Programme/Approved Electives for 2023/24
Available as a Free Standing Elective
This module consolidates and expands upon the theoretical and practical materials that you learned in the first year of your study to expand your practical and scientific communication skills. You will be introduced to the concept of student-led, case-based learning, where as a group you will investigate the real life applications of human biology in the diagnosis, treatment and management of human disease. These case studies will also help you to develop your study skills, group leadership skills and scribing skills. On the practical side, you will perform a series of lab practicals relevant to Human Biology in LSC-20107 module and will complete an innovative mini-project. Lectures will introduce you to statistical analysis and key Human Biology research techniques.
The aims are to provide the students with an understanding of research study design, statistics and reporting applied to key Human Biology research methodology. The module also aims to develop key transferable skills in data analysis, presentation and communication of information, team-working and good laboratory practice. Team-working will be developed through the use of case-based learning, lab practicals and extended mini-project to design, market and test an assay kit.
Intended Learning Outcomes
acquire, analyse, synthesise, summarise and effectively present information from a wide variety of scientific publications: 2,3analyse and interpret experimental data from the results of experimental investigations and communicate these effectively in written form in a scientific laboratory report: 2,3as a team, design and optimise experimental conditions for the quantification of a metabolite to produce and market an assay kit: 1appreciate teamwork approach, the concepts of leadership and the significance of group dynamics to effective teamworking: 1,4
8 Hours case-study tutorials 10x 5 hours engagement with asynchronous content10 Hours supporting workshops/tutorials 30 Hours case study preparation40 Hours lab report associated with practicals delivered as part of LSC 2010712 Hours independent study
1: Group Project weighted 30%
Description of Module Assessment
Group ProjectGroup project to design and market an assay kit. Experiments will be delivered in LSC-20107 where groups will optimise experimental conditions to design, package and market an assay kit for an allocated metabolite. Simulated data will be provided for analysis where necessary. Students will be allocated one group mark for 10 minutes presentation, producing an assay kit and user guide of 1000 words. An online resource for peer and self-assessment will be used to facilitate peer moderated marking between groups and individual contribution within-group.2: Report weighted 40%
Lab ReportStudents will produce a 2000 word laboratory report on one of two allocated practicals conducted in LSC-20107 module.3: Poster Presentation weighted 30%
Poster based on research articleStudents to prepare a single side of A3 poster based on one article relevant to one research topic covered in the module. Poster should be submitted via Turnitin.4: Class Participation weighted 0%
Class ParticipationStudents 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, including their participation in group discussions, preparation for tutorials, communication and problem solving skills to ensure that it is at an acceptable level to meet professional body requirements.