Module MSE-2017:
Vocational Skills

Module Facts

Run by School of Medical Sciences

10 Credits or 5 ECTS Credits

Semester 1 & 2

Organiser: Miss Alyson Moyes

Overall aims and purpose

To introduce a range of transferrable and subject-specific skills for Biomedical Science and Medical Biology students, including group working and data retrieval. Talks about career advancement will contribute to the development of an awareness of future opportunities. Tutorials will explore professional practices including details regarding laboratory training/volunteering, CV writing and interview skills.

Course content

This module introduces a variety of transferable and subject specific skills important in personal development, career opportunities, information retrieval and presentation. Career opportunities in NHS and Pharmaceutical industries plus details of professional bodies will be presented, and CV writing, interview technique etc will be discussed. Students will also attend lectures o research skills, geared at helping them develop an individual project proposal which they can use as the basis of their final year undergraduate research project.

Assessment Criteria

C- to C+

Category 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.


Category D (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.


Category B (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.


Category A (70%-100%):

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

  2. Understand the nature, value and implications of the Biomedical Scientist's training.

  3. Use internet/electronic sources to obtain subject-specific information

  4. Investigate the epidemiology, pathogenesis, aetiology, diagnosis and treatment of selected diseases

  5. Work as a mumber of a team to solve a problem

Assessment Methods

Type Name Description Weight
COURSEWORK Critical review essay

Students submit a project proposal outlining a research plan ahead of their third year dissertation

Written assignment, including essay CV writing 20

Teaching and Learning Strategy


7 x 2 hour sessions where course content will be delivered.


3 x 2 hour tutorials

Covering topics such as career opportunities, CV writing, communication skills and data protection.

Private study

CV writing and working towards individual project proposal.


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
  • Inter-personal - Able to question, actively listen, examine given answers and interact sensitevely with others
  • 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.
  • Safety-Consciousness - Having an awareness of your immediate environment, and confidence in adhering to health and safety regulations
  • 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
  • Mentoring - Able to support, help, guide, inspire and/or coach others
  • 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
  • Leadership - Able to lead and manage, develop action plans and objectives, offer guidance and direction to others, and cope with the related pressures such authority can result in