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Integrating science with professional practice (ICM7090)

Module convener:                           


Other Key Staff:                              

Professor Olwyn Westwood

This module is the first module undertaken and will consolidate knowledge gained by students during undergraduate studies and will ensure a solid basis upon which the first work placement can take place. Underpinning the need for inter-professional activities some tuition may be with GEP medical students or MSC clinical microbiology students.
Students will develop an awareness of the professional responsibilities of the clinical scientist and their role within the wider NHS.
Infectious Disease specific elements of the course will include basic laboratory training.

The module aims to prepare students for their first work placement. As students have a diverse background a period of consolidation and reinforcement of current knowledge is undertaken which includes preparation for the role of scientist within the NHS.
It is anticipated that students will become active members of NHS staff whilst on work placement and therefore this module ensures that students have a firm understanding of basic skills required to behave safely within a category 2 laboratory and are also aware of the further training they would require from the work placement.


At the end of this module students will have a knowledge and understanding of:

  • the structure and function of the major organs and systems of the human body in health and disease.
  • the principles of human genetics
  • the concept of commensal and pathogenic organisms
  • professional behaviour as a clinical scientist
  • the role of health economics and apply them to healthcare science and to the general population.

At the end of this module students will have intellectual skills which will enable them to:

  • apply basic principles of communication with patients and healthcare professionals including history taking and clinical examination where relevant.
  • understand the importance of the concept of shared leadership and the associated personal qualities and behaviours that promote shared leadership.
  • explain the structure and management of health and social care services and the management of local healthcare systems in the United Kingdom.

At the end of this module students will have the following transferable skills and will be able to:

  • apply a range of study skills including time management, organisational skills, using the library, search engines, self-directed learning, reflective practice and critical analysis
  • demonstrate communication skills by listening to others, taking other viewpoints into consideration, giving effective feedback, receiving and responding to feedback and working in a team.
  • demonstrate knowledge of the influence of culture and beliefs on health.

At the end of this module students will have the following practical skills and will be able to:

  • work safely in a category 2 microbiology laboratory environment
  • demonstrate the application of sterile technique
  • demonstrate basic skills which will enable the student to participate fully in their professional rotations in the work place.

Students are expected to develop a strong basic background from text books but this must be supplemented by research in current scientific literature.

Suggested background texts include:
Kumar and Clark's Clinical Medicine ed: Kumar and Clark published by Saunders Ltd
Oxford Handbook of clinical medicine ed: Longmore published by OUP


Type of assessment: Coursework
Duration: 3000 words
Percentage weighting in module: 30%

Practical Key Skills

Type of assessment: Practical
Duration: 90 minutes
Percentage weighting in module: 30%

Professional reflection

Type of assessment: Professional Capability
Duration: 3000 words
Percentage weighting in module: 40%

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