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Year 1 Modules

Compulsory Modules

Semester 1

  • MSE-1007: Foundation-Molecules and Cells (20)
    The module will cover the key molecules involved in metabolism, cell division and protein expression within the human body, showing the relationships between these processes and the key differences in distinct tissues. The important role of enzymes in the control of biochemical pathways will be introduced, as will a basic introduction to cell signalling. Cellular organisation within different tissues will also be outlined, enabling students to recognise links between structure and function.
  • MSE-1017: Key Skills in Medical Science (20)
    Discussions with current students and academics informed the content of this module which also takes into account the relevant benchmark statements (QAA 204 12/07 Biomedical Science; AR 050 3/2002 Medicine) and the accreditation criteria by the Institute of Biomedical Science. Semester 1 Block 1: General Study Skills 1. Academic Skills a. How to solve problems b. How to avoid plagiarism c. How to revise d. Evernote (note taking and archiving software) e. Bangor Employability Award f. Module & Course Evaluation 2. Literature Research & Referencing a. How to reference b. Zotero (reference software) c. ProQuest d. Pubmed e. Web of Science 3. Open Educational Resources a. OER for Nursing b. The Tufts Open Course Ware (OCW) project c. Medical OPEN.MICHIGAN d. Cochrane Community e. PharmGuide f. ChEMBL 4. Present Yourself & Networking a. Oral Presentations b. Poster Presentations c. Prezi d. Twitter e. Facebook f. Linkedin Block 2: Medical Statistics and Laboratory Skills 1. Key Laboratory Techniques a. Polymerase Chain Reaction b. DNA Sequencing c. Western Blot d. Northern Blot e. Southern Blot f. Immunological Staining & Precipitation 2. Laboratory calculation a. Molarity b. Percentages c. Dilutions d. pH e. Enzyme Kinetics f. Report writing g. Health & Safety 3. Basic Statistics a. What is statistics? b. Experimental Design c. Hypothesis Testing d. Correlation & Regression 4. Clinical Trials a. Evidence-based Medicine b. Preclinical Phase c. Phase I Trails d. Phase II Trails e. Phase III Trails f. Ethics Semester 2 Block 3: Communication Skills 1. How to analyse a scientific publication a. How scientific publishing works b. Abstract c. Introduction d. Results e. Discussion f. References 2. Preparation of scientific Graphs and Tables a. Graphs b. Tables c. Legends (figure captions) 3. Press Releases and Public Communication a. The Spin Doctor b. Response to questions c. Interview Skills d. Press Releases 4. Communication with Patients a. Analysis of Case Studies b. Listen c. Inform d. Family & Social Context BLOCK 4: Introduction into Medical Bioinformatics 1. Scientific Databases a. Ensembl Genome Browser 2. Protein & Gene Analysis a. Alignments b. Domain structures c. Post-translational Modification 3. Structural Analysis a. Ploview3D b. Modelling (Swiss Model, PHYRE2) 4. Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms a. Types b. Analysis
  • MSE-1019: Good Laboratory Practice (10) or
    MSC-1019: Ymarfer Da'r Labordy (10)
    Cyflwyniad i ystod allweddol o sgiliau trosglwyddadwy sy’n galluogi myfyrwyr i fanteisio’n llawn ar fodiwlau eraill Lefel 1 a hefyd eu paratoi ar gyfer gwaith yn ystod camau diweddarach y cwrs. Rhoddir pwyslais ar weithio’n ddiogel ac effeithlon yn y labordy. Bydd y darlithoedd yn egluro’r cysyniadau’n ymwneud ag iechyd a diogelwch yn y labordy a bydd sesiynau ymarferol yn datblygu sgiliau’n ymwneud â defnyddio offer labordy sylfaenol. Caiff rhai technegau allweddol a methodolegau a ddefnyddir mewn labordai clinigol eu cynnwys.
  • MSE-1020: Biomedical Practicals (20)
    The module consits of 10 x 3 hour practicals and three hospital visits and is designed to familiarise students with the basic set of techniques that are used in molecular biology and the biomedical sciences.
    or
    MSC-1020: Ymarferion Biofeddygol (20)
    Mae'r modiwl hwn yn cynnwys 10 o gyfnodau ymarfer 3 awr yr un a thri ymweliad ag ysbytai ac mae wedi ei gynllunio i wneud myfyrwyr yn gyfarwydd â set o dechnegau a ddefnyddir mewn bioleg moleciwlaidd a'r gwyddorau biomeddygol
  • MSE-1021: Physiology (& Anatomy) (20)
    The aim of this module is to provide the students with basic knowledge of the anatomy, physiology and histology of humans in health. The course introduces the stduents to the development of the human body, and looks in more detail at vaious body systems including; circulatory, respiratoruy, digestive, endocrine, renal, nervous, reproductive and musculo-skeletal systems, with tissues and organs observed both macroscopically and microscopically.
  • MSE-1022: Introduction to Microbiology (10)
    The taxonomic study of some bacteria, fungi and viruses, together with structural characteristics, metabolic diversities, microbial growth dynamics and microbial involvement in human disease. The moduel will also consider the diversity of fungi and viruses.
    or
    MSC-1022: Cyflwyniad Meicrobioleg (10)
    Astudiaeth dacsonomaidd o rai bacteria, ffyngau a firysau, ynghyd â nodweddion strwythurol, amrywiaethau metabolaidd, deinameg twf microbaidd ac ymwneud microbau ag afiechydon dynol. Bydd y modiwl hefyd yn ystyried amrywiaeth ffyngau a firysau.
  • MSE-1024: Foundations in Chemistry (10)

