Biomedical Science: Practice and Employability

The details
Life Sciences (School of)
Colchester Campus
Autumn & Spring
Undergraduate: Level 5
Thursday 03 October 2024
Friday 21 March 2025
08 March 2024


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),
MSCIB099 Biomedical Science,
MSCIBA99 Biomedical Science (Including Placement Year),
MSCIBB99 Biomedical Science (Including Year Abroad)

Module description

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

The module will also introduce students to different career paths by inviting external speakers such as vets. An employability day will be organised and several external speakers and Essex students will talk about their professional journey.

Module aims

The aims of this module are:

  • To become familiar with the Pathology Department.

  • To become aware of the routine work performed.

  • To enhance the students' knowledge of the practical relevance of the Year 2 practicals and lectures.

  • To become aware of the journey taken by a sample.

  • To become aware of the team work/interdisciplinary work required to release a sample result.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of this module, students will be expected 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

  • 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).

Learning and teaching methods

This module will be delivered via:

  • Summer School: Five days of laboratory and workshop sessions.
  • Careers workshops and presentations.


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 Coursework weighting
Coursework   IBMS Moodle Quiz 1 IBMS    10% 
Coursework   Moodle Quiz 2 Reagents    10% 
Coursework   Moodle Quiz 3 Health and Safety    10% 
Coursework   Case Studies Quiz    15% 
Coursework   WBL    15% 
Coursework   Hospital Reflection    25% 
Coursework   Job Application    15% 

Exam format definitions

  • Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
  • In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary, for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.

Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%


Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Aurelie Villedieu, email:
Dr Selwa Alsam, NHS Staff



External examiner

No external examiner information available for this module.
Available via Moodle
Of 55 hours, 38 (69.1%) hours available to students:
2 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
15 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s), module, or event type.


Further information
Life Sciences (School of)

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