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Session: 2022/23

Last modified: 29/03/2022 14:59:26

Title of Module: Professional Practice in Biomedical Science

Code: BIOL09029 SCQF Level: 9
(Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework)
Credit Points: 20 ECTS: 10
(European Credit Transfer Scheme)
School:School of Health and Life Sciences
Module Co-ordinator:Fraser  Craig

Summary of Module

The employee’s role within the organisation, taking account of his/her own job remit and range of responsibility. Analysis of the range of knowledge and skills required for and used in the job. Operational and managerial structures in the organisation at local and national levels, and the impact on the employee. The Biomedical Scientist as a professional Registered Practitioner. Responsibilities and conduct of a BMS, training and education of BMS. Confidentiality and safe working practice in the BMS role. Features of specimen handling, Quality Assurance systems, risk management and Incident Reporting.

The working environment, opportunities for training and development of self and/or others. Informal learning opportunities in the workplace. Induction and training procedures. Line management vs. operational management; structures and policies. Formal organisational policies and procedures for delivering education and training, both in-house and external. Mechanisms for evaluation of WBL/training; career review and performance-related methods. Discipline-specific BMS laboratory training as appropriate.

Reflective practice, work log/diaries and their role in PDP. Evaluation of mechanisms used by the employer to assess work experience and performance. Students will keep a  log of activities during the module, using the VLE-based PDP feature (i.e. e-Portfolio), to enable assessment of the work experience and to deliver the outcomes of the module.

This module will work to develop a number of the key “I am UWS” Graduate Attributes to make those who complete the module.

  • Culturally aware.
  • Ethically-minded.
  • Emotionally intelligent
  • Effective communicator
  • Autonomous
  • Incisive
  • Effective communicator
  • Resilient

Module Delivery Method
Face-To-FaceBlendedFully OnlineHybridCHybridOWork-based Learning
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Term used to describe the traditional classroom environment where the students and the lecturer meet synchronously in the same room for the whole provision.

A mode of delivery of a module or a programme that involves online and face-to-face delivery of learning, teaching and assessment activities, student support and feedback. A programme may be considered “blended” if it includes a combination of face-to-face, online and blended modules. If an online programme has any compulsory face-to-face and campus elements it must be described as blended with clearly articulated delivery information to manage student expectations

Fully Online
Instruction that is solely delivered by web-based or internet-based technologies. This term is used to describe the previously used terms distance learning and e learning.

Online with mandatory face-to-face learning on Campus

Online with optional face-to-face learning on Campus

Work-based Learning
Learning activities where the main location for the learning experience is in the workplace.

Campus(es) for Module Delivery
The module will normally be offered on the following campuses / or by Distance/Online Learning: (Provided viable student numbers permit)
Paisley:Ayr:Dumfries:Lanarkshire:London:Distance/Online Learning:Other:







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Term(s) for Module Delivery
(Provided viable student numbers permit).
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Learning Outcomes: (maximum of 5 statements)

On successful completion of this module the student will be able to:

L1. Reflect on the the importance of conduct, performance and ethics in being a HCPC registered Biomedical Scientist.

L2. Demonstrate a broad and integrated knowledge of organisational structures and employee roles in an applied setting.

L3. Demonstrate the capacity to critically reflect on the nature of work based learning from a personal perspective.

L4. Assess critically the impact of work based learning with regard to value to the employer.

L5. Relate elements of the work experience to themes and issues of academic study relevant to the Biomedical Sciences programme and the student’s prior experience.

Employability Skills and Personal Development Planning (PDP) Skills
SCQF Headings During completion of this module, there will be an opportunity to achieve core skills in:
Knowledge and Understanding (K and U) SCQF Level 9.

To develop detailed knowledge and understanding in a specialised area relevant to Biomedical Science. Knowledge and understanding of a range of relevant established analytical techniques.

Practice: Applied Knowledge and Understanding SCQF Level 9.

Practice in a professional context specifically relevant to Biomedical Science (e.g. haematology, microbiology). Use skills, practices and techniques which are specialised and advanced.

Generic Cognitive skills SCQF Level 9.

Critically identify, define, conceptualize, and analyse complex/professional level problems and issues. Critically review and consolidate knowledge, skills and practices.

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills SCQF Level 9.

Use a wide range of routine skills in addition to some advanced and specialised skills.

Autonomy, Accountability and Working with others SCQF Level 9.

Exercise autonomy and initiative and also work as part of a laboratory team. Exhibit awareness of responsibilities in a multi-user environment such as a laboratory. Work effectively with other staff. Adopt a professional code of conduct.

