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Qualification: Biomedical Science, BS

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Biomedical Science, BS

Qualification Information

Knowledge ability and skills
At the end of the three years of study the student is expected to have achieved the following learning outcomes:

1. Knowledge and understanding
1.1. The student has knowledge in the basic sciences, such as chemistry, anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, instrumentation and statistics
1.2. The student knows the purpose and theoretical background of the methodology and pathology in the main disciplines within biomedical sciences, such as blood bank, clinical chemistry, clinical physiology, genetics, haematology, isotope analyses, histopathology, immunology, microbiology and molecular biology.
1.3. The student has knowledge in specimen sampling, specimen treatment and understands the value of good sampling procedure with regard to ethics and the quality of analyses.
1.4. The student knows and understands the structure and function of cells, organs and the body in health and disease.
1.5. The student knows and unterstands laboratory process of general analyses in the main disciplines of biomedical science.
1.6. Has knowledge in the pathology reflecting the main disciplines in biomedical science and understands the relation between analyses and diseases.
1.7. The student has knowledge of substrates and microorgnisms that can affect people's health, the immunological response of the body and treatment.
1.8. The student knows the ideology and methodology in quality management, risk assessment and in providing information.
1.9. The student understands ethical values and professional behaviour.
1.10. The student knows the appropriate scientific approaches and technical methods used in the subject: observations, experiments and modelling, as well as methods used in the analysis of data and experimental results.

2. Practical skills and competence
2.1. The student is able to design experiments and sampling procedures in the laboratory bearing in mind the various technical, logistical, safety and ethical limitations.
2.2. The student is able to use appropriate basic laboratory equipment efficiently and safely.
2.3. The student is able to explain the principles and limitations of a range of more advanced practical techniques.
2.4. The student is able to use appropriate software packages to analyse quantitative data and to present results appropriately with necessary statistical treatment.

3. Cognitive skills
3.1. The student has knowledge and understanding of the most important theories, concepts and methods of biomedical science.
3.2. The student is able to collect and retrieve appropriate biomedical results, select it, classify and collate as appropriate.
3.3. The student is able to evaluate primary and secondary evidence and arguments.
3.4. The student is able to analyse and interpret quantitative information in graphs, figures, tables and equations as well as appropriate statistical tests.
3.5. The student is able to integrate and link information from different course components, including material studied in different years and from different disciplines.
3.6. The student is able to plan and execute a presented research task.

4. Skills of communication and information management
4.1. The student is able to communicate in good and professional manner with the patients and other health professionals.
4.2. The student is able to participate in quality improvement teams.
4.3. The student is able to work in a team and direct the work of others in collecting and communicating information by means of reports and presentations.
4.4. The student is able to communicate orally and in writing about subjects within the discipline, write clear reports including graphical and numerical data and present such material orally.
4.5. The student is able to use a networked computer for: a) normal file management; b) word processing, spreadsheet calculations, e-mail; c) search and use web-based files and databases.
4.6. The student is able to explore, analyze and find effective solutions to problems involving reasonably complex information.

5. Learning skills
5.1. The student is able to study independently, plan and organise her/his work and time and meet targets within deadlines.
5.2. The student has acquired the necessary learning skills and ability to maintain and augment her/his knowledge by acquiring and reading appropriate information.
5.3. The student has adopted an independent and critical frame of mind, a broadness of mind and originality which benefits his studies and work.

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Biomedical Science

NQF Level: 
6