Programme/Approved Electives for 2022/23
Available as a Free Standing Elective
Identification and frank evaluation of ethical issues are essential key aspects of any professional or researcher working within Biomedical Science. However, these concerns are often over looked or trivialised by students or young professionals. This module introduces some of the cornerstones to be considered when taking a systematic approach to ethical challenges. Students will work together to discuss real case studies in order to fully appreciate the potential impact ethics can have on patients, health workers and researchers alike.Throughout this module Biomedical Science students are encouraged to take personal responsibility for their learning as they begin to explore their own area of personal interest within the field. All students will gain vital professional and employability skills as they are guided into sharing best practice and encouraged to think about new and innovative approaches to existing scientific problems.Finally, this module concludes with a thorough analysis of the grant application process, thereby equipping students with the essential skills often required at the very outset of new research or project opportunities.
To highlight the absolute requirement for a systemic approach to tackling ethical issues within Biomedical Science and to begin to learn how to manage scientific projects effectively beginning with the application and completion of grant proposals. Students will also learn how to independently conduct literature reviews in defined areas, and are guided to think about new, innovative areas of research within this field.
Intended Learning Outcomes
identify and apply a systematic approach to the resolution of ethical concerns in current Biomedical Science problems: 1,2,3integrate knowledge of complex scientific problems with a personal understanding of ethical and communicative concerns to assess potential implications for patients and health care professionals: 2,3critically evaluate scientific literature to assess current practice within biomedical science disciplines: 1,2,3use scientific research principles to develop new lines of scientific questioning: 1,3conduct a literature review in a self-chosen area of interest: 1,2communicate personal findings and conclusions to others using verbal presentations and written documents, fully appreciating the specific needs of your target audience: 1,2,3design a grant proposal that demonstrates innovation and originality within Biomedical Sciences through the application and procurement of new knowledge: 3critically discuss current issues and trends within Biomedical Science: 1,2,3
8x 2 hours workshops/tutorials3 hours student presentations11 hours wider reading60 hours to complete literature review20 hours to prepare the oral presentation40 hours to complete the grant proposal
1: Literature Review weighted 50%
Description of Module Assessment
3000 word literature reviewEach student is expected to formulate their own title for this piece of work which must be officially approved by the module manager.2: Oral Presentation weighted 20%
20 minute oral presentationStudents are expected to present a summary of their literature review to the rest of the class. Student peer review will account for 50% of the marks for this assignment.3: Assignment weighted 30%
1000 word grant proposalEach student will design a new area of study within their chosen field and write a grant application for this new project. Particular emphasis should be placed on clarifying any ethical issues that may arise. Marks will be awarded for innovation, a systemic approach to ethical concerns, grant application design and ability to communicate to a targeted audience (those awarding the grant).