Fundamental Research Skills
This module is designed to develop the skills required for students of biochemistry and genetics degree programmes. Students meet with their tutors and will be given a series of assignments designed to develop skills in key areas such as essay writing, presentations and general numeracy.
Human physiology is the study of how our body works in an integrated way. A central principle of human physiology is homeostasis, the maintenance of a relatively stable internal environment. Failure to maintain homeostasis disrupts normal function that may lead to disease (or pathophysiology). Students will be taught the key concepts of homeostasis in the physiological systems of the body, enabling the student to understand the consequences of pathophysiology to human health.
Emphasis will be given to how malfunction of key physiological systems gives rise to disease, using specific examples to enable students to appreciate the relationship between physiology/anatomy and medicine. Fundamental principles of physiology will be illustrated with appropriate clinical examples and during lectures and in practical assignments.
Students will gain practical experience in assessing physiological function during four laboratory-based exercises. The impact of pathophysiology of such systems will be assessed through clinical case studies.
Introduction to neuroscience
In order to help students understand the biological basis for behavioural neuroscience and neurological disorders, this module seeks to integrate cell biology, physiology and biochemistry to understand the founding principles of neuroscience. The aim is to gain a mechanistic and holistic knowledge of the nervous system that builds from the molecular, cellular and developmental, to the systems level. In addition to exploring normal function, this module will introduce common disorders of the central and peripheral nervous systems in an integrated way. Students will be guided in exploring the scientific evidence around what is known and unknown and will be introduced to current research findings in the scientific literature.
Human Biology and the Environment
This module is intended to provide an understanding of how our environmental factors impact on key aspects of human biology. Various environmental factors such as diet, stress, and pollution will be considered with a focus on their effects on epigenetics, inflammation, gut microbiota, mitochondrial health, and oxidative stress in non-communicable diseases in particular (e.g. chronic respiratory disease, cancer and metabolic disorders). The effect of extreme environments (e.g. altitude, space) and ageing on multiple organ systems will be considered. Students will gain practical experience in communicating these issues to scientific and non-scientific audiences.
The aim of this module is to provide a capstone experience to students¿ learning, through participating in their own enquiry-based research project. The project may be laboratory or non-laboratory based, but it will always involve a research question that is drawn from the literature, and focused on a topic relevant to the life sciences. It will ask a novel research question and involve the critical analysis of research findings. Students will refine their oral and written communication skills to a graduate level through creating an introductory presentation on the project background, and a written dissertation and oral presentation on their research conclusions.
Nod y modiwl hwn yw rhoi cyfle i fyfyrwyr gael profiad dysgu capfaen drwy gymryd rhan yn eu prosiect eu hunain yn seiliedig ar gwestiwn ymchwil. Gall y prosiect fod mewn labordy neu heb fod yn labordy ond bydd bob amser yn cynnwys cwestiwn ymchwil sy'n deillio o'r llenyddiaeth, ac sy'n canolbwyntio ar bwnc perthnasol i wyddor feddygol. Bydd yn gofyn cwestiwn ymchwil newydd ac yn cynnwys dadansoddiad beirniadol o ganfyddiadau ymchwil. Bydd myfyrwyr yn mireinio eu sgiliau cyfathrebu llafar ac ysgrifenedig i lefel raddedig, drwy lunio cyflwyniad rhagarweiniol ar gefndir y prosiect, ynghyd â thraethawd estynedig a chyflwyniad llafar ar ganfyddiadau eu hymchwil.
The module aims to provide students with a greater understanding of the human immune system and the causes of a range of diseases associated with immune dysfunction including autoimmune diseases, metabolic disorders and neurological conditions.
Doctor as a Practitioner 4
This module enables medical students to consolidate their clinical and communication skills within their clinical practice, building on what they have learned in the previous years and preparing themselves for the foundation year training programme. Focusing on the notion of the Doctor as a practitioner (Tomorrow's Doctors, GMC 2009), this module enables students to further enhance their skills within a safe but clinically-focused environment.
Advanced Research Project A
The advanced research project is a key component of the final year of study, providing students with experience of
conducting cutting-edge research in the Institute of Life Science and Centre for Nanohealth over an extended period of time.
The project will fall into one of the current medically-related research themes: Biomarkers and Genes; Microbes and
Immunity; Devices and health informatics. Students will employ a range of advanced analytical procedures to investigate a specific topic.
In addition, they will gain experience in preparing a research proposal and presenting their data in various formats.
Research topics will be assigned that are appropriate to a specific degree title. For example, a Genetics student
could be assigned a project investigating gene function in an insect vector of a tropical disease, using the technique
of RNA interference.
The advanced research project is divided between 2 modules, PM-400 and PM-402. PM-400
includes the following components: (1) Preparation of a research poster, (2) A 15-minute audio recording giving a presentation of the research area and (3) Oral defence of the project in a viva.
Advanced Research Project Dissertation
The advanced research project is a key component of the final year of study, providing students with experience of conducting cutting-edge research in the Institute of Life Science and Centre for Nanohealth over an extended period. The projects undertaken will fall into one of the current medically-related research themes. Students will employ a range of advanced analytical procedures to investigate a specific topic. In addition, they will gain experience in preparing a research proposal and presenting their data in various formats. Research topics will be assigned that are appropriate to a specific degree title.
Traethawd Hir Prosiect Ymchwil Uwch
Mae'r prosiect ymchwil uwch yn elfen allweddol o'r flwyddyn astudio olaf, gan roi cyfle i fyfyrwyr gael profiad o ymchwil arloesol yn y Sefydliad Gwyddor Bywyd a'r Ganolfan NanoIechyd am gyfnod estynedig o amser. Bydd y prosiect yn seiliedig ar un o'r themâu ymchwil sy'n ymwneud â'r gwyddorau meddygol. Bydd myfyrwyr yn defnyddio amrywiaeth o dechnegau dadansoddi uwch i ymchwilio i bwnc penodol. Yn ogystal, cânt brofiad o lunio cynnig ymchwil a chyflwyno eu data mewn amrywiaeth o fformatau. Dynodir pynciau ymchwil sy'n briodol i deitl gradd penodol.
Postgraduate Taught Masters Dissertation
In this module the student will be able to gain extensive specialist expertise in a chosen topic which could be targeted to their future career in the field of nanomedicine.
Students will be supervised by University academics and/or members of their research and innovation teams. A variety of project types are available that include:
1. Laboratory based experimental research and data analysis (dependant on laboratory access and capacity).
2. Analysis of experimental data originating from the project supervisor¿s laboratory*
3. Meta-analysis of publicly available experimental data*
4. Systematic analysis of publicly available reported data*
*potentially linking with Swansea¿s data health science or clinical trials unit.
Working with a dedicated academic supervisor students will develop a clear research question, experimental plan and derive, analyse and present research data.
The research topic choice will be made in conjunction with the supervisor, based upon novelty, feasibility and practical considerations on a 'first come first served' basis. The final approval of the topic rests with the project supervisor.
The module lead and academic tutor will provide additional support available throughout the module period.
A series of information sessions and engagement events such as the 3 Minute Thesis and employability for an innovative and integral part of this module.
A small number of placement opportunities may arise with external academic and industry partners. These opportunities will be highlighted early in the first semester, with placements, in the event of high demand, based on student academic performance.