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How we will deliver your course in 2021: Biomedical Sciences (undergraduate)

Programmes this information applies to: 

  • Biomedical Sciences BSc (Hons)
  • Biomedical Sciences BSc (Hons) with Professional Experience
  • Biomedical Sciences (Biochemistry) BSc (Hons)
  • Biomedical Sciences (Biochemistry) BSc (Hons) with Professional Experience 
  • Biomedical Sciences (Genetics) BSc (Hons)
  • Biomedical Sciences (Genetics) BSc (Hons) with Professional Experience
  • Biomedical Sciences (Human Health) BSc (Hons)
  • Biomedical Sciences (Human Health) BSc (Hons) with Professional Experience
  • Biomedical Sciences (Immunology) BSc (Hons)
  • Biomedical Sciences (Immunology) BSc (Hons) with Professional Experience 

1. Content of the course 

There are no changes to the course content.

2. Length of the course 

There are no changes to the length of the course.

3. How your course will be delivered 


New students 

Welcome-back/induction sessions will run online (Synchronous) at the start of terms 1 and 2.

Teaching in the Biomedical Sciences BSc will be delivered with a combination of high-quality material provided online (asynchronous), interactive on-line ‘live’ sessions (synchronous) and in-person teaching delivered on campus.

Typically, students will have in-person, on-campus teaching sessions on two days a week. These on-campus sessions will be a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials and lab-based practical classes. For practical classes, students will be allocated a specific day and time to attend. For lectures, seminars and tutorials, students will have the opportunity to book a place in the session in advance.

On the remaining days, students will have timetabled online ‘live’ sessions and self-directed learning periods, where they will be required to engage with asynchronous teaching materials. These teaching materials will be provided to students at the start of each week in the form of pre-recorded short videos, podcasts, narrated lecture recordings, reading material and online interactive resources. Also, students will often be given tasks and formative activities to aid their learning. All this material will allow students to engage in guided and well-structured self-directed learning remotely and in their own time. 

Practical skills will be taught using a combination of online resources, video demonstrations, online exercises and lab-based practical work (in-person and on campus) throughout term 1 and term 2. It is expected that students will have a minimum of 4 practical classes in term 1, and 2 practical classes in term 2, provided government restrictions allow it.

In the case of another lockdown, we may repeat the practical sessions towards the end of term 2 and term 3 to ensure all students have the opportunity to attend them. We will offer catch-up sessions in week 0 of the 2022/23 academic year if practical sessions are severely disrupted.

Catch-up laboratory sessions for the academic year 20/21 will run in week 0. Students wanting to attend these sessions will have the opportunity to book a place in advance.

The plan for final year projects in 21/22 will guarantee that all students can graduate in the summer of 2022 with a well-developed capstone project that is in line with the accreditation requirements of the Royal Society of Biology. We will endeavour to provide the opportunity for students to carry out part of their final year project in the laboratory, should they wish to, provided this is in line with government COVID-19 guidance. However, wet (lab-based) final year projects will also include dry (desk-based) work to mitigate the impact of any possible future lockdown measures.

The format and online submission of coursework assessments, such as essays, journal articles, case reports and reflections will remain unchanged. The schedule of these will be communicated to students at the start of the academic year and lecturers will provide guidance on how they will work in their sessions. All exams will be taken on campus via WISEflow or Blackboard, our digital assessment platforms. 

Assessments involving face-to-face presentations, (e.g. oral abstract-style or poster presentations individually or in groups) will take place in-person, on campus. These assessments will be scheduled and communicated to students at the start of the academic year. 

All teaching blocks will also include opportunities for formative, self- and peer-assessment. These will offer students and staff the opportunity to monitor students’ learning and provide extra support if necessary. 

Tutoring: The Biomedical Sciences team has devised a comprehensive plan to deliver academic and personal tutoring to all our students. The tutoring framework provides academic and pastoral support to students and gives them a point of contact with an academic member of staff throughout their degree. Tutoring sessions will be a combination of online and on-campus sessions. There will be a minimum of one on-campus tutoring session every month.

Returning students 

Welcome-back/induction sessions will run online (Synchronous) at the start of terms 1 and 2.

Teaching in the Biomedical Sciences BSc will be delivered with a combination of high-quality material provided online (asynchronous), interactive on-line ‘live’ sessions (synchronous) and in-person teaching delivered on campus.

On a typical week, students will have in-person, on campus teaching sessions on two days. These on-campus sessions will be a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials and lab-based practical 

classes. For practical classes, students will be allocated a specific day and time to attend. For lectures, seminars and tutorials, students will have the opportunity to book a place in the session in advance.

