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CURRENT TOPICS IN BIOSCIENCES - 2022/3

Module code: BMS1029

Module Overview

The topics span different bioscience disciplines and are chosen by the students each academic year from recent high-profile reports in the literature and in the media (e.g. antimicrobial resistance; decline in bee populations; obesity and diabetes; stem cell research). Key skills relating to searching and citing the literature, and communicating findings from scientific research are taught as part of tutorials and seminars.

Module provider

School of Biosciences and Medicine

Module Leader

CAMPAGNOLO Paola (Biosc & Med)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 4

JACs code: C990

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

Overall student workload

Workshop Hours: 6

Independent Learning Hours: 79

Lecture Hours: 7

Seminar Hours: 1

Tutorial Hours: 15

Guided Learning: 42

Module Availability

Semester 1

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

N/A  

Module content

Indicative content includes:


  • Introductory lecture

  • Lecture: UN Global Challenge and the Biosciences

  • Workshop: how to perform a literature search

  • Workshop: the use of reference managers

  • Workshop: making a presentation and presentation skills

  • Workshop: writing a research abstract

  • Small group tutorials, Q&A, and one-to-one sessions weekly


Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework COURSEWORK - ESSAY (250 WORDS) 40
Coursework COURSEWORK - GROUP PRESENTATION 60

Alternative Assessment

N/A

Assessment Strategy

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


  • Accurate reporting of a  bioscience subject in a scientific abstract suitable for peers with basic science background

  • Accuracy and creativity in the communication of topical issues in bioscience in the form of a seminar presentation or short documentary

  • Understanding of the importance of using sources that provide reliable peer-reviewed information to be assessed within the individual summary  and group presentation assessments

  • Contribution to group-work, and assessment of the performance of a peer in the group



Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:


  • One 250-word essay  (individual summary); deadline: Semester Week 11

  • Pre-recorded group presentation: Semester Week 11



Formative assessment and feedback


  • Literature search practice test, via SurreyLearn

  • 250-word individual summary: workshop and tutorials

  • Seminar presentations: timetabled sessions for group-work to allow groups to discuss ideas with module organiser


Module aims

  • Investigate a range of cutting-edge developments in bioscience subjects
  • Offer guidance on how to perform literature searches for peer-reviewed scientific publications
  • Illustrate the differences between good and bad scientific communication
  • Discuss and present specific devlopments in bioscience on a scientific level including, where appropriate, ethical considerations
  • Develop good management and organisational skills via the production of a seminar or short documentary about a current bioscience topic

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Understand current topics of worldwide importance in bioscience subjects K
002 Identify and communicate issues of topical importance in bioscience in the form of a seminar presentation or short documentary. KCPT
003 Understand the importance of using sources that provide reliable peer-reviewed information CPT
004 Interpret and summarize scientific topics for communication to an audience of peers in the form a scientific abstract. KCPT
005 Assess and provide feedback on the performance of a peer in a selection of situations. PT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

Teach key skills that allow students to learn how to study independently for this module and beyond. Tutorials teach key skills that allow students to learn how to study independently for this module and beyond. They are designed to encourage discussion about the best way to search for reliable information and communicate scientific findings to others.

The lectures are designed to maintain interest in key science subjects and keep students informed of the latest developments.

Seminars encourage collaborative work.

The learning and teaching methods include approximately:


  • 7 hours of lectures

  • 1 hour of seminars

  • 6 hours of workshops

  • 15 hours of tutorials

  • 79 hours of independent learning

  • 42 hours of guided learning 


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

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Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Microbiology BSc (Hons) 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Biomedical Science BSc (Hons) 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Biomedical Science MSci (Hons) 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Biological Sciences BSc (Hons) 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module

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 2022/3 academic year.