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    • UNIVERSITY OF BRIGHTON PROGRAMME SPECIFICATION MSc Biomedical Science PART 1: COURSE SUMMARY INFORMATION1 Awarding body University of Brighton School Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences Faculty Science and Engineering Partner institution(s) n/a Course status Validation/Franchise/Joint2 Host Department Location of Study/campus Moulsecoomb Professional, Statutory and Institute of Biomedical Science Regulatory Body Award and titles Award Title Final award MSc Biomedical Sciences (Haematology and Transfusion Science); Biomedical Sciences(Cellular Pathology); Biomedical Sciences (Clinical Biochemistry); Biomedical Sciences (Medical Microbiology) Intermediate award Postgraduate Biomedical Sciences (Haematology and Transfusion Diploma Science); Biomedical Sciences (Cellular Pathology); Biomedical Sciences (Clinical Biochemistry); Biomedical Sciences (Medical Microbiology) Intermediate award Postgraduate Biomedical Sciences; Certificate Biomedical Sciences (Haematology and Transfusion Science); Biomedical Sciences (Cellular Pathology); Biomedical Sciences (Clinical Biochemistry); Biomedical Sciences (Medical Microbiology) Mode of study Duration Maximum registration period of study (standard) Full-time n/a Sandwich n/a Part Time 2 or 3 years 4 or 5 years Distance n/a Start date for programme September 2008 Course codes/categories JACS code UCAS code QAA Subject Benchmark Biomedical Science CATS points for course 180M MSc; 120M PGDip; 60M PGCert Admissions Agency UCAS GTTR NMAS Direct to School X 1 Information from Part 1 is entered onto the courses database 2 Delete/cross through as appropriate
    • Admissions criteria The entry qualifications are: • an BSc Honours award in Biomedical Science which is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science; or • an equivalent qualification supplemented by additional academic achievement and/or professional experience which are deemed capable of enabling candidates to complete the programme. All applicants will be considered by the Admissions Tutor. Those seeking to enter without a recognised Honours award or equivalent may be interviewed by a panel of course tutors and may be advised to undertake a period of prior study. Applicants with acceptable accredited prior learning may be awarded M level CATS points. Applicants will be selected on the basis of references and interview. Applicants will normally be working as a HPC-registered Biomedical Scientist in a pathology services laboratory approved by the IBMS for training purposes. Those who are not in such employment may be accepted provided they can obtain suitable laboratory experience during the course. Contacts Course Leader (or Course Development Leader) Dr Sarah Pitt Admissions Tutor Dr Jim Cunningham Examination and Assessment External Examiner(s) Dr Simon Oldroyd Examination Board(s) (AEB/CEB) MSc Biomedical Sciences AEB/CEB Approval/start dates Start date (month/session) September 2008 Approval date Review date Validation 2007 2012 Programme Specification 2009 2010 PART 2: COURSE DETAILS AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES Aims: The aims of the programme are to: • meet the needs of the local biomedical community for postgraduate qualifications and professional development within a framework that complements the Institute of Biomedical Science ‘Specialist Portfolio’ in specified specialist disciplines; • enable students to develop and apply knowledge and skills in a specialist discipline of diagnostic laboratory medicine; • enable students to develop expertise in reflective practice, management and research in a diagnostic laboratory setting; • enable students to improve their critical appraisal skills through examination of current issues in biomedical science and healthcare and to communicate their findings appropriately. Learning Knowledge and theory: outcomes Course objectives, listed below, are achieved through the programme of specified modules. Individual module outcomes detail generic and subject specific knowledge and skills appropriate to the level of study. Criteria used to define and assess level of learning are as given in the School Academic Procedures and Quality Manual. By the end of the course students will have developed knowledge and understanding of the following specific areas:
