CELL BIOLOGY AND GENETICS
This module will deal with the fundamental characteristics and features of living cells and will be of interest to students who wish to increase their understanding of biological processes at the cellular level. The module will cover the structure and function of the major cellular components, the roles of the various types of specialised cells in the human body. The module also will provide students with a sound understanding of the basic characteristics of the major groups of microorganisms (bacteria, archaea, fungi) and viruses, including practical experience of handling and examining non-pathogenic bacteria in the laboratory. A major component of study will be the fundamentals of genetics. A broad introduction to the basic principles of heredity, including molecular, classical, human and microbial genetics and the structure and behaviour of genes will be prescribed.
PRINCIPLES OF IMMUNOLOGY
This module will deal with the structure and function of the human immune system and its role in health and disease. It will be of interest to students who wish to understand how the principal defense system of the human body operates, Topics covered will include non-specific and acquired immunity, the principal cells and molecules of the immune system and the ways in which they interact to provide an immune response.
INTRODUCTORY PATHOLOGICAL SCIENCES
This module will provide the student with theoretical knowledge and practical experience of the four major specialist areas within Pathological Sciences. The student will be introduced to the roles of the various laboratories within a modern Pathology Department, gaining experience in each of the specialist areas.
PRACTICAL SKILLS FOR BIOSCIENCES
This module enables students to develop skills necessary for techniques employed in laboratory sciences. These include techniques related to microbiology, histology, biology and biochemistry. It introduces students to methods of data handling and interpretation, including numerical and graphical approaches.
APPLIED ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY
This module will provide students with a thorough grounding in the anatomical structure and major physiological functions of the human body. This will be essential to students who wish to understand how the various systems of the human body operate.
The purpose of this module is to prepare students for the study of scientific subjects and for subsequent employment. Study skills, such as time management are introduced early to enable students to learn to plan activities and multi-task whilst working effectively on a number of topics. Use of statistical software enables students to manage data produced throughout their degrees. Scientific communication sessions introduce electronic and paper based information sources and enable the development of good practice in extracting, using and reviewing information from these sources. The legal and ethical framework within which scientists currently work will also be explored.
The module will provide an introduction to the structure and function of the principal molecular components of living systems, and the actions and properties of enzymes. The first part of the module will provide a foundation for this by explaining relevant chemical concepts. Following this an investigation will be conducted into the structure, nomenclature, functions and significance of carbohydrates, lipids, proteins and nucleic acids, in order to provide a foundation for the study of metabolic biochemistry at a higher academic level.
BIOTECHNIQUES AND PRACTICAL MOLECULAR GENETICS
This module will provide a sound theoretical framework and practical experience of a range of fundamental techniques used in the biosciences. It will be of interest to students wishing to broaden their understanding of the techniques and methods used to analyse DNA, macromolecular mixtures and biological fluids. The topics covered will include molecular labelling, separation techniques, analytical methods and molecular biology.
THE BIOLOGY OF DISEASE
The module will provide a thorough grounding in the causes and consequences of damage to cells, increase understanding of the pathological effects of cellular injury, and explore the consequences of changes in external environment and disease on the physiology of the human body, delivered by lectures, alongside seminars/tutorials and assessed by examination, assignments and seminar.
This module will provide the student with knowledge and understanding to appreciate the role of Clinical Biochemistry in the diagnosis, treatment and monitoring of some common diseases. The practical sessions will provide an opportunity to develop their practical skills and understanding of the methods applied. Interpretation of the test results generated by these practicals will develop an appreciation of their significance.
This module will provide the student with knowledge and understanding of cellular pathology as a specialised aspect of diagnostic pathology. It will provide in-depth information on normal and pathological aspects of organ histology and the application of routine diagnostic techniques such as processing, microtomy and staining. It will also provide a sound understanding of the theory and practice of both cytology and immunocytochemistry/cytology/electron microscopy.
HAEMATOLOGY AND TRANSFUSION SCIENCE
This module will build upon the knowledge and practical experience from Introductory Pathological Sciences. The roles of the haematology laboratory and hospital transfusion laboratory in the diagnosis, monitoring and treatment of disease will be made apparent.
CELLULAR AND IMMUNOLOGICAL METHODS
This module aims to provide students with theoretical knowledge and practical experience of culturing mammalian cells and of immunological methods, subjects that are closely related. The application of such methods will be illustrated. The module will benefit students who wish to develop their practical skills in these areas of bioscience, together with fostering an understanding of the underlying principles.
This module is designed for students who wish to develop their understanding of medical microbiology as a specialised aspect of biomedical science. It will provide in-depth information on the fundamental microbiology underlying microbial disease as illustrated by the study of infectious diseases of a range of body systems, and a range of pathogenic microbes associated with those systems.
This module will enable students to develop their knowledge and understanding of the biochemical basis of living systems. This will be accomplished by in-depth study of the structure and function of enzymes and their roles in metabolism. The major pathways involved in the metabolism of carbohydrates, lipids and proteins will be studied along with their control and the contributions they make to the fast and fed cycles. The module will provide a sound foundation for further study of biochemistry, including the molecular basis of disease.
PATHOLOGY IN PRACTICE
This module will provide students with an understanding of the integrated approach of pathology disciplines in the diagnosis, monitoring and treatment of diseases through problem based learning. Pathological principles of the diseases and disorders of a range of organ/systems will be explored from a clinical investigative perspective.
ANALYTICAL METHODS AND APPLIED GENETICS
This module will provide students with in-depth knowledge of a range of biomedical techniques used in the investigation and diagnosis of disease. Students will be introduced to biosensors, spectroscopy (e.g. nuclear magnetic resonance, mass spectroscopy, flow cytometry), separation techniques (e.g. capillary electrophoresis, 2 dimensional electrophoresis, advanced chromatographic seperations) and advanced molecular genetics techniques, together with their biomedical applications. The importance of the Human Genome Project will be discussed and students will be encouraged to consider its ethical, legal and social implications. The use of bioinformatics in Biomedical Sciences will also be investigated both from a research and diagnostic point of view.
This module will build on the underlying principles of immunology and introduces the student to the clinical aspects of the immune response. It will develop an understanding and knowledge of the immune responses in infections, allergies, tumours, immunodeficiency states and autoimmune disorders. The role of the clinical laboratory in the diagnosis, monitoring and treatment of immunological disorders will be covered
MOLECULAR CELL INTERACTIONS
This module explores the molecular events that underpin cellular communication and serve to maintain cellular homeostasis. These signalling events often involve a chain of protein to protein interactions which, when modified due to factors such as toxicity or mutation, lead to disease processes. Alongside the induction of pathogenesis the module explains how recent advances in biochemical, molecular or pharmacological therapies can be used to combat human disease.
To enable students in engage in a research project and to present their evaluation of the relevant primary literature and their own findings in a written report. Laboratory and/or computer based work will provide the students with the appropriate practical skills and independent and directed learning will be used to facilitate literature evaluation.
SCIENTIFIC LITERATURE REVIEW
This module will be the main opportunity for students to investigate the literature on a topic of their own choice, selected under guidance from their supervisor, and to present their evaluation of the literature orally and in a written report. Independent and directed learning will be used to facilitate literature evaluation.
Profile of lecturers and their respective teaching models
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The average lecturer/student ratio is 1 : 30 (tutorial)
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