University of Chester

Programme Specification
Health Care Sciences FDS
2016 - 2017

Foundation Science Degree

Health Care Sciences

Health Care Sciences

University of Chester

University of Chester

University of Chester and Distance Learning

Undergraduate Modular Programme

Part-time

Distance,

4 years

5 Years

Annual - September

N/A

B900

No

17a. Faculty

17b. Department

Medicine, Dentistry and Life Sciences Biological Sciences

Biomedical Science, Healthcare Sciences

Programme Approved by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS)

Department of Biological Sciences

Wednesday 3rd December 2014

The overall aims of the Foundation Degree in Healthcare Sciences are to:  

  • provide a high quality academic and work-related practical programme of study in Healthcare Science (HCS), with learning opportunities for students from a variety of backgrounds both in their place of work and through the facilities and expertise at the University of Chester.
  • provide students with the knowledge, understanding and skills required by employers in the Health Sector, using teaching, learning and assessment strategies that develop professional experience concurrent with academic development.
  • offer flexible delivery modes and study patterns to meet the needs of students from a variety of backgrounds and employment patterns.
  • provide a high quality academic and work-related practical programme of study in Healthcare Sciences that remains relevant, valid and responsive to the needs of employers and students, by maintaining and expanding effective partnerships with students, employers, professional bodies and sector skills councils.
  • provide a programme of study in Healthcare Sciences that qualifies students for further study at honours degree level.
  • provide a degree programme that provides students with the academic skills and confidence to engage in further learning throughout their lives.


Knowledge and Understanding(KU)

  1. Demonstrate extensive knowledge and a critical understanding of relevant theoretical concepts;
  2. Demonstrate a critical understanding of a broad range of practical issues as applied to the field of biomedical sciences;
  3. Synthesize and integrate knowledge and understanding from different areas of biomedical sciences;
  4. Apply a critically and theoretically informed perspective to relevant issues and current developments in biomedical sciences; This skill is mapped to each of the HCS modules in the table below.

 

Code

 

Title

 

KU

BI4934

Health Care Scientist & Patient Care

 

BI4927

Cell & Tissues Science

BI4926

Essential Biological Chemistry

BI4928

Anatomy & Physiology

BI4932

Introduction to Genetics

BI4933

Haematology & Immunology

BI5934

Transfusion Science

BI5933

Tissue & Transplantation

BI5935

Applied Molecular Biology

BI5937

Biology of Disease

BI5936

Microbiology

BI5930

Research Methods & Medical Ethics

 

Thinking or Cognitive Skills (TCS)

  1. Adopt a scientific and rigorous approach to academic study;
  2. Apply and evaluate a scientific approach to academic study;
  3. Analyse/evaluate/interpret data;
  4. Formulate and test hypotheses;
  5. Plan, conduct and report on a specific research project

 This skill is mapped to each of the HCS modules in the table below.

 

Code

 

Title

 

TCS

BI4934

Health Care Scientist & Patient Care

BI4927

Cell & Tissues Science

BI4926

Essential Biological Chemistry

BI4928

Anatomy & Physiology

 

BI4932

Introduction to Genetics

BI4933

Haematology & Immunology

BI5934

Transfusion Science

BI5933

Tissue & Transplantation

BI5935

Applied Molecular Biology

BI5937

Biology of Disease

BI5936

Microbiology

BI5930

Research Methods & Medical Ethics


 

Practical Skills (PS)

  1. Observe, record accurately and account for features in the laboratory;
  2. Prepare descriptive and interpretive laboratory reports;
  3. Demonstrate the skills involved in the preparation of practical reports;
  4. Use IT and understand both descriptive and inferential statistics;

 This skill is mapped to each of the HCS modules in the table below.

