
  • MSci in Biomedical Sci (Developm'l Biology) with Ind Placm't
  • MSci in Biomedical Science (Anatomy) with Indust'l Placement
  • MSci in Biomedical Science (Molecular Biol) with Ind Plac't
  • MSci in Biomedical Science (Pharmacology) with Ind'l Pla'mnt
  • MSci in Biomedical Science (Physiology) with Ind'l Placement
  • MSci in Biotechnology(Appd Molecular Bio) with Ind Placement
  • MSci in Exercise and Health Science with Ind'l Plac
  • MSci in Human Embryology & Developmental Bio with Ind Plac't
  • MSci in Immunology and Pharmacology with Indust'l Placement
  • MSci in Molecular Biology (Biobusiness) with Industri Placem
  • MSci in Sports Studies (Exercise and Health) with Ind'l Plac
  • Master In Science In Immunology (Bio Bus) With Ind Pla
  • Master In Science In Microbiology(Biobus) With Ind Pla
  • Master In Science In Pharmacology (Bio Bus) With Ind Pla
  • Master In Science In Physiology (Bio Bus) With Ind Pla
  • Msci In Biomedical Sciences (Anatomy & Bio Bus) With Ip
  • Msci In Biomedical Sciences (Develo Biolo & Bio Bus) With Ip
  • Msci In Biomedical Sciences (Molecular Bio& Biobus) With Ip
  • Msci In Biomedical Sciences (Pharmacology & Bio Bus) With Ip
  • Msci In Genetics (Immunology & Biobusiness) With Ip
  • Msci In Neuroscience With Psychology (Bio Bus) With Ind Pla
  • Msci In Sports & Exercise Science (Bio Bus) With Ind Pla
  • Msci In Sports Studies (Exercise & Health & Bio Bus) With Ip

Contact Teaching Time

39 hours

This is the total time spent in lectures, tutorials and other class teaching.

Teaching Breakdown


Assessment

1st Attempt: There are 5 assessments and a practical project. Each assessment has to be passed, students retake any failed assessment until they pass, although limited to a CAS 9 for any attempt other than their first.

Formative Assessment

PRS-based questions in the lectures. Workshop material allows them to practise the skills with lots of staff for assistance and feedback. Practice questions give full feedback on the answers.

Feedback

Students given feedback in lectures, workshops and practice sessions on the web. Further personal tuition is provided if required, by teaching staff or the Student Learning Service.

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