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BSc Biomedical Sciences

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES

This program is meant for persons aspiring to work in scientific laboratories or wanting to pursue a career in academia or teaching related to diagnosis and disease management

1.3 Aim of the Programme

To produce Biomedical Scientists who are competent in the diagnosis and monitoring of disease, management of public health promotion, teaching and application of research skills in the field of Biomedical Sciences, industrial employment and further study.

1.4 Objectives of the Programme

At the end of the programme, the graduate should be able to:

·         Conduct  laboratory screening, diagnosis and confirmation of disease

·         Evaluate  and monitor drug treatment of patients

·         Contribute to the monitoring and control of infections

·         Manage the laboratory, logistics, human resource and quality assurance

·         Teach, superviseand evaluate trainees in the field of Biomedical Sciences.

·         Conduct research in the field of Biomedical Sciences

·         Implement Good Laboratory Practice, health and safety guidelines, and professional ethics.

 

1.5 Major Competences

Upon completion of the Biomedical Sciences degree programme, graduates are expected to demonstrate the following competences:

·         Performance of diagnostic procedures.

·         Performance of therapeutic and drug monitoring processes.

·         Monitoring of patient treatment.

·         Execution of laboratory activities aimed at monitoring and controlling of disease.

·         Management of a laboratory.

·         Performance of Biomedical Science research.

·         Teaching of Biomedical Sciences in academic and clinical settings.

·         Effective communication with clients and other health professionals.

·         Appropriate collection and processing of specimens

·         Preparation of reagents.

·         Maintenance of quality assurance programmes.

·         Development of transferable skills in information systems and commodity security, communication, teamwork and independent learning.

·         Adherence to Good Laboratory Practice, health and safety guidelines, and professional ethics.

The Academic Year consists of four terms, each of 7 weeks duration. Year 1 of the programme focuses on fundamental sciences that include Medical Genetics, Human Anatomy, Medical Physiology, General and Metabolic Biochemistry, Introductory Medical Microbiology, which give a sound base for the understanding of the normal life processes, as well as Introduction to Biomedical Sciences, which develop important transferable skills such as numeracy, computing, study and presentational methods.

The programme becomes progressively more clinically-oriented throughout levels 2, 3 and 4. At level two, seven courses are offered and these include Analytical Biochemistry, Pharmacology, Medical Microbiology, Immunology, Medical Parasitology, General Pathology and Systemic Pathology. The third year level of the programme includes Cellular Pathology, Biostatistics, Haematology, Toxicology, Blood Transfusion Science, Research Methodology and Molecular Biology.

Finally, at level four, four optional courses are offered to the students. Thus, advanced aspects Medical Microbiology,Medical Parasitology,Medical Biochemistry or Cellular Pathology are studied. Two compulsory courses, Laboratory Management and Public Health, are also taught at this level. This final year of the programme also includes a Research Project in which students carry out investigations which are mainly laboratory-based. A Laboratory Placement period of 24 weeks at the beginning of the final year is now available to enable students to gain practical experience in recognised laboratories.

 

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