    • • underlying pathobiology of selected disease states and therapies in a specialist discipline area of biomedical science (LO1; • principles and practice of current analytical techniques in a specialist discipline of biomedical science (LO2); • current and emerging techniques in molecular biology and their novel applications to laboratory diagnosis (LO3); • principles of management, supervision and reflective practice in the professional setting of a diagnostic Biomedical Science laboratory (LO4); • research project design and analysis (LO5); • reflective practice in a professional workplace setting (LO6). Skills: • Evaluation, analysis and problem solving in diagnostic case studies and research project; • Reflective practice skills developed in a professional workplace setting; • Professional skills in application of knowledge and understanding of selected disease states and therapies to undertake complex evaluative procedures in associated laboratory diagnostic tests and techniques; • Application of specialized knowledge to investigate issues in laboratory management and to design laboratory protocols; • Planning, organization and time management in research project and case study and reflective practice portfolio work. PROGRAMME STRUCTURE Level Status* Module Title Credit M M1 BYM21 Haematology 30 M M1 BYM22 Haematology and Transfusion Science 30 1 M M BYM23 Medical Microbiology A 30 M M1 BYM24 Medical Microbiology B 30 M M1 BYM25 Cellular Pathology A 30 M M1 BYM26 Cellular Pathology B 30 M M1 BYM27 Clinical Biochemistry A 30 M M1 BYM28 Clinical Biochemistry B 30 M M BYM06 Biomedical Science Laboratory Management 20 M C BYM04 Applied Molecular Biology 20 M C2 BYM36 Research Methods Workshops 10 M C2 BYM35 Research Methods 20 M C BYM90 Research Project 60 M O PYM06 Oxidative Stress and Human Disease 10 M O PYM05 Diabetes 10 M O PYM07 Pharmacogenomics 10 M O CHM02 Advanced Instrumental Analysis 10 3 O MS326 Biomedical Statistics 10 3 O BY342 Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering 10 Status: C= Compulsory module O= Optional M= Mandatory M1 Students must pass 60 credits in one of the discipline-specific (DS)topics by a combination of 2 x 30 credit modules as follows: a) Haematology and Transfusion Sciences (BYM21 Haematology plus BYM22 Haematology and Transfusion Sciences); b)Medical Microbiology (BYM23 Medical Microbiology A plus BYM24 Medical Microbiology B); c) Cellular Pathology (BYM25 Cellular Pathology A plus BYM26 Cellular Pathology B); d) Clinical Biochemistry (BYM27 Clinical Biochemistry A plus BYM28 Clinical Biochemistry B)
    • C2 Students study either BYM35 Research Methods or BYM36 Research Methods Workshops. Module is selected according to prior qualifications and/or experience in research methodology in consultation with the Course Leader. Pattern of module delivery Compulsory course modules other than the Research Project are delivered on a two-yearly cycle. The course can be studied over 2, or 3 years as follows: 2 year route Year Semester/p modules credits1 eriod 1 1 Discipline-specific module A (15) Applied Molecular Biology or (10) Biomedical Laboratory Management 2 Discipline-specific module A (15) Applied Molecular Biology or (10) Biomedical laboratory Management Option module2 10 Summer Research Methods3 20 or Research Methods Workshops3 10 2 1 Discipline-specific module B (15) Applied Molecular Biology or (10) Biomedical Laboratory Management Project (20) 2 Discipline-specific module B (15) Applied Molecular Biology or Biomedical Laboratory Management (10) Project (20) summer Project (20) Semester 1 and 2 follow the Standard University semester dates. 'Summer' is the period between Semester 2 and Semester 1 of consecutive academic years. 1 where modules are studied over more than one semester credits shown in parenthesis are proportion of credits for semester indicated 2 10 credit Option module must be taken if 10 credit Research Methods Workshops (rather than 20 credit Research Methods) module taken 3 Research Methods and Research Methods Workshops lectures/seminars delivered intensively start of summer period. 3 year route Year Semester/ modules credits1 period 1 1 Discipline-specific module A (15) Applied Molecular Biology (10) 2 Discipline-specific module A (15)
    • Applied Molecular Biology (10) Option2 10 summer 2 1 Discipline-specific module B (15) Biomedical Laboratory Management (10) 2 Discipline-specific module B (15) Biomedical Laboratory Management (10) summer Research Methods3 20 or Research Methods Workshops3 10 3 1 project 20 2 project 20 summer Project 20 Semester 1 and 2 follow the Standard University semester dates. 'Summer' is the period between Semester 2 and Semester 1 of consecutive academic years. 1 where modules are studied over more than one semester credits shown in parenthesis are proportion of credits for semester indicated 2 10 credit Option module must be taken if 10 credit Research Methods Workshops (rather than 20 credit Research Methods) module taken 3 Research Methods and Research Methods Workshops lectures/seminars delivered intensively start of summer period. Pattern of course delivery over 6 years/ 3 cohorts (3 year route) Cohort 1 Cohort 2 Cohort 3 Year 1 S1 DS A Biomedical Lab. Management Year 1 S2 DS A option Year 2 S1 DS B DS B Applied Molecular Biology Applied Molecular Research Methods Biology Research Methods Workshops Year 2 S2 DS B DS B option Year 3 S1 Project DS A DS A Biomedical Lab. Biomedical Lab. Management Management Research Methods Research Methods Workshops Year 3 S2 Project DS A DS A option Year 4 S1 Project DS B Applied Molecular Biology Research Methods Research Methods Workshops Year 4 S2 Project DS B Year 5 S1 Project Year 6 S2 Project DS = discipline-specific module
