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BSc Medical Biochemistry

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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
    or
    MSC-1017: Sgiliau Allweddol Gwydd'r Medd (20)
  • MSE-1019: Good Laboratory Practice (10) Core or
    MSC-1019: Ymarfer Da'r Labordy (10) Core
    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) Core
    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) Core
    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) Core
    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.
    or
    MSC-1021: Ffisoleg Dynol (20) Core
  • MSE-1022: Introduction to Microbiology (10) Core
    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) Core
    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
    or
    MSC-1017: Sgiliau Allweddol Gwydd'r Medd
  • 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.
    or
    MSC-1021: Ffisoleg Dynol

Year 2 Modules

Compulsory Modules

Semester 1

  • MSE-2014: Human Immunology (10)
    This module describes the structure and function of the human immune system and its role in health and disease. The innate and adaptive immune responses are discussed, the type of cells involved and how they interact; these include T and B cells, natural killer cells, macrophages, polymorphs and dendritic cells. The structure and function of lymphoid organs is explained, including the ontogeny and migration routes of cells of the immune system. The receptor and signal mechanisms of the immune response are detailed; these include the structure and function of different HLA molecules immunoglobulin classes, roles of soluble molecules including cytokines and the complement system. Clinical aspects of the immune response will be examined in diseases such as allergies, infections, autoimmune disorders and immunodeficiency states. During the module relevant techniques in immunology will be discussed, the role of the laboratory in diagnosis/monitoring of disease and consolidated with laboratory practical/demonstration sessions.
  • MSE-2025: Molecular Biology & Biochem (20)
  • MSE-2028: Vocational and Research Skills (20)
  • MSE-2031: Practical Medical Biochemistry (20)
  • MSE-2032: Principles of Medical Biochem (20)

Semester 2

  • MSE-2019: Medical Microbiology (10)
    The study of some major groups of bacteria and parasites of importance in human infection. Understanding of the key concepts used in investigating and diagnosing infections in the Medical Microbiology laboratory.
    or
    MSC-2019: Microbioleg Meddygol (10)
    Astudio rhai prif grwpiau o facteria a pharasitiaid sydd yn bwysig yn y maes heintiau dynol. Deall y prif gysyniadau a ddefnyddir i archwilio a rhoi diagnosis o heintiau mewn labordy microbioleg feddygol.
  • MSE-2020: Cell Biology (20)
    This module takes students on a journey through the eukaryotic cell. Students will follow cells through their life cycle starting from early development to ageing and death. Students will also learn how the general blue print of eukaryotic cells evolved to deliver specific functions, and how it changes in different human disorders. Topics: Plasma membrane Cytoplasm Nucleus Endoplasmatic Reticulum & Golgi Lysosome & Peroxisome Vesicles Mitochondrium & Chloroblast Centrosome Extracellular Matrix Inter-cell communication Cell fate determination Cell types Students obtain marks for an in-class assessment (50%; problem solving, not essay-based) and for a 2 hour essay exam (50%; the exam consists of two essays: students are allowed to prepare one topic [notes are not permitted in the examination room], the second topic is unseen and based on the lecture material). Students will get guidance on essay writing.
  • MSE-2025: Molecular Biology & Biochem
  • MSE-2028: Vocational and Research Skills
  • MSE-2031: Practical Medical Biochemistry
  • MSE-2032: Principles of Medical Biochem

Optional Modules

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Year 3 Modules

Compulsory Modules

Semester 1

  • MSE-3013: Research Project (40)
    The third year research project allows students to gain personal experience of the approach, practice and evaluation of scientific research. The experimental work is embedded in ongoing cutting-edge research programmes supervised by an experienced scientist. The findings of the work will be presented in the form of a scientific manuscript and orally communicated to a wider audience. Marks will be allocated for the manuscript, oral presentation, leadership of the project and laboratory notebook. External research projects are possible and the contribution to scientific publications is encouraged.
  • MSE-3016: Pathophysiology (10)
    This module will discuss common diseases of selected organ systems through the use of case studies. Student will be expected to work effectively in groups in order to diagnose patients and discuss the various aspects of the case pathologies (i.e. aetiology, epidemiology, pathogenesis, diagnosis, treatment, screening and prognosis). Critical appraisal of literature relevant to case studies will be required, and development of oral and written presentation skills.
  • MSE-3017: Medical Genetics (10)
    This course will cover broad aspects of genetics which relate to medical technologies and diagnostics. It will cover relevant areas of both microbial genetics and human genetics. This will provide the students with a good basis in understanding how the genetic systems of microbes can cause diseases and other clinically relevant problems, such as antibiotic resistance. Moreover, it will provide the basis for the understanding of how new antimicrobial agents might be generated through an understanding of the molecular mechanisms governing microbial genome dynamics. It will give the students an excellent grounding in human genomics and the new technology developments in human genomics which are leading to medical treatments and screening programmes based on the genetic makeup of individual genome profiles. In addition the students will be given experience in case studies of specific non-cancerous human genetic diseases and will employ a self learning exercise to get a deep understanding of the molecular and genetic basis for the aetiology of human genetic disorders. Specific areas covered are: (i) human molecular genetics in medicine; (ii) Post genomics and personalised genetics in medicine; (iii) microbial genetics and the relevance to medicine; (iv) case studies into specific human genetic disorders.
  • MSE-3023: Genome Instability (10)
  • MSE-3025: Medical Genomics (10)
  • MSE-3027: Applied Medical Biochemistry (20)
  • MSE-3032: Contemporary issues in Med Sc (10)

Semester 2

  • MSE-3013: Research Project
    The third year research project allows students to gain personal experience of the approach, practice and evaluation of scientific research. The experimental work is embedded in ongoing cutting-edge research programmes supervised by an experienced scientist. The findings of the work will be presented in the form of a scientific manuscript and orally communicated to a wider audience. Marks will be allocated for the manuscript, oral presentation, leadership of the project and laboratory notebook. External research projects are possible and the contribution to scientific publications is encouraged.
  • MSE-3022: Pharmacology & Drug Developmen (10)
  • MSE-3027: Applied Medical Biochemistry
  • MSE-3032: Contemporary issues in Med Sc