Module code: APTM020

Module Overview

In this module the students will obtain a research focussed and contemporary overview of the development of biomarkers for the assessment of both pathological diseases and toxicological pathologies.

Module provider

School of Biosciences and Medicine

Module Leader

BAILEY Ian (Biosc & Med)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 7

JACs code: B200

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Module Availability

Crosses academic years

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework COURSEWORK 100

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

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

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

  • Two pieces of critical writing each worth 50% of the module.

Module aims

  • Provide a complete and comprehensive appreciation of biomerker development and validation
  • Provide a complete and comprehensive link between the physiology and pathophysiology of and organ, and the biomarkers which result

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Describe and explain the process of biomarker development and validation, with critical analysis of the evidence and data supporting such developments. KCPT
002 Explain the physiological link between pathological trauma of a tissue, and the biomolecules released for use as a biomarker. KCPT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:


The learning and teaching methods include:

  • 35 hours lectures and seminars

  • 115 hours of self study and assessment completion

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list

Reading list for BIOMARKERS :

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 2018/9 academic year.