This course introduces the students to the biomedical sciences and its various disciplines. It outlines the career opportunities that are available for biomedical scientists. This course uses laboratory sessions in conjunction with lectures and tutorials to start developing the student's skills in research design and practical measurement of human function.
On successful completion of the course students will be able to:
1. Describe the scope of biomedical research and career opportunities
2. Recognise laboratory hazards and describe safe laboratory practice
3. Understand how to conduct scientific experiments and measure basic properties of the human body and molecules
4. Perform simple interpretation and analysis of data collected from scientific experiments
5. Appropriately format data tables and figures for reporting of results from laboratory sessions
6. Describe scientific integrity and learn how to appropriately cite scientific information.
1. Introduction to the scope of biomedical research including an overview of career opportunities.
2. Philosophy of Science, particularly experimentation in the biomedical sciences.
3. Introduction to the process of conducting biomedical research and laboratory skills required including:
- Recognition of laboratory hazards and safe laboratory practice
- Development of a testable hypothesis- Deciding on experimental protocols to test a hypothesis
- Use of appropriate controls
- Conducting an experiment
- Collection of data and introduction to the interpretation and analysis of data
- Preparing data for reports detailing the results of experiments and conclusions
- Introduction to the library's biomedical resources, searching journal databases for research articles and use of appropriate referencing of all sources of information.
- Introduction to scientific integrity
4. Measurement in biomedical science including:
- The types of approaches used to measure properties of the body
- Introduction to variation and errors in measurement
- Measurement of biological signals
- An introduction to microscopy
Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Laboratory Skills Task - What Can I Learn from the Data *
Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Laboratory Report - Bradford Protein Assay *
In Term Test: Post Laboratory Exam x 2 *
* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.
In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:
General Course Requirements:
- Laboratory: There is a compulsory attendance requirement in this course. - This course has objectives and assessment that relate to laboratory skills, so it is a requirement that you achieve a satisfactory level of attendance at laboratory sessions. Students who miss a laboratory session, and have grounds for an adverse circumstances request, will be provided alternative arrangements to meet these objectives.
- Laboratory: Induction Requirement - Students must attend and pass the induction requirements before attending these sessions. - Students must attend and pass the induction requirements before attending these sessions.
Course Assessment Requirements:
- In Term Test: Attempt / Submission Requirement - Students must attempt/submit this assessment item to pass the course.
- Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Attempt / Submission Requirement - Students must attempt/submit this assessment item to pass the course.
Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 1 Weeks
Face to Face On Campus 28 hour(s) per Term Full Term
Face to Face On Campus 31 hour(s) per Term Full Term
2 hours per week for 12 weeks and 1 hour per week for 3 weeks and two in-term examinations.
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