Biomed 5

  Key facts:

  • 20 undergraduate level credits
  • Campus Based
  • Standalone module
  • Module code: BY1MI1

This course is for you if you wish to develop your knowledge of microbiological organisms such as bacteria, fungi, viruses and parasites. This module will explore topics such as functional anatomy, observing microbes, antibiotics and clinical microbiology. This course is ideal if you wish to “top-up” your existing degree to become a registered Biomedical Scientist, or if you are looking to take a course as part of your continuing professional development.

  • Credit value: 20 undergraduate level credits

  • Specific level: This is a Level 4 module, equivalent to Year 1 of an undergraduate degree

  • Mode of delivery: Campus Based

  • Course type: Standalone Module 

  • Number of places available: Up to 15

  • Start date: September

  • Duration: Registration covers one academic year. Course delivery is scheduled over 12 weeks during Term 2, with an examination in May. Although this will depend upon the individual, a typical student can expect to spend around 16 hours a week studying throughout the duration of the course delivery, equivalent to 200 hours of study in total.

  • Entry requirements: 

    • General entry requirements: In order to study this module you must have a non-accredited undergraduate degree in Biomedical Sciences or an undergraduate degree in a related field (such as biology or biochemistry). 

    • Taking this module in order to “top-up” your existing degree for IBMS registration: Prior to registering for a top-up module (or modules) you need to contact the Institute of Biomedical Science. They will assess your degree in order to confirm that it is eligible for “Top-Up” and to determine the additional subject areas in which you need further qualifications. You will need to contact the IBMS by April in the year of application to ensure that you have confirmation of your module requirements in time to register for your modules with Aston University.

    • Degrees not eligible for Top-up: If your degree is not eligible for top up but you still wish to become a registered Biomedical Scientist, we recommend that you apply to take our accredited BSc Biomedical Science undergraduate degree.

    • Taking this module for professional development: No additional requirements apply.

    • International students: we welcome applications from international students who are already in the UK with a valid visa. Unfortunately we are not able to accept applications from international students who wish to come to the UK solely to take this course. We are also not able to accept international students to take the distance learning route. You will be asked to provide a scanned copy of your UK visa, and of your passport when you submit the online registration form so that we can check you are eligible to take the top up modules.

Application deadlines: 

  • Application to IBMS (if applicable):

    • UK / EU students: April
    • International students: April
  • Application to Aston University:
    • UK / EU students: 31 July (please note that you must also have paid the course fee in full by 31 August)
    • International students: 1 July (please note that you must also have paid the course fee in full by 31 July)
    • If you wish to apply after the deadline, please contact us to check as depending upon availability we may still be able to consider your application.
  • Enrolment: 
    • UK / EU students: September
    • International students: September
How to apply:
  • Applications are currently open for our next intake. See above for details about applying to the IBMS if applicable.
  • Please complete an online application form. You will also need to download, complete, and upload a copy of the following form as part of the online application form: Biomedical Science Modules Form  .
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For 2018 entry: £1100
This course is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS).

This course allows you to develop your knowledge in bacteriology, including topics such as such as functional anatomy, observing microbes, antibiotics and clinical microbiology. It is ideal if you wish to “top-up” your existing degree to become a registered Biomedical Scientist, or if you are looking to take a course as part of your continuing professional development.

This module is available on campus “by attendance” only (please note that the distance learning route that is available on our other top up modules is not available for this module). 

You will attend the university at the start of the academic year to register and participate in an induction session for Top-up students. You will be shown how to access your university record and Blackboard (the Virtual Learning Environment). 

Throughout the duration of the course you will attend the on campus lectures, practicals and group learning sessions or tutorials. Most of these will take place in a condensed 12 week block in the spring term. You will also need to attend examinations which will take place on campus in May. As an example, in the 2016-2017 academic year teaching took place as:

  • Lectures between 3pm and 4pm on Mondays in weeks 15 to 17 and 11am to 12noon on Wednesdays in weeks 15 to 25
  • Practicals between 10am and 1pm OR 2pm and 5pm on Thursdays in weeks 15 to 19.
Please note that this is for illustrative purposes only. The module is examined via an online quiz, laboratory skills assessment and an examination during the May examination period. 

This course will provide you with a theoretical and practical background in the subject of bacteriology, the importance of bacteria in human infection, the methods used to isolate and identify bacteria causing infection and the appropriate antibiotics for the treatment of infections.

Topics covered in this module include:

  • Introduction to Microbiology
  • Observing microbes 
  • Bacterial functional anatomy 
  • Bacterial growth 
  • Introduction to antibiotics 
  • Bacterial Culture media
  • Introduction to Mycology 
  • Introduction to Virology 
  • Introduction to Parasitology 
  • Introduction to infection and healthcare associated infection.

The practical element of the course gives students a clear indication of how these practicals illustrate and amplify lecture material. Five 3 hour practicals explore a variety of aspects which contribute to the activity and pathogenicity of microorganisms, in particular bacteria:

  • Ability of microbes to survive environment variably
  • Bacterial characteristics which allow them to infect, colonise and proliferate in host tissue
  • Host defences
  • Identification of bacteria
  • Mode of action and effectiveness of antibiotics.

You will attend lectures and practical sessions in our modern and well-appointed facilities. These sessions are supported by a Virtul Learning Enviroment known as Blackboard. This will include recorded lectures, self-assessment quizzes, timetables, and some directed reading. Coursework submission and feedback are also mainly via this route. Blackboard allows you to access a comprehensive range of study materials, scientific journals, e-journals, databases and much more.

Our CPD courses offer you the opportunity to enhance your knowledge and skills in order to develop your career. In addition, our ethos is to equip you to make a real difference in your field.

These modules will allow you to obtain the academic competences that are required to apply to the Health Professions Council for Registration as a Biomedical Scientist.

Our courses are written and delivered by staff at the forefront of Life and Health Sciences teaching and research. Many members of staff practise / have practised professionally. In the recent Teaching Excellence Framework assessment, Aston University was awarded Gold, the highest award possible. In addition, our courses are regularly reviewed by relevant professional experts.

Biomedical Sciences Top Up Modules Course Director: Dr Jonathan Cox

Module Coordinator: Dr J Cox

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