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Module MSE-2028:
Vocational and Research Skills

Module Facts

Run by School of Medical Sciences

20 Credits or 10 ECTS Credits

Semester 1 & 2

Organiser: Dr Dylan Jones

Overall aims and purpose

To introduce a range of transferable skills to students, including those linked to the specific vocations of biomedical, medical science and medical biology. Lectures in semester one will aim at helping students to appreciate the wider employability options available to them, and how they can best prepare for this (for example with CV writing seminars and interview skills). As well as introducing them to critical thinking skills that will be required for project work. Semester twos teaching will then focus on application of knowledge and planning. All students will develop a mini literature review which will help prepare them for thier third year dissertations or practical laboratory projects.

Course content

The key themes of this module will include building awareness on employment options, through showcasing of different vocational avenues. Preparing students for the world of work with the development of vocation skills (eg. communication, writing skills and critical thinking). In addition to the development of analytical and critical analysis skills, through evaluation of primary research to identify potential areas of novel research. Students will also develop the ability to formulate a research plan, outlining the overall methodologies and research aims and objectives; as well as developing scientific communication skills, thought the production of a poster summarising their research plans.

Assessment Criteria


40% - 49% - A threshold student should have a basic knowledge of the essential facts and key concepts of the topics presented in the module. A basic ability to organise and present information and answer questions with relevant facts and understanding of the subject matter and oral presentation skills should be adequate and demonstrate basic understanding of material.

C- to C+

50% - 59% - A less engaged student would have a correct understanding of the essential facts and key concepts of the topics presented in the module. A sound ability to organise and present information and answer questions with relevant facts and understanding of the subject matter and oral presentation skills should be adequate and demonstrate basic understanding of material.


60% - 69% - A good student should have a thorough factual knowledge and understanding of the information requested in the module, and to be able to detail examples where appropriate and answer questions in a well-organised and reasoned manner. They must be able to demonstrate the ability to work with others to achieve the most favourable outcome, be well- organised and show technical expertise and imagination to enable information to be presented in a logical, reasoned and articulate manner.


70%+ - An excellent student should be able to demonstrate the skills necessary for self-managed and lifelong learning (working independently and in teams, time management and organisation) and have a detailed in depth knowledge of all aspects of the module. Written answers should have an extremely high standard of presentation, structure and clarity with a very well argued coverage of accurate and relevant information with significant evidence of background reading. Oral presentation skills should be of a high standard, with extended knowledge of subject apparent and a developed style of presentation (e.g. good eye contact, clarity of voice, limited use of notes cards).

Evidence of wider reading & critical thinking is required for A+ and A* marks.

Learning outcomes

  1. Evidence the ability to read and understand topical research, drawing from it the main focus, and evaluating its content via critical analysis.

  2. Apply understanding of research skills and study design to produce a mini literature review

  3. Show evidence of fully utilising primary research from appropriate internet or electronic sources to support learning, demonstrating the application of critical analysis skills.

  4. Identify areas of career development and opportunities, including knowledge and skills required to produce a CV and interview technique

Assessment Methods

Type Name Description Weight
COURSEWORK Mini Literature review 50
COURSEWORK Critical Analysis 40

Teaching and Learning Strategy

Private study

Students will use independing private study to read around the subject and to develop and in depth understanding of the topic. This may be achieved via directed reading or set tasks.


10 x 2 hour lectures will be delivered to cover the key course material.

Individual Project

Students will work on thier project proposal in this time, which is aimed at preparing them for thier third year project work.


6 x 2 hour seminars, students will be given the oppertunity to enaged with a range of seminar topics including those allied to vocational skills (Eg. CV writing) as well as basic project design and research skills.


Transferable skills

  • Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
  • Numeracy - Proficiency in using numbers at appropriate levels of accuracy
  • Computer Literacy - Proficiency in using a varied range of computer software
  • Self-Management - Able to work unsupervised in an efficient, punctual and structured manner. To examine the outcomes of tasks and events, and judge levels of quality and importance
  • Exploring - Able to investigate, research and consider alternatives
  • Information retrieval - Able to access different and multiple sources of information
  • Critical analysis & Problem Solving - Able to deconstruct and analyse problems or complex situations. To find solutions to problems through analyses and exploration of all possibilities using appropriate methods, rescources and creativity.
  • Presentation - Able to clearly present information and explanations to an audience. Through the written or oral mode of communication accurately and concisely.
  • Teamwork - Able to constructively cooperate with others on a common task, and/or be part of a day-to-day working team
  • Argument - Able to put forward, debate and justify an opinion or a course of action, with an individual or in a wider group setting
  • Self-awareness & Reflectivity - Having an awareness of your own strengths, weaknesses, aims and objectives. Able to regularly review, evaluate and reflect upon the performance of yourself and others