Semester 2

  • MSE-1007: Foundation-Molecules and Cells
    The module will cover the key molecules involved in metabolism, cell division and protein expression within the human body, showing the relationships between these processes and the key differences in distinct tissues. The important role of enzymes in the control of biochemical pathways will be introduced, as will a basic introduction to cell signalling. Cellular organisation within different tissues will also be outlined, enabling students to recognise links between structure and function.
  • MSE-1010: Foundation in Therapeutics (10)
    This foundation course will introduce the historical development of medicines to the students, taking them through the use of plants as medicine to todays developed drugs through clinical trials. Skills in identifying appropriate medication use including the effect of the prescribed drug on other organs. The module will introduce disease management and how drugs work on the body. The course will link the anatomy and physiology courses to the students understanding of how the body works and reacts to stimuli.
  • MSE-1017: Key Skills in Medical Science
    Discussions with current students and academics informed the content of this module which also takes into account the relevant benchmark statements (QAA 204 12/07 Biomedical Science; AR 050 3/2002 Medicine) and the accreditation criteria by the Institute of Biomedical Science. Semester 1 Block 1: General Study Skills 1. Academic Skills a. How to solve problems b. How to avoid plagiarism c. How to revise d. Evernote (note taking and archiving software) e. Bangor Employability Award f. Module & Course Evaluation 2. Literature Research & Referencing a. How to reference b. Zotero (reference software) c. ProQuest d. Pubmed e. Web of Science 3. Open Educational Resources a. OER for Nursing b. The Tufts Open Course Ware (OCW) project c. Medical OPEN.MICHIGAN d. Cochrane Community e. PharmGuide f. ChEMBL 4. Present Yourself & Networking a. Oral Presentations b. Poster Presentations c. Prezi d. Twitter e. Facebook f. Linkedin Block 2: Medical Statistics and Laboratory Skills 1. Key Laboratory Techniques a. Polymerase Chain Reaction b. DNA Sequencing c. Western Blot d. Northern Blot e. Southern Blot f. Immunological Staining & Precipitation 2. Laboratory calculation a. Molarity b. Percentages c. Dilutions d. pH e. Enzyme Kinetics f. Report writing g. Health & Safety 3. Basic Statistics a. What is statistics? b. Experimental Design c. Hypothesis Testing d. Correlation & Regression 4. Clinical Trials a. Evidence-based Medicine b. Preclinical Phase c. Phase I Trails d. Phase II Trails e. Phase III Trails f. Ethics Semester 2 Block 3: Communication Skills 1. How to analyse a scientific publication a. How scientific publishing works b. Abstract c. Introduction d. Results e. Discussion f. References 2. Preparation of scientific Graphs and Tables a. Graphs b. Tables c. Legends (figure captions) 3. Press Releases and Public Communication a. The Spin Doctor b. Response to questions c. Interview Skills d. Press Releases 4. Communication with Patients a. Analysis of Case Studies b. Listen c. Inform d. Family & Social Context BLOCK 4: Introduction into Medical Bioinformatics 1. Scientific Databases a. Ensembl Genome Browser 2. Protein & Gene Analysis a. Alignments b. Domain structures c. Post-translational Modification 3. Structural Analysis a. Ploview3D b. Modelling (Swiss Model, PHYRE2) 4. Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms a. Types b. Analysis
  • MSE-1020: Biomedical Practicals
    The module consits of 10 x 3 hour practicals and three hospital visits and is designed to familiarise students with the basic set of techniques that are used in molecular biology and the biomedical sciences.
    or
    MSC-1020: Ymarferion Biofeddygol
    Mae'r modiwl hwn yn cynnwys 10 o gyfnodau ymarfer 3 awr yr un a thri ymweliad ag ysbytai ac mae wedi ei gynllunio i wneud myfyrwyr yn gyfarwydd â set o dechnegau a ddefnyddir mewn bioleg moleciwlaidd a'r gwyddorau biomeddygol
  • MSE-1021: Physiology (& Anatomy)
    The aim of this module is to provide the students with basic knowledge of the anatomy, physiology and histology of humans in health. The course introduces the stduents to the development of the human body, and looks in more detail at vaious body systems including; circulatory, respiratoruy, digestive, endocrine, renal, nervous, reproductive and musculo-skeletal systems, with tissues and organs observed both macroscopically and microscopically.

