LSC-10070 - Clinical Applications of Biomedical Science I
Coordinator: Rebecca D Harrison Room: HUX202 Tel: +44 1782 7 33056
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Level: Level 4
Credits: 30
Study Hours: 300
School Office: 01782 734414

Programme/Approved Electives for 2022/23

None

Available as a Free Standing Elective

No

Co-requisites

None

Prerequisites

None

Barred Combinations

None

Description for 2022/23

This module blends a combination of lectures and practical sessions with a problem-based learning (PBL) style, very popular in many medical courses, to help you fully engage with the subject.
Lectures are provided by a combination of research active lecturers and practising Healthcare Professions Council (HCPC) registered Biomedical Scientists. They will introduce you to the function and organisation of a typical hospital pathology laboratory and the investigation of human disease.
You will be introduced to the subject disciplines identified by the Institute of Biomedical Science: Haematology, Biochemistry, Cellular Pathology, Microbiology, Virology and Immunology. Within this module there is a particular focus on: Cellular Pathology, Microbiology and Virology.
You will explore the principles of anatomy, histology and medical microbiology in hands-on practical sessions.
Small group, problem-based learning tutorials will provide you an opportunity to properly contextualise this material by exploring patient cases. You will see how theory relates to practise and set your own learning objectives based on clinical scenarios such as cancer, alcoholic liver disease, HIV/AIDS and sepsis. PBL also provides a safe environment for you to gain confidence in your communication skills as you discuss the case, and personal findings, with the group.

Aims
To appreciate human disorders and disease from a scientific and an NHS pathology practitioner┐s perspective.
To introduce students to the environment of the hospital pathology laboratory.
To present the organisation and broad function of a typical large hospital pathology laboratory.
To understand and be able to apply some basic techniques employed in cellular pathology and medical microbiology laboratories.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Describe the role of biomedical scientists in the provision of patient-focused healthcare and the contribution made to the diagnosis, monitoring and treatment of disease with a specific focus on the role of Cellular Pathology, Medical Microbiology and Virology: 1,2,3,4,5
Describe a range of tests available from Pathology, particularly Cellular Pathology, Medical Microbiology and Virology, and explain the clinical relevance of these tests
: 1,2,3,4,5
Discuss the pathophysiology of human disease and investigate that using basic laboratory skills typically employed in a pathology laboratory
: 1,2,3,4,5
Evaluate, interpret and communicate laboratory-specific scientific data and clinical information from familiar and unfamiliar biomedical problems: 1,2,3,4,5
Explain the bioscience underpinning diagnostic techniques and clinical scenarios
: 1,2,3,4,5
Acquire, analyse, appraise, summarise and present information from a wide range of sources: 1,2,3
Take responsibility for your own learning and reflect upon that learning: 1,2,3
Identify and discuss relevant ethical issues arising from clinical scenarios: 1,2,3

Study hours

28 hours scheduled learning/teaching hours (12 x 1hr CBL, 6 x 1hr plenary seminars, 8 x 1hr taught content seminars, 2 x 1hr revision sessions)
15 x 6 hours engagement with asynchronous content (including initial consumption, wider reading and note taking)
36 hours preparation for case study tutorials
15 x 4 hours engagement with asynchronous content (including initial consumption, wider
reading and note taking)
12 x 2 hours preparation for case study tutorials
25 hours completion of clinical report
25 hours completion of case-based report
2 hours completing the audio-visual class tests
10 hours independent study

School Rules

None

Description of Module Assessment

1: Case Study weighted 25%
Clinical Report
Students will select one of four diseases as the basis of their case report. Each case report will consist of three sections with each section comprising of a number of short questions and answers. The sections will cover the following aspects of the disease; introduction to diagnosis, the role of pathology and treatment. The final section will also include a reflective element related to the sources used to complete the assignment. There is no intended word count. The aim is to provide as concise an answer as possible to avoid confusion. Generally the total word count should not exceed 2000 words.

2: Case Study weighted 25%
Case-Based Report
Students will select one of the four case-based learning scenarios delivered across this module as the basis of their case report. Each case report will consist of three sections with each section comprising of a number of short questions and answers. This case study is designed to test the student's ability to independently investigate biomedical science scenarios according to case-based learning principles. This piece of assessment has a word count of 1,500 (excluding figures and tables).

3: Class Participation weighted 0%
Class participation: engagement with, preparation and participation in group discussions.
Students will have the opportunity to take on the roles of scribe, chair and group member during tutorials. The tutor will judge their level of participation in the CBL process across the whole year by students' participation in the group┐s discussions and preparation for tutorials. Tutors will use a detailed matrix when assigning marks to ensure equity. students must attend and engage with a minimum of 50% of the scheduled CBL sessions.

4: Class Test weighted 20%
Audio visual Histology class test
The histology audio visual class test will be delivered in situ in an IT suite. The tutor reads questions out, often relating to images projected on screen and students enter their answers directly onto blackboard. This demonstrates the student's knowledge recall, ability to recognise and interpret materials studied in semester 1. After all questions have been asked and answered, the tutor will go back through the questions and possible answers so that students have the opportunity to reflect on their responses, ask questions for clarification and discuss strengths and weaknesses with the tutor as a whole cohort. Please note: Individual student scores will not be shared between students. The weighting of 20% enables students to identify improvements to their learning and revision techniques ahead of the second class test in semester two that has a higher weighting.

5: Class Test weighted 30%
Audio visual microbiology class test
The microbiology audio visual class test will be delivered in situ in an IT suite. The tutor reads questions out, often relating to images projected on screen and students enter their answers directly onto blackboard. This demonstrates the student's knowledge recall, ability to recognise and interpret materials studied in semester 1. After all questions have been asked and answered, the tutor will go back through the questions and possible answers so that students have the opportunity to reflect on their responses, ask questions for clarification and discuss strengths and weaknesses with the tutor as a whole cohort. Please note: Individual student scores will not be shared between students.