 

Code

 

Title

 

PS

BI4934

Health Care Scientist & Patient Care

 

BI4927

Cell & Tissues Science

 

BI4926

Essential Biological Chemistry

BI4928

Anatomy & Physiology

BI4932

Introduction to Genetics

 

BI4933

Haematology & Immunology

BI5934

Transfusion Science

BI5933

Tissue & Transplantation

 

BI5935

Applied Molecular Biology

BI5937

Biology of Disease

 

BI5936

Microbiology

 

BI5930

Research Methods & Medical Ethics

 


 

Key Skills (KS)

  • Communication
  • Application of Number
  • Information Literacy and Technology
  • Improving own learning and performance
  • Working with others
  • Problem solving



Employability skills encompass the attributes that help graduates to secure employment , enable them to respond to the changing demands of the workplace and contribute positively to their employer’s success and their own progress are essential as outcomes in programmes of study. Employability skills include; self-management, team working, business and customer awareness, problem-solving, communication and literacy, application of numeracy, application of information technology. All programme modules delivered by the Dept of Biological Sciences have identifiable employability learning outcomes. These have been developed to help student’s identify and develop skills that will equip them for their working lives.
Transferable Professional Skills (TPS)

  1. Learn in familiar and unfamiliar situations;
  2. Communicate effectively (in writing, verbally and through presentation);
  3. Apply basic numerical skills in the scientific context;
  4. Use information technology competently and appropriately (e.g. use of standard word processing packages; internet; databases; spreadsheets and specialist software as appropriate);
  5. Work as part of a team. These skills (KS and TPS) are mapped to each of the HCS modules in the table below.

     

    Code

     

    Title

     

    KS

     

    TPS

    BI4934

    Health Care Scientist & Patient Care

    BI4927

    Cell & Tissues Science

    BI4926

    Essential Biological Chemistry

    BI4928

    Anatomy & Physiology

    BI4932

    Introduction to Genetics

    BI4933

    Haematology & Immunology

    BI5934

    Transfusion Science

    BI5933

    Tissue & Transplantation

    BI5935

    Applied Molecular Biology

    BI5937

    Biology of Disease

    BI5936

    Microbiology

    BI5930

    Research Methods & Medical Ethics

The programme will be delivered via blended learning, comprising distance learning supplemented by face-to-face tuition at Residential Schools. Each module takes the form of a learning package consisting of a tutor-prepared module text which is supported and developed by text and online resources (accessed via the module space on SharePoint Portal) such as self-assessment questions, websites, emails, discussion boards, etc. Students normally complete 3 modules per academic year.

The content of the programme has been informed by the requirements of:

Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS) Standards of Proficiency

Health & Care Professions Council (HPC) Standards of Proficiency

QAA Subject Benchmarks for Healthcare Professional Training.

In addition, the modular content and organisation of this programme are informed by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS). Students who successfully complete the Foundation Science Degree can enter Level 6 of the BSc (Hons) degree in Biomedical Science.

For students on the Health Care Sciences, all modules are core covering essential skills and concepts in genetics; biochemistry; physiology; microbiology; immunology and data analysis.

Mod-Code Level Title Credit Single
BI4926 4 DL Essential Biological Chemistry 20 Comp
BI4927 4 Cell and Tissue Science 20 Comp
BI4928 4 DL Anatomy and Physiology 20 Comp
BI4932 4 DL Introduction to Genetics 20 Comp
BI4933 4 Haematology and Immunology (DL) 20 Comp
BI4934 4 Health Care Scientist and Patient Care (DL) 20 Comp
BI5935 4 Applied Molecular Biology 20 Comp
BI5930 5 Research Methods and Medical Ethics 20 Comp
BI5933 5 Tissues and Transplantation 20 Comp
BI5934 5 Transfusion Science 20 Comp
BI5936 5 Microbiology 20 Comp
BI5937 5 The Biology of Disease (FD) 20 Comp

Level 4: 6 modules 120 credits
Level 5: 6 modules 120 credits

The Healthcare sciences programme is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS)

All modules are compulsory and the modular content and organisation of this programme are informed by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS). The IBMS stipulates that the degree “must include relevant basic scientific core subjects, together with a study of the Biomedical Science specialist subjects, integrated through a study of the biology of disease” (IBMS Criteria and Requirements for the Accreditation and Re-Accreditation of BSc (Hons) degrees in Biomedical Science, November 2004).

 

Generally, NHSBT students are accepted into the programme on the basis of the recommendation of (a) their line manager and (b) NHS/ NHSBT training officer. Informal interviews are held at the University prior to acceptance and to confirm the selection.

As this Foundation Degree is aimed mainly at experienced members of NHS and NHSBT staff, formal academic qualifications are not always a requirement for entry. Some applicants may, therefore, enter the programme on the recommendation of their line manager, who will provide a profile of work-based skills and knowledge that may include academic qualifications. Evidence of successful completion of NHS/NHSBT training courses and CPD activities will be an advantage. Applicants under the age of 21 years may be expected to have more formal academic qualifications, such as A-level sciences or GNVQ at the appropriate level.

