Programme Structure - Year two Bsc

Integrated Functions of Body Systems 2

The overarching aim of Integrated Functions of Body Systems 2 (IFBS2) is to provide a sound understanding of physiology using different aspects of homeostasis to demonstrate how more than one body system is responsible for maintaining normal health. Rather than study each of the body systems in isolation, a body system will be introduced in the context of its role in the regulation and maintenance of an aspect of homeostasis. The reasoning for this approach is to demonstrate how the functions of different homework for me body systems are integrated. Some physiological processes will be studied in detail; that is, from the molecular and cellular level through to the whole body. For each body system you will learn both the gross and fine (histology) anatomy. As a tool to understanding the physiology in a healthy individual, some examples of pathology and pharmacology will be used. The general principles of both pathology and pharmacology will be covered in Applied Biomedical Sciences 2 (ABMS2).

Biomedical Genetics 2

Biomedical Genetics II aims to investigate the basis of modern human molecular genetics. The course focuses on the development of knowledge and understanding of the organisation of the human genome, and the regulation and function of gene expression. Concepts will be introduced in lectures through evaluation of experimental approaches and genomic technologies used in the analysis of the structure and expression of genes, including in model organisms. Approaches for identifying causative genes underlying human disease and characterisation of their functions, and the potential for genetic treatment of disease will be addressed.

Database and Software Technology

This module teaches students well-established database and software technologies that are widely-used in biomedical informatics. Students will learn Java programming with an emphasis on the wisdom of object-oriented programming and advanced data structure, based on which students will learn requirement analysis, acquire the knowledge about software engineering, and grasp the coding of complex analysis tool. Besides, students will also study the technologies for construction, management and maintenance of a biological database, including the theories on relational database model, SQL language and transaction management.

Genomics and Proteomics

Genomics and proteomics data are accumlating at an exponential rate, significantly accelerating biomedical research and playing a key role in elucidating the mechanisms of life, and diagosing and treating complex and refractory diseases. This course will cover the theories and applications of genomics and proteomics, including its experimental technologies, data formats and standards, procedures for collecting, cleaning and managing data, verification strategies, quantification approaches and functional analysis tools. It builds on students' technological foundations gained in Introduction to Biomedical Informatics 1 and Database and Software Technology 2, as well as biomedical core knowledge from Introduction to Cellular and Molecular Biology 1 and Biomedical Genetics 2. Students will have hands-on experience in analyses of real genomics and proteomics data originating from scientific research.

Applied Data Science 2

This course runs alongside and compliments the other 2 courses and introduces students to data science and statistics in a biological context. By taking data sets generated in other courses or otherwise related to their content, students will develop a sense of the challenges and opportunities of working with biological data. They will learn skills related to data processing, cleaning and documentation, as well as a variety of statistical analysis methods. The main focus will be on classical statistics, but students will also get a flavour of Bayesian statistics and machine learning. At the end of this course, we want students to be able to choose an appropriate method of analysis when faced with an unfamiliar dataset.