    • Professional accreditation Accredited by Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS) (June 2007). A Masters degree accredited by the IBMS is acceptable as meeting the academic requirements for Chartered Scientists and entry to the Higher Specialist examination for Fellowship of the Institute. LEARNING, TEACHING AND ASSESSMENT Learning and The course is delivered via a mixture of: teaching • lectures and seminars (discipline-specific module, research methods, laboratory management, applied molecular biology); • practical workshops (DS, applied molecular biology); • directed student-centred study (all modules); • laboratory-based project work(BYM90). Employment of the student in a pathology services diagnostic laboratory (IBMS approved for training) is required for discipline-specific and reflective portfolio work for mandatory course modules BYM21, BYM22, BYM23, BYM24, BYM25, BYM26, BYM27, BYM28 and the laboratory-based research project (BYM90) Assessment Assessment strategies vary between modules and are mapped against module outcomes. All students will encounter the following general types of assessment: • specialist discipline case-study and problem-based assignments (LO1, LO2); • specialist discipline case-study and reflective portfolios (LO1, LO2, LO6); • viva voce (LO5, LO6); • written examination (LO3); • oral presentation (LO1, LO2, LO5); • specialist discipline work-related mini-project (LO3, LO4); • research proposal (LO5); • specialist discipline research project dissertation (LO5). REGULATIONS Regulations The course regulations are in accordance with the University's General Examination and Assessment Regulations (available from the school office or the Registry). In addition, the following course-specific regulations apply: • For the award of PGCert Biomedical Sciences (generic award)the student must pass at least 30 credits in one of the discipline-specific modules BYM21-BYM28; this should be combined with 20 credits from one of the course compulsory modules either BYM06 (Biomedical Laboratory Management) or BYM04 (Applied Molecular Biology) plus 10 credits from an option module • For the award of PGCert Biomedical Sciences (named route) students must pass both 30 credit discipline-specific modules appropriate to the named route (i.e BYM21 and BYM22 for Haematology and Transfusion Science; BYM23 and BYM24 for Medical Microbiology; BYM25 and BYM26 for Cellular Pathology; BYM27 and BYM28 for Clinical Biochemistry) • For the award of PGDip the student must pass 60 credits from the course discipline-specific modules for the appropriate named award and 20 credits from BYM06 (Biomedical Laboratory Management),together with 20 credits from module BYM04 (Applied Molecular Biology), plus 20 credits from either BYM35 (Research Methods Workshops) or a combination of BYM36 (Research Methods)plus an option module • Pass mark for M level modules is 50% • An award (PGCert, PGDip, MSc) with merit will be considered for students who achieve a mean mark of 60-69% over all modules studied
    • • An award (PGCert, PGDip, MSc) with distinction will be considered for students who achieve a mean mark of 70% or greater over all modules studied PROFESSIONAL AND STATUORY BODY DETAILS (optional) Institute of Biomedical Science 12 Coldbath Square London EC1 5HL www.ibms.org LEARNING SUPPORT Central support: all students benefit from: University induction week; Student Handbook; Extensive library facilities; Computer pool rooms; E-mail address; Welfare service. Course specific: in addition, students on this course benefit from: • Access to School and course sections of university 'virtual learning' intranet system StudentCentral • Course Handbook • School Study Skills, Assessment and Safety Handbook • Student Welfare Officer • Student support and guidance tutor ADDITIONAL INFORMATION More detailed information about the course can be found in a range of documents, including: Student Course Handbook; School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences Study Skills, Assessment and Safety Handbook; StudentCentral; University Student Handbook; General Examination and Assessment Regulations for Taught Courses. QUALITY INDICATORS QAA Subject Review outcome and date 22 (Molecular and Organismal Biosciences, May 2000) National student awards Professional accreditation: Institute of Biomedical Science: accreditation [full details of professional accreditation can be found under course structure]