module specification

BC5064 - Tissue Science 2 (2023/24)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2023/24
Module title Tissue Science 2
Module level Intermediate (05)
Credit rating for module 15
School School of Human Sciences
Total study hours 150
111 hours Guided independent study
39 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 60%   Seen essay (1500 words)
Unseen Examination 40%   Online exam (1.5 hour)
Attendance Requirement 0%   Practical Attendance
Running in 2023/24

(Please note that module timeslots are subject to change)
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Spring semester North Tuesday Morning

Module summary

This module explores the classification, structure and function of tissues within the Human body, and provides in-depth coverage of the fundamentals of the science of pathology, exploring the underlying genetic, molecular and cellular perturbations that lead to pathological tissue states incurred by inflammation, infection, trauma and neoplasia. Students will also gain practical experience of modern laboratory techniques used to investigate and diagnose tissue samples within a biomedical setting. This module aims to provide students with an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the structure and functional of different cell and tissue types, and the genetic, molecular and cellular factors underpinning the pathogenesis of selected human diseases.

Prior learning requirements



This module will cover the classification, structure and function of tissues and provide an In-depth analysis of cell and tissue pathology, including aspects of pathogenic infection, inflammation, local and systemic responses to trauma and stress, modes of cell death (apoptosis and necrosis), neoplasia, cell and tissue ageing. Review the types of microscopy and their applications. (1-3)
The syllabus also provides an analysis of gene structure, genome organisation and the contribution of genetic defects and epigenetics to disease states. The molecular biology aspects of the manipulation of nucleic acids (DNA, RNA) so that genes can be isolated, sequenced or mutated. (1)
Laboratory classes will provide training in current diagnostic pathological techniques in the investigation of disease at a genetic, molecular and cellular level. Practical exercises will involve the preparation of cells and tissues (2,3)

Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity

Student learning and understanding of the module content will be developed through an integrated programme of lectures, practical sessions and supporting tutorials.  Lectures will be used to provide a conceptual framework and introduce students to fundamental aspects of tissue science and pathology.  Tutorials will be used to expand knowledge into more applied areas of genetics, molecular biology and pathology.  Practical sessions are intended to expand students’ knowledge and understanding of current histopathological techniques and to emphasise the need to record experimental data rapidly and accurately, and to produce and interpret results obtained from the sessions and to present material in a clear and appropriate scientific style in the form of assessed practical reports.

A web based VLE is available to support, reinforce and test student understanding through the use of on-line quizzes and access to additional learning resources.  Students would be expected to use the on-line resources for assisted study.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module students will be able to:
1. Demonstrate an understanding of normal cell and tissue types and describe how genetic, molecular and cellular lesions might lead to named disease states
2. Demonstrate an understanding of diagnostic histopathological techniques in the investigation of disease
3. Demonstrate an understanding of molecular biological techniques such as gene analysis and recombinant DNA and compile and analyse analytical data and present laboratory findings in an appropriate scientific format

Assessment strategy

In order to pass the module, students are required to obtain a minimum aggregate mark of 40%.  The module will be summatively assessed by means of a seen essay an end of semester online exam.

Formative assessment and feedback is provided by completion of the weblearn online quizzes for the module topics.
There will be an attendance requirement for the practical sessions.