Year 2 Modules

Compulsory Modules

Semester 1

  • MSE-2003: Research Skills (20)
    Understanding the purpose of research and identifying research designs, methodologies and sampling. Sourcing and Retrieving information/data from relevant databases, Select, and Interpret relevant articles/readings/data, and make recommendations or conclusions about the literature review. Use SPSS to input data and to carry out simple statistical tasks and make comments on the output
  • MSE-2006: Clinical Physiology (20)
    An overview of the bodies systems with an emphasis on the effect of disease on the physiology of the following systems and structures, how they present, are diagnosed and treated. Upper and lower limbs Head and Neck Back and thoracic area The organs of the body and systems Digestive Cardiovascular Reproductive Gastrointestinal system
  • MSE-2008: Applied-Molecules and Cells (20)
    Conceptual understanding of normal metabolic and cellular function from year 1 modules will be expanded in this course to describe the biochemical basis of selected diseases and syndromes. Knowledge of nucleic acids and protein expression will be developed and their roles in inherited disease and the development of cancer examined. The use of molecular biology tools in diagnosis and medical genetics will be discussed, and laboratory practical work will enable hands-on experience in the technique of PCR and the interpretation of results. Students will also begin to explore links between theoretical biochemistry and clinical scenarios, with particular focus on topics such as: micronutrition, acid/base disorders, endocrinology and diabetes.
  • MSE-2010: Therapeutics & Practice II (20)
    Skills in identifying appropriate therapies to use in the following instances respiratory, infections, cardiology, management of the hepatic and renal patient. The module will examine how disease management and drug delivery are linked. The adverse effects of disease on the organs of the body will be covered as a benefit of therapeutic intervention.
  • MSE-2013: Clinical Anatomy (20)
    This module aims to give the student an underpinning knowledge of normal/abnormal anatomy. The anatomical orientation will be discussed and its importance to identifying pathology. The viscera and other body systems will be discussed; Respiratory, Circulatory, Digestive, Nervous, Musculo-Skeletal, etc., however the major component will concentrate with an emphasis on structure and function in relation to disease.
  • MSE-2026: Applied Clinical Technologies (20)

Semester 2

  • MSE-2003: Research Skills
    Understanding the purpose of research and identifying research designs, methodologies and sampling. Sourcing and Retrieving information/data from relevant databases, Select, and Interpret relevant articles/readings/data, and make recommendations or conclusions about the literature review. Use SPSS to input data and to carry out simple statistical tasks and make comments on the output
  • MSE-2006: Clinical Physiology
    An overview of the bodies systems with an emphasis on the effect of disease on the physiology of the following systems and structures, how they present, are diagnosed and treated. Upper and lower limbs Head and Neck Back and thoracic area The organs of the body and systems Digestive Cardiovascular Reproductive Gastrointestinal system
  • MSE-2008: Applied-Molecules and Cells
    Conceptual understanding of normal metabolic and cellular function from year 1 modules will be expanded in this course to describe the biochemical basis of selected diseases and syndromes. Knowledge of nucleic acids and protein expression will be developed and their roles in inherited disease and the development of cancer examined. The use of molecular biology tools in diagnosis and medical genetics will be discussed, and laboratory practical work will enable hands-on experience in the technique of PCR and the interpretation of results. Students will also begin to explore links between theoretical biochemistry and clinical scenarios, with particular focus on topics such as: micronutrition, acid/base disorders, endocrinology and diabetes.
  • MSE-2013: Clinical Anatomy
    This module aims to give the student an underpinning knowledge of normal/abnormal anatomy. The anatomical orientation will be discussed and its importance to identifying pathology. The viscera and other body systems will be discussed; Respiratory, Circulatory, Digestive, Nervous, Musculo-Skeletal, etc., however the major component will concentrate with an emphasis on structure and function in relation to disease.
  • MSE-2026: Applied Clinical Technologies