Part-time applications are made direct to the University of Chester.

Applicants may be interviewed at the University prior to acceptance on to the programme. The interview will focus on personal qualities and related skills in addition to formal academic

The subject benchmark statements in Biomedical Science have been used as an important reference point in the construction of this programme’s learning outcomes, knowledge, skills and content together with the methods of learning, teaching and assessment. All the benchmarks detailed in the Biomedical Science Subject Benchmark Statement (The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education 2007) are listed and the relevant module(s) indicated where each benchmark is addressed. All Foundation Degree students take the 12 modules indicated, and consequently each student has the opportunity to “acquire knowledge in the subject areas indicated below” (The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education 2007).

Benchmarking

Core Knowledge

Module(s) addressing Subject Benchmark
Human anatomy and physiology is the study of the structure, function and control of the human body, its component parts and major systems. Anatomy and Physiology (BI4928)
Cells and Tissue Science (BI4927)
Biochemistry is the study of chemical processes which support life. It includes the structure, functions and metabolism, including its control, of carbohydrates, lipids, nucleic acids and proteins.

Essential Biological Chemistry (BI4926)

Introduction to Genetics (BI4932)

Applied Molecular Biology (BI5935)            

Cells and Tissue Science (BI4927)

Molecular genetics is the study of structure, function and control of genes; techniques used in such study and the causes and consequences of alterations of genetic material.

Introduction to Genetics (BI4932)
Applied Molecular Biology (BI4935)

Immunology is the study of the immune response in health and disease. Haematology and Immunology (BI4933)
Transfusion Science (BI5934)
Tissues and Transplantation (BI5933)
Biology of Disease (BI5937)
Microbiology is the study of the structure, physiology, biochemistry, classification and control of micro-organisms. Microbiology (BI5936)
Biology of Disease (BI5937)
Biomedical Science Key Subjects Module(s) addressing Subject Benchmark
Cellular pathology is the microscopic examination of cells (cytology) and tissues (histology) for indicators of disease. A BMS graduate will have a knowledge of the role of cellular pathology in the diagnosis and treatment of disease and of:· the preparation of tissue and cells for microscopic examination;· microscopy and its application;· the histology and ultra structure of normal and abnormal tissues and cells;· immunocytochemistry and histochemistry. Cells and Tissue Science (BI4927)
Biology of Disease (BI5937)
Haematology and Immunology (BI4933) 
Clinical biochemistry is the qualitative and quantitative evaluation of analytes to aid the diagnosis, screening and monitoring of health and disease. A BMS graduate will have knowledge of:· the principles of methods used in clinical biochemistry;· the investigation, management and consequences of function and dysfunction of organs and systems;· the principles of biochemical investigations used in the diagnosis, treatment and management of hereditary malignant disease;· therapeutic drug monitoring and investigation of substance abuse.

Cells and Tissue Science (BI4927)
Biology of Disease (BI5937)
Haematology and Immunology (BI4933)
Applied Molecular Biology (BI5935)

Clinical immunology is the study of immunological diseases or disorders. A BMS graduate will have a knowledge of:· the principles of the measurement of effectors of the immune response;· the principles of organ transplantation;· prophylaxis and immunotherapy;· detection and monitoring of treatment of neoplasia

Haematology and Immunology (BI4933)

Tissues and Transplantation (BI5933)

Haematology is the study and investigation of the different elements that constitute blood in normal and diseased states. A BMS graduate will have a knowledge of:· the structure and function of bone marrow;· the role, structure and function of red and white cells;· the nature and diagnosis of anaemias;· haemoglobinopathies and thalassaemias;· haematological malignancy;· haemostasis and thrombosis.