On the remaining days, students will have timetabled online ‘live’ sessions and self-directed learning periods, where they will be required to engage with asynchronous teaching materials. These teaching materials will be provided to students at the start of each week in the form of pre-recorded short videos, podcasts, narrated lecture recordings, reading material and online interactive resources. Also, students will often be given tasks and formative activities to aid their learning. All this material will allow students to engage in guided and well-structured self-directed learning remotely and in their own time. 

Practical skills will be taught using a combination of online resources, video demonstrations, online exercises and lab-based practical work (in-person and on campus) throughout term 1 and term 2. It is expected that students will have a minimum of 4 practical classes in term 1 and 2 practical classes in term 2, provided government restrictions allow it.

In the case of another lockdown, we may repeat the practical sessions towards the end of term 2 and term 3 to ensure all students have the opportunity to attend them. We will offer catch-up sessions in week 0 of the 2022/23 academic year. if practical sessions are severely disrupted.

The format and online submission of coursework assessments, such as essays, journal articles, case reports and reflections will remain unchanged. The schedule of these will be communicated to students at the start of the academic year and lecturers will provide guidance on how they will work in their sessions. All exams will be taken on campus, via WISEflow or Blackboard, our digital assessment platforms. 

Assessments involving face-to-face presentations, (e.g. oral abstract-style or poster presentations individually or in groups) will take place in-person, on campus. These assessments will be scheduled and communicated to students at the start of the academic year. 

All teaching blocks will also include opportunities for formative, self- and peer-assessment. These will offer students and staff the opportunity to monitor students’ learning and provide extra support if necessary. 

Tutoring: The Biomedical Sciences team has devised a comprehensive plan to deliver academic and personal tutoring to all our students. The tutoring framework provides academic and pastoral support to students and gives them a point of contact with an academic member of staff throughout their degree.  Tutoring sessions will be a combination of online and on-campus sessions. There will be a minimum of one on-campus tutoring session every month.

4. Cost of the course 

There are no changes to the course fees, and any course-specific fees are as previously advertised.

Access to a laptop or desktop PC is required for joining online activities, completing coursework and digital exams, and a minimum specification can be found here.
If you have any concerns about accessing a suitable device, please complete and return this form to enquire about the University’s loan laptop scheme.

5. Award

There are no changes to the qualifications awarded.

6. Feedback and consultation

We provide set times where you can talk to your lecturers and module leaders about academic matters relating to your course. You can also use these opportunities to obtain and discuss feedback on an assessment. You can find these hours on Blackboard Learn and in your module booklets.  

You can book your slot by emailing your lecturer. We will be holding these virtually until it is safe to hold these appointments on campus.

7. Personal tutoring

Your personal tutor is responsible for monitoring and supporting your academic and personal development both in your transition to university and between years. It is someone you can discuss, in confidence, your academic progress with or any special requirements you may need. 

If you are a first year student, these sessions will be included in your timetable every other week. 

If you are a second year, final year, or postgraduate student you can request to have a session at a time that is convenient for you.  

You can attend our virtual ‘drop-in’ sessions which are advertised on Blackboard Learn, or request a session by emailing your personal tutor.

8. Departmental communications and events

You can keep up with subject and module updates through Blackboard Learn. We will also send important updates to your student email account and our division newsletter at least twice a term, so please, keep an eye on those.

We occasionally host Town Hall meetings and other events online and on campus where you can get updates and join in conversations with peers and lecturers from your division, you will receive an invite by email.

9. Student-led academic representation

Student reps are elected to represent the views of their course, department or college to improve the academic experience at Brunel. They gather views and opinions from students on things such as lectures, exams, assessment and feedback and then take a collective view to the University and Union in order to develop the student experience at Brunel.

We welcome feedback from our student community on matters relating to your experience through your student representatives or through your programme leaders. 

Find out who your course rep is here. You’ll also receive an email from your programme leader who will confirm your contact.

10. Peer-to-peer opportunities

We host a series of online and on-campus events where you can network with your peers and members of academic staff including seminars, museum visits, sporting events, career fairs and other exciting co-curricular trips.

These events will be advertised on Blackboard Learn and on our Student Intranet, we will send email reminders too. 

Contact us 

If you have any specific questions about the above information, please email: CHMLS-TPO-biosciences@brunel.ac.uk

 

Disclaimer: We have used our best endeavours to plan for the coming academic year and to ensure the information on this page is correct at the time of publication. The information provided here is intended for the general guidance of students studying the University’s degree programmes listed above in the academic year 2021/22. The University will deliver the course of study as described unless there are changes outside of our control related to COVID-19. In such circumstances, the University will adjust the delivery of the course accordingly, and use its best endeavours to ensure equivalence.

Date of publication: 16.07.21