HEALTH CHALLENGES FOR THE 21ST CENTURY - 2017/8

Module code: BMS1048

Module provider

School of Biosciences and Medicine

Module Leader

PLANT K Dr (Biosc & Med)

Number of Credits

15

ECTS Credits

7.5

Framework

FHEQ Level 4

JACs code

B990

Module cap (Maximum number of students)

N/A

Module Availability

Semester 1

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 126

Lecture Hours: 14

Seminar Hours: 6

Tutorial Hours: 4

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework LITERATURE SEARCH EXERCISE 30
Coursework 250-WORD NEWS ARTICLE 30
Coursework SEMINAR (INCLUDES PEER-REVIEW) 40

Alternative Assessment

For the literature search and news article: no alternatives are required. For the seminar: If a student misses the seminar itself but has contributed to the group effort it will be possible to assess their knowledge of the components to which they contributed in a viva voce format.  If a student has not engaged with their group then an alternative, individual exercise can be set such that the student researches and presents on a more precisely defined topic such that a single individual could reasonably be expected to complete the work independently.

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

N/A

Module overview

Topics span a variety of medically related areas and are chosen each academic year from recent high-profile reports in the literature and in the media (e.g. antimicrobial resistance; obesity and diabetes; cancer diagnosis) with a special focus on the application of engineering and data science solutions to tackle these human health challenges. Key skills relating to searching the literature and communicating findings from scientific research are taught as part of tutorials and seminars.

Module aims

• Investigate a range of cutting-edge developments in bioscience subjects, with a special focus on the application of engineering and data science to solving health challenges

• Offer guidance on how to perform literature searches for peer-reviewed scientific publications

• Illustrate the differences between good and bad scientific communication

• Discuss and present specific devlopments in bioscience on a scientific level including, where appropriate, ethical considerations

• Develop good management and organisational skills via the production of a seminar or short documentary about a current bioscience topic.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 • Understand current topics of worldwide importance in bioscience subjects K
002 • Identify and communicate issues of topical importance in bioscience in the form of a seminar presentation or short documentary KCPT
003 • Understand the importance of using sources that provide reliable peer-reviewed information CPT
004 • Interpret and summarize scientific topics for communication to a wider audience in the form a newspaper article KCPT
005 • Assess and provide feedback on the performance of a peer in a selection of situations PT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

Indicative content includes:


Introductory lecture
Tutorial: how to perform a literature search
Tutorial: producing a science magazine
Tutorial: writing a news article
~10 topic lectures; topic list refreshed each year to reflect importance and currency
Seminars: student presentations

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

Teach key skills that allow students to learn how to study independently for this module and beyond. Tutorials teach key skills that allow students to learn how to study independently for this module and beyond. They are designed to encourage discussion about the best way to search for reliable information and communicate scientific findings to others.

The lectures are designed to maintain interest in key science subjects and keep students informed of the latest developments.

Seminars, and the production of a science magazine, encourage collaborative work

The learning and teaching methods include:

Approximately 14 hours of lectures; three hours of tutorials (including class discussion) and six hours of seminars.

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate


Accurate reporting of a  bioscience subject in a news article, suitable for people without a science background to understand
Accuracy and creativity in the communication of topical issues in bioscience in the form of a seminar presentation or short documentary
Understanding of the importance of using sources that provide reliable peer-reviewed information to be assessed via a SurreyLearn test, and put in to practice in all other assessments on this module
Interpretation and summarization of scientific topics for communication to a wider audience in the form of a newspaper article
Contribution to group-work, and assessment of the performance of a peer in the group


Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:


Literature search test, via SurreyLearn; deadline: Week 7
250-word news article; deadline: Week 11
Seminars in week 13; submission of materials for seminar presentation: Week 12


Formative assessment and Feedback


Literature search practice test, via SurreyLearn
250-word news article: workshop and tutorial at start of module
Seminar presentations: timetabled sessions for group-work allow groups to discuss ideas with module organiser

Reading list

Reading list for HEALTH CHALLENGES FOR THE 21ST CENTURY : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/bms1048

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Biomedicine with Data Science BSc (Hons) 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Biomedicine with Electronic Engineering BSc (Hons) 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2017/8 academic year.