Haematology and Immunology (BI4933)

Transfusion Science (BI5934)

Immunohaematology and transfusion science. Immunohaematology is the identification of blood group antigens and antibodies. Transfusion science ensures a safe supply of blood and blood components. A BMS graduate will have knowledge of:· the genetics, inheritance, structure and role of red cell antigens;· the preparation, storage and use of blood components;· the selection of appropriate blood components for transfusion and possible adverse effects;· immune mediated destruction of blood cells;· the role of histocompatibility antigens in transplantation. Haematology and Immunology (BI4933)
Transfusion Science (BI5934)
Medical microbiology is the study of pathogenic micro-organisms. A BMS graduate will have knowledge of:· classification, structure and function of bacteria, fungi, helminths, parasites and viruses;· the role of ‘normal flora’;· the epidemiology of infectious diseases;· food, water and environmental microbiology;· anti-microbial and anti-viral therapy;· vaccination and immunisation;· the laboratory investigation of infectious disease. Microbiology (BI5936)
Biology of Disease (BI5937)
Integrated Studies Module(s) addressing Subject Benchmark
Biology of Disease is the integrated study of a range of human disorders and disease processes together with their investigation. The effects of treatment must also be considered. Biology of Disease (BI5937)
Subject and Other Skills Module(s) addressing Subject Benchmark
There is a range of skills which a Foundation Degree graduate will have acquired during the programme of study:· key/transferable skills (communication, IT, numeracy, data analysis);· research skills;· skills associated with biomedical laboratory practice.A graduate will be aware of the need for compliance with health and safety policies, good laboratory practice, risk and COSHH assessments and the importance of quality control and quality assurance.

The Health Care Scientist and Patient Care (BI4934).

Research Methods and Medical Ethics (BI5930)

The table below indicates the key skills as determined by the Biomedical Science Subject Benchmark Statement (The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education 2007) for each module comprising the programme.

Key

Knowledge and Understanding (KU); Thinking or Cognitive Skills (TCS); Practical Skills (PS); Key Skills (KS); Transferable Professional Skills (TPS) 

 

 

Code
 Title  KU  TCS  PS  KS  TPS
BI4934 Health Care Scientist & Patient Care    
BI4927 Cell & Tissues Science  
BI4926 Essential Biological Chemistry
BI4928 Anatomy & Physiology  
BI4932 Introduction to Genetics  
BI4933 Haematology & Immunology
BI5934 Transfusion Science
BI5933 Tissue & Transplantation  
BI5935 Applied Molecular Biology
BI5937 Biology of Disease  
BI5936 Microbiology  
BI5930 Research Methods & Medical Ethics    

The programme will be delivered by blended learning in the form of learning packages, e-mail, discussion boards, telephone contact, residential schools and work place mentoring. The Module Texts (supplemented by set texts) will provide the main learning materials and the University intranet (Portal) will be used to provide the learning framework, information on work patterns, additional support materials and the platform for communication throughout the programme. The attendance at a residential school will be at the start and end of each module. Appropriate expert mentorship in the workplace will be provided on a day-to-day basis.

Members of the Department of Biological Sciences have many years of experience in offering distinctive programmes of study at diploma, undergraduate, postgraduate and post-experience levels. The Department has considerable experience of supporting the learning needs of mature students and of students generally with ‘non-standard entry’ qualifications. Considerable experience has been achieved with students with limited entry qualifications both in terms of academic performance and personal development. Consequently, students encounter a broad range of teaching and learning experiences across all levels of study as befits the subject matter. Methods of teaching and learning are indicated clearly in each module descriptor and the list that follows describes the variety of approaches used by tutors.

Residential Schools At the start of each module, students will attend a residential school at which the module content (including support provision, learning materials and assessment details) will be described. Considerable guidance will be given on learning to learn, accessing and using resources and preparing assignments as well as an introduction to the modular content. The help given will be more extensive at level 4: at level 5 the support will be similar but appropriate to a learner who has developed a degree of autonomy. At this second level, more emphasis will be given to the modular content. Throughout both levels, students will be encouraged to become autonomous learners. Students will be encouraged to form self-help groups (communicating through e-mail, discussion boards or telephone) and these will be explained and organised at the residential school. On completion of the allocated time for the module, there will be a second residential school. This will be used for any formal assessment – as described in the module descriptor – and module evaluation and staff/student liaison meetings. 

Student Mentoring
All students will be expected have a work-based mentor (training officer) who will normally be a colleague. The mentor’s role in the work place is to support learners, in whatever capacity they are learning, to enable the learners to share their learning experiences. The mentor will help provide a framework for advising and sharing of work-related experience, to encourage and stimulate appropriate questioning and enabling the learners to identify appropriate work-based learning contexts. Mentors will not be responsible for formal assessments procedures although they will be available to help in preparing students for assessments.

