Techniques and Applications in Biomedical Science
This unit builds on the knowledge of nucleic acids and cell biology gained in level 4 and introduces students to the key principles of molecular diagnostics. The methodologies are described in depth and put in the context of disease diagnosis and biomedical research. Topics include various types of PCR, cloning, sequencing, immunoassays, bioinformatics and the utility of in vivo and in vitro models of disease. The application of omic technologies is also considered and discussed in the context of molecular epidemiology and biostatistics.
Exercise and Environmental Physiology
This unit aims to expand on knowledge of human and exercise physiology obtained during the first year by examining, in detail, the response of physiological systems to exercise and environmental stress.
Neuroscience and Pharmacology
This unit will cover anatomy and physiology of nervous systems; neurotransmitters and their receptors; neuropharmacology; psychoactive drugs; sensory systems; motor systems; neurological disorders.
This unit investigates the role of microbiology in the diagnosis and treatment of disease, and the pathogenic changes that occur as a result of interactions between host and parasite. Throughout the unit, aspects of epidemiology and pharmacology will be used to describe prevention, control and treatment of infectious disease.
The Blood Science unit looks at the roles of haematology and clinical biochemistry laboratory tests in the diagnosis, treatment and monitoring of disease processes. A range of haematological and biochemical disorders are studied ranging from disorders of renal function and the endocrine system, to red blood cell disorders and haemostatic disorders.