Biomedical Science and Human Biology - your questions answered! video transcript

Hi, I'm Dr Shiva Sivasubramaniam Head of Biomedical and Forensic Science in here in the University of Derby. My research area is  placental pharmacology. So I'm going to talk about two undergraduate courses BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science we are working towards getting an accreditation by Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS) and the second course is BSc (Hons) Human  Biology which is already accredited by Royal  Society of Biology. So the main emphasis is on practical based learning so every single module will have at least around 50 percent of the substance is practical based learning. So that is the uniqueness of Derby experience to our students delivering the technical skills that are needed to develop their uh skills towards achieving employability. The students will learn by doing the experiment and it will be underpinned by the lectures. So they learn the knowledge from the lectures and then they apply the knowledge in the practicals. So the knowledge can be delivered in the form of lectures uh seminars a workshop and other tutorials so on and so forth. The focus on biomedical science is to establish students to become independent researchers and also they are going to underpin the future NHS biomedical scientists. On the human biology side again they will learn the research expertise which can be applied in any area within the science in a research field or the pharmaceutical industry.  

There are two types of placement one is the year-long placement although they are very competitive they open up a new era for the students learn in a working environment in an industry such as NHS hospital or pharmaceutical industry. The other type is short placement where university try to give placing the students working in the research laboratory under the supervision of our own staff doing their research and the third type is every single student is expected to learn about the working environment doing a 30-hour placement this is not really linked to the science but it's about the transferable skills they got to learn. So a student will have experience in different types of lab throughout their journey. They will be expected to do cell cultures, they expect to do molecular biology and microbiology and general chemistry, analytical chemistry. All these requires the use of different types of equipments that are normally used in the normal clinical sciences laboratory. Both courses are delivered through the experts who are active in research. So good example is one of our staff is an expert doing a research in human papillomavirus and its effects on head and neck cancer. Then she has already incorporated that into the curriculum so all the students who are doing about either human biology or biomedical science they will learn about human papillomavirus, it's infection, and it's linked to head and neck cancer. So that is an example but all the staff who do their research they incorporate their research expertise into teaching.

Biomedical Science and Human Biology - your questions answered! video

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