Mentor training is organised and delivered by staff in the Centre for Work Related Studies at the University. There will be ongoing sessions for mentors to monitor and support and evaluate progress when the Foundation Degree programme is running. 

The strategy is designed to introduce students to a range of assessment methods and develop their performance in assessment. Generally, there is a balance between course work and examination – this has been departmental policy for some time. The staff believe that in preparing and submitting course work, which can include essays, laboratory and data handling exercises, students are given time and scope to present their work in a variety of modes particularly where an examination would be inappropriate. However, we are aware that examinations have an important role in summative assessment as well as giving academic credibility, both externally and internally, to the work of the Department.  

Formative assessment features particularly in the Level 4 modules and is designed to introduce students to assessment at higher education and make them aware of what is expected of them . There will be set assignments which will be marked using the normal marking criteria but the marks will not be formally recorded. Extensive written feedback will be given to students following the marking period. This feedback can be discussed with both the module tutor (via e-mail) or the work place mentor.

Code

Title Essay    Lab report Poster Presentation Other (e.g. critical review, project report, biological diagrams) Exam or class test
BI4934 Health Care Scientist & Patient Care        
BI4927 Cell & Tissues Science          √
BI4926 Essential Biological Chemistry         √ 
BI4128 Anatomy & Physiology          
BI4932 Introduction to Genetics        
BI4933 Haematology & Immunology         √ 
BI5934 Transfusion Science         √ 
BI5933 Tissue & Transplantation          
BI5935 Applied Molecular Biology        
BI5937 Biology of Disease        
BI5936 Microbiology        
BI5930 Research Methods & Medical Ethics        

The (BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science programme is designed to equip graduates with the practical (transferable) skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to embark on a career as a Biomedical Scientist, either in industry or within the private or health sector. It is appreciated, however, that some graduates may ultimately decide not to embark on such a career pathway. The transferable skills embedded throughout the programme equip graduates to enter other areas of employment or to continue their studies for a postgraduate qualification.

The programmes of study in the Dept of Biological Sciences fully embrace the University’s commitment to the active promotion of equality of opportunity.  The  University seeks to ensure that no student is disadvantaged or discriminated against on the grounds of: gender; age; marital or parental status; sexual orientation; racial group (race, colour, nationality, ethnicity or national origins); creed (religious, political or personal beliefs or principles); membership or non-membership of a trade union; and socio-economic background. It also aims to ensure that disabled people and those with special needs do not suffer unfair discrimination, and that they are enabled to achieve their full potential as students.  The ultimate objective of the programmes delivered are to ensure all aspects of delivery are open to all sections of society and in whose activities all students can participate to the best of their ability. This programme is designed to ensure inclusivity and to ensure that the diverse needs of our students are provided for.  At a departmental level all programmes are developed and delivered with the following aspects in mind:

  • Admission requirements are clearly set out in promotional materials and due consideration is given to a policy of widening access, participation, diversity and equality. 
  • Each module and programme is developed in line with University policy to both promote equality and diversity and encourage all students in the development of their learning.
  • There is flexibility in materials and delivery of teaching to support students with disability or from culturally diverse backgrounds and the Department works closely with Learning Support in delivering this support through Learning Support Plans.
  • The induction week activities are designed to integrate all students both academically and socially and to make academic staff aware of any issues.  Students are made aware of avenues of support if they a have any issues regarding diversity and equality.
  • Supportive formative exercises are presented in modules in the first year to give all students an equal chance of succeeding.
  • Assessments are designed to afford equal opportunity to all students to display their knowledge and skills. The introduction of anonymous marking and the blue sticker scheme also enhance equal opportunity to all students.
  • In order to ensure that the needs of all students are met any barriers to access (physical, environmental and curriculum) are identified and removed or reasonable adjustments will be made based on requirements.
  • All learning materials and teaching and learning sessions are designed to be free from racist, sexist and other discriminatory assumptions and practices.
  • All lecturers are aware of diversity issues and discharge their PAT roles with knowledge and sympathy and all students are made aware of the Department structures to discuss issues should a concern arise. 

Students who successfully complete the programme are eligible to progress to Level 6 (top-up) of the BSc Biomedical Science programme.

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