Programme And Module Handbook
Programme Specification

Date Specification Approved 15/04/2019
College College Medicine and Den Sci
School Institute of Clinical Sciences
Department Dentistry
Partner College and School
Collaborative Organisation and Form of Collaboration
Qualification and Programme Title B.Med.Sc. Biomedical Materials Science Full-time
Programme Code 1726
Delivery Location Campus
Language of Study English
Length of Programme 3 Year(s)
Accreditations This programme has no outside accreditations
Aims of the Programme 1. To provide a multidisciplinary programme which equips students for a broad range of career options, particularly in the area of medical research related to biomaterials.

2. To produce graduates who have a thorough knowledge of biomaterials used in clinical medicine and dentistry and their interactions with the body and who are able to contribute to their development and use.
Programme Outcomes
Students are expected to have Knowledge and Understanding of: Which will be gained through the following Teaching and Learning methods: and assessed using the following methods:
1) The basic anatomy and physiology of the human body in health and disease relevant to the use of biomedical materials for augmentation, repair or replacement.

2) The nature and properties of materials and the techniques used in the manufacture of prostheses.

3) Biomedical materials currently in use, their strengths and limitations, possible causes of failure, and the potential biological and clinical consequences of implantation into the body.

4) The ability to select appropriate methods for the determination of the physical and mechanical properties of biomedical materials and assessment of their potential clinical performance.

5) The ability to undertake a basic in vitro evaluation of “biocompatibility” of materials by assessing cellular responses to a material in a specific environment.
1) - 4) Lectures, small group teaching, tutorials, practical classes; quizzes, oral presentations, and problem based learning; supported by online material (Canvas); computer assisted learning.

5) Lectures, practical classes, tutorials.
1) - 4) Coursework: Essays, practical reports; oral presentations; data analysis exercises Examinations: written unseen and MCQ; class tests.

5) Practical reports and written examination.
Students are expected to have attained the following Skills and other Attributes: Which will be gained through the following Teaching and Learning methods: and assessed using the following methods:
Reasoning Skills: Problem solving; planning, conduct and reporting of a research project; Analysis and interpretation of scientific data from a variety of sources and ability to apply appropriate statistical methods

Practical Skills:
Undertake laboratory work safely and competently and gather data in an accurate and reproducible manner

Transferable Skills:
Effective communication: organise and present information in an appropriate written form and as oral/poster presentations; Use IT and communication technologies effectively; Use bibliographical databases and library facilities effectively; Acquire independent learning skills; Acquire time-management skills and work to deadlines; Work effectively in groups towards a common task.
1:These skills are encouraged throughout the programme in relation to the appropriate choice and use of materials for specific biomedical applications. Analysis and interpretation of scientific data is developed through practical work, case studies and data evaluation. A research project is carried out at level 3

2: These skills are developed through laboratory practical classes and associated lectures / demonstrations (levels 1, 2 and 3) and during an extended laboratory research project (level 3)

3: Tuition is given in IT and communication technologies and on locating and extracting information from a variety of electronic and printed sources. Guidelines are provided on coursework essay writing (including referencing and avoiding plagiarism) and oral presentations and reinforced through feedback on assignments. These activities are further reinforced by independent learning exercises.
1: Formative and summative assessments in tutorials and examinations including problem based learning sessions, practical reports; Final year project extended abstract and dissertation

2: All experimental results obtained in laboratory classes are written up. Specific skills such as preparation of a tooth cavity are assessed in class. The 3rd year project work (effort and achievement) is assessed.

3: Through coursework, essays, case studies, presentations, final year project dissertation and poster defence.