Pre-requisites: Before undertaking this module the student should have undertaken the following:
Module Code:
Module Title:
Other:Co-requisites: : Also, availability of workplace experience either as an employee or as a short-term placement arrangement with a suitable biomedical science IBMS-accredited laboratory. Employer agreement is required to enable the module to be completed using workplace experience.
Co-requisitesModule Code:
Module Title:
Professional Laboratory Training in BMS

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

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Learning and Teaching
This module is designed to support the preparation for, and completion of, the laboratory placement. During the module students will be required to complete a reflective diary and to evaluate aspects of their role in the organisation as outlined in Section 5.
Learning Activities
During completion of this module, the learning activities undertaken to achieve the module learning outcomes are stated below:
Student Learning Hours
(Normally totalling 200 hours):
(Note: Learning hours include both contact hours and hours spent on other learning activities)
Tutorial/Synchronous Support Activity12
Laboratory/Practical Demonstration/Workshop120
Independent Study66
Practice Based Learning2
200 Hours Total

**Indicative Resources: (eg. Core text, journals, internet access)

The following materials form essential underpinning for the module content and ultimately for the learning outcomes:

Biomedical Science Practice: Experimental and Professional Skills (Fundamentals of Biomedical Science): Glencross H., Ahmed N. & Wang Q. (eds) OUP, ISBN: 978-0199533299

An Introduction to Biomedical Science in Professional and Clinical Practice: Pitt S. J. & Cunningham J., Wiley-Blackwell, 978-0470057155

HCPC Guidance on Conduct and Ethics.

Information on relevant professional and regulatory body websites (HCPC, IBMS, UK NEQAS/CPA, MHRA, HTA

(**N.B. Although reading lists should include current publications, students are advised (particularly for material marked with an asterisk*) to wait until the start of session for confirmation of the most up-to-date material)

Engagement Requirements

In line with the Academic Engagement Procedure, Students are defined as academically engaged if they are regularly engaged with timetabled teaching sessions, course-related learning resources including those in the Library and on the relevant learning platform, and complete assessments and submit these on time. Please refer to the Academic Engagement Procedure at the following link: Academic engagement procedure

Where a module has Professional, Statutory or Regulatory Body requirements these will be listed here:
Attendance at synchronous sessions (module tutorials and supervisor meetings/tutorials), completion of asynchronous activities, and submission of assessments to meet the learning outcomes of the module. This module requires you to attend the placement provider.

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Supplemental Information

Programme BoardBiological Sciences and Health
Assessment Results (Pass/Fail) Yes
Subject PanelBiology L7-11
ModeratorRichard Thacker
External ExaminerD Stobo
Accreditation DetailsIThis module is part of the BSc (Hons) Applied Biomedical Science programme; accredited by Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS) and approved by Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC).
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Assessment: (also refer to Assessment Outcomes Grids below)

This module is a pass/fail module. Students must obtain 40% in the assessment to pass.
(N.B. (i) Assessment Outcomes Grids for the module (one for each component) can be found below which clearly demonstrate how the learning outcomes of the module will be assessed.
(ii) An indicative schedule listing approximate times within the academic calendar when assessment is likely to feature will be provided within the Student Handbook.)

Assessment Outcome Grids (Footnote A.)

Component 1
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Learning Outcome (4) Learning Outcome (5) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
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Combined Total For All Components100% 0 hours

A. Referred to within Assessment Section above
B. Identified in the Learning Outcome Section above

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  1. More than one assessment method can be used to assess individual learning outcomes.
  2. Schools are responsible for determining student contact hours. Please refer to University Policy on contact hours (extract contained within section 10 of the Module Descriptor guidance note).
    This will normally be variable across Schools, dependent on Programmes &/or Professional requirements.

Equality and Diversity
In line with current legislation (Equality Act, 2010) and the UWS Equality, Diversity, and Human Rights Code, our modules are accessible and inclusive, with reasonable adjustment for different needs where appropriate. Module materials comply with University guidance on inclusive learning and teaching, and specialist assistive equipment, support provision and adjustment to assessment practice will be made in accordance with UWS policy and regulations. Where modules require practical and/or laboratory based learning or assessment required to meet accrediting body requirements the University will make reasonable adjustment such as adjustable height benches or assistance of a ‘buddy’ or helper.
Completion of this module requires the student to participate in an extended period with a placement provider which may include laboratory based activity. The University will work with placement provider where possible to make reasonable adjustments.
Some placements may require the student to obtain a satisfactory Disclosure Scotland report before they can be assigned a placement.

UWS Equality and Diversity Policy
(N.B. Every effort will be made by the University to accommodate any equality and diversity issues brought to the attention of the School)

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