Medical Bioscience

Module code: MB1080

Module co-ordinator: Dr Chris Willmott

Module Aims

This module will introduce students to four medically-relevant topics with cross-disciplinary relevance: cancer and genomics; wound healing and scarring; the importance of the microbiome in health and disease; and autoimmune diseases. There will be a strong emphasis throughout, particularly within the assessed activities, on the development of skills which should provide a base for work in the remainder of the degree course and beyond. During these modules students should become familiar with the attributes of good scientific writing and be able to apply these to their own written work; they should develop their oral presentation skills; and develop skills in analysis and evaluation of scientific data.

Intended Learning Outcomes

On completion of the module, students should be able to:

  1. Describe the molecular basis of wound healing and scarring
  2. Discuss the importance of genomics to cancer diagnosis and prognosis
  3. Describe the role of the microbiome in disease
  4. Describe the molecular basis of autoimmune disease
  5. Demonstrate awareness of the key features of an effective essay-style examination answer
  6. Construct a report to convey the results of a scientific investigation
  7. Carry out basic numerical manipulations of scientific measurements, and critically analyse experimental data
  8. Identify the features of an effective oral presentation
  9. Prepare effective visual aids (e.g. PowerPoint slides)

Module Description

This module will be delivered through a series of lectures and work-sessions, with an emphasis on student-centred activities.


Your performance in this module will be assessed continuously. There will be four assignments, each contributing 25% towards the overall mark for the module. These are: an essay under exam conditions; a scientific report; an oral presentation; and a data-handling exercise. All four pieces of work must be undertaken in order to complete the requirements for completion of the module.