Biomedical Science: Practice and Employability

The details
Life Sciences (School of)
Colchester Campus
Full Year
Undergraduate: Level 5
Thursday 03 October 2019
Friday 26 June 2020
05 December 2019


Requisites for this module



Key module for

BSC B990 Biomedical Science,
BSC B991 Applied Biomedical Science (NHS placement),
BSC B995 Biomedical Science (Including Year Abroad),
BSC B999 Biomedical Science (Including Placement Year),
BSC BD00 Biomedical Science (Including Foundation Year)

Module description

This module aims to introduce students to a hospital environment, as well as developing skills in Biomedical Science.

The module is a second year module; Part A, the Summer School, takes place after Year 1 Summer examinations.

The Summer School week at the University of Essex gives students an opportunity to have generic lectures and practical sessions. Students will have lectures and practical sessions in four major disciplines: Clinical Biochemistry, Cellular Pathology, Medical Microbiology and Haematology/Transfusion Science. These sessions will be delivered by the NHS staff as well as academics. This module also gives the opportunity to further develop practical and transferable skills.

Part B: Employability. Transferable skills and career planning are increasingly recognised as being of great importance to graduates. Students will develop skills and understanding of assembling CVs, completing application forms and preparing for interview. A range of internal and external expert speakers will run workshops and other activities. Students will be enabled to identify the skills required to meet their career goals through Professional Development Planning (PDP).

Module aims

1. Become familiar with the Pathology Department
2. Aware of the routine work performed
3. Enhance the students' knowledge of the practical relevance of the Year 2 practicals and lectures associated to BS235, BS236, BS237 and BS238.
4. Aware of the journey taken by a sample
5. Aware of the team work/interdisciplinary work required to release a sample result

Module learning outcomes

Including summer school, careers workshop and practicals

To pass this module students will need to be able to:
1. Demonstrate practical and professional understanding of a range of Biomedical Science topics;
2. Show understanding of laboratory work associated with each of the four major BMS specialities: Clinical Biochemistry, Cellular Pathology, Medical Microbiology and Haematology/Transfusion Science;
3. Demonstrate engagement with Personal Development Planning (PDP);
4. Show competence and safe practice in laboratory work, including effective observations, measurements and accurate records;
5. Demonstrate skills in information retrieval, communication, data analysis and interpretation, numeracy, problem solving and team work.

Module information

This module aims to introduce students to a hospital environment, as well as developing skills in Biomedical Science.

Learning and teaching methods

Part A: Summer School: 5 days laboratory and workshop sessions Part B: careers workshops and presentations


  • (2016) Biomedical science practice: experimental & professional skills, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Moore, Gary; Knight, Gavin; Blann, Andrew D. (2016) Haematology, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Ford, Michael. (2019) Medical microbiology, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • (2017) Clinical biochemistry, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

The above list is indicative of the essential reading for the course. The library makes provision for all reading list items, with digital provision where possible, and these resources are shared between students. Further reading can be obtained from this module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework   Quiz 1    10% 
Coursework   Quiz 2    5% 
Coursework   Quiz 3    5% 
Coursework   Quiz 4    5% 
Coursework   Quiz 5    5% 
Coursework   Reflection (Group 1 - Broomfield/Ipswich Hospitals)    25% 
Coursework   Job Application    30% 
Coursework   Case Studies    15% 

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
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Coursework Exam
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Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Selwa Alsam, email:
Dr Selwa Alsam, Dr Aurelie Villedieu, Employability & Careers Centre, plus Tutors
School Undergraduate Office, email: bsugoffice (Non essex users should add to create the full email address)



External examiner

No external examiner information available for this module.
Available via Moodle
Of 642 hours, 42 (6.5%) hours available to students:
600 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


Further information
Life Sciences (School of)

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