Year 3 Modules

Compulsory Modules

Semester 1

  • MSE-3008: Dissertation (30)
    There is no set syllabus. The subject matter can be drawn from any area of medicine, medical related, management of resources, clinical governance, biomedical science including tropical disease, history of anatomy, anatomy procedures, providing there is suitable and sufficient reading material available, and a member of staff is available to supervise in the chosen area of study. Students choose their topic from a suggested list in consultation with the module organiser and other members of staff at the start of the academic year.
  • MSE-3009: Applied Anatomy (20)
    This module aims to give the student an underpinning knowledge of applying normal/abnormal anatomy within the Clinical Setting. In depth Surface Anatomy will be discussed in relationship to the use of various imaging modalities. In Particular the vertebral levels at C3, C6, T2, T4, T9, T10, L1, L3 and L5 will be discussed in relation to CT/MRI scans. The importance of surface markings will be explored throughout; anterior and posterior triangle, anatomical snuff-box, sternal angle, transpyloric plane, femoral triangle
  • MSE-3010: Applied Physiology (20)
    This final module gives the students an opportunity to explore and apply the clinical application of their knowledge to the physiology of the body. Again each system will be reviewed with students able to apply their knowldge. They will also be introduced to the relationship between the systems. Students will interpret results from different procedures and through integration of MSE 3011 and MSE 3009 will view the pathophysiology of the human body and use their knowledge to predict interventions and analyse outcomes.
  • MSE-3012: Clinical Sciences PEP (20)
    Students will undertake supervised ward rounds, attend theatre and clinics. They will also be taught clinically relevant medical science and have the opportunity to see its application in a clinical setting. Students will need to apply their knowledge to aspects of clinical presentations, investigations, interventions and outcomes.
  • MSE-3021: Micropathology (20)
    This module aims to provide an understanding of infectious disease micropathology, at the level of molecules and cells. Students will have an underpinning knowledge of normal cellular processes, such as DNA replication and apoptosis from earlier modules and here we will introduce examples of infectious disease-causing mechanisms. Topics will be grouped by specific body systems (including urinary tract, respiratory tract and liver) to encourage students to synthesise learning across different disciplines and begin to recognise disease mechanisms within a systems approach. The effect of a variety of common pathogens on normal cellular processes and the response by the innate and adaptive immune system will be discussed. There will also be significant use of relevant current journal articles and in depth review sessions to facilitate skills of critical analysis. The presentation of a synopsis of a piece of current research will form part of the module assessment.

Semester 2

  • MSE-3006: Metrology, Medicine & Society (10)
    This module introduces the concepts of measurement systems, units, measurement uncertainty, measurement assurance, traceability, basic statistics and how they fit into the laboratory Quality Management System. Additional topics covered will include overall Laboratory Management and Laboratory Quality Management Systems as well as specific discussions of the requirements for proficiency testing, calibration report generation, software verfication and validation and management reviews. Topics will be covered using a variety of measurement disciplines and case studies so that the participants will be able to appy the concepts to any measurement discipline upon completion. Topics will be covered in a mixture of training styles including lecture, hands-on exercises, case studies and discussion.
  • MSE-3008: Dissertation
    There is no set syllabus. The subject matter can be drawn from any area of medicine, medical related, management of resources, clinical governance, biomedical science including tropical disease, history of anatomy, anatomy procedures, providing there is suitable and sufficient reading material available, and a member of staff is available to supervise in the chosen area of study. Students choose their topic from a suggested list in consultation with the module organiser and other members of staff at the start of the academic year.
  • MSE-3009: Applied Anatomy
    This module aims to give the student an underpinning knowledge of applying normal/abnormal anatomy within the Clinical Setting. In depth Surface Anatomy will be discussed in relationship to the use of various imaging modalities. In Particular the vertebral levels at C3, C6, T2, T4, T9, T10, L1, L3 and L5 will be discussed in relation to CT/MRI scans. The importance of surface markings will be explored throughout; anterior and posterior triangle, anatomical snuff-box, sternal angle, transpyloric plane, femoral triangle
  • MSE-3010: Applied Physiology
    This final module gives the students an opportunity to explore and apply the clinical application of their knowledge to the physiology of the body. Again each system will be reviewed with students able to apply their knowldge. They will also be introduced to the relationship between the systems. Students will interpret results from different procedures and through integration of MSE 3011 and MSE 3009 will view the pathophysiology of the human body and use their knowledge to predict interventions and analyse outcomes.
  • MSE-3012: Clinical Sciences PEP
    Students will undertake supervised ward rounds, attend theatre and clinics. They will also be taught clinically relevant medical science and have the opportunity to see its application in a clinical setting. Students will need to apply their knowledge to aspects of clinical presentations, investigations, interventions and outcomes.
  • MSE-3021: Micropathology
    This module aims to provide an understanding of infectious disease micropathology, at the level of molecules and cells. Students will have an underpinning knowledge of normal cellular processes, such as DNA replication and apoptosis from earlier modules and here we will introduce examples of infectious disease-causing mechanisms. Topics will be grouped by specific body systems (including urinary tract, respiratory tract and liver) to encourage students to synthesise learning across different disciplines and begin to recognise disease mechanisms within a systems approach. The effect of a variety of common pathogens on normal cellular processes and the response by the innate and adaptive immune system will be discussed. There will also be significant use of relevant current journal articles and in depth review sessions to facilitate skills of critical analysis. The presentation of a synopsis of a piece of current research will form part of the module assessment.