Professional Studies 2


This module is designed to provide all BMS students, on both Applied and Standard programme routes, with [a] an understanding of information relevant to professional work in the clinical environment, and [b] an understanding of bioethics (medical ethics). The module covers essential aspects of the profession that are mandatory for all students on both programme routes, in order to meet IBMS accreditation requirements. the module is an essential pre-requisite for students undertaking subsequent hospital placements on the Applied route, in order to meet HCPC approval requirements.


The aim of this Module is to: [a] provide the student with an understanding of [a] career structure, professional codes and good laboratory management in Health Service Biomedical Science and other bioscience industries; and [b] provide reflective education in bioethics.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module the student should be able to:

1.  Critically evaluate the functional role of Biomedical Scientists 

2.  Discuss and explain the professional scope of practice and conduct in Biomedical Science and other Bioscience Industries and outline the functional roles of the IBMS and HCPC. 

3.  Evaluate relevant Health & Safety legislation and its appropriate implementation for Bioscience employees. 

4.  Discuss and explain the importance of specimen integrity on receipt into the laboratory. 

5.  Discuss and explain clinical governance and accreditation in laboratories.

6.  Evaluate the ethical issues arising from developments in medicine and biology.

Indicative Content

1 Management and Professional Issues in the NHS context

Professional regulation and conduct, role of the Biomedical Scientist, user demand and management of staff and workload, training and CPD, effective team working. 

2 Health and Safety

Legislation governing laboratory Health and Safety, hazard identification and risk assessment, COSHH, biological safety. 

3 Bioscience industry

The role of the ICH Guidelines (Quality, Safety, Efficacy), FDA Regulations and their role in Biotech/Biological Product Development and Manufacture.

4 Bioethics

Ethical approaches: deontological and teleological. Ethical systems: intuitive responses, religous laws, rights, utilitarianism. Application of ethical approaches and principles to contemporary bioscience and biomedical issues.

Statement on Teaching, Learning and Assessment

This module will be taught primarily by laboratory clinical specialists and the Abertay Academics however visiting speakers will also give a perspective of aspects of employment in other bioscience industries. Experience in discussions and group work is an important part of this module. Note for Applied BMS students: it is MANDATORY that the Professional Studies module be passed before the Clinical Placement can occur. Applied route students who fail the Professional Studies module (exceptional circumstances notwithstanding) will immediately be transferred onto the Standard BMS route (and not be permitted to undertake a placement).Interactive lectures will be used for imparting concepts and for active enquiry. Tutorials will be used to develop reflective and problem solving skills. Students will have the opportunity to work in teams during tutorial classes. Directed study will be used for independent learning and for students to gain more in-depth understanding of the subject areas. Coursework will be used to test learning and understanding, and intellectual and transferable skills.

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Total 200
Lecture 24
Tutorial/Seminar 12
Supervised Practical Activity 0
Unsupervised Practical Activity 0
Assessment 45
Independent 119

Guidance notes

Credit Value – The total value of SCQF credits for the module. 20 credits are the equivalent of 10 ECTS credits. A full-time student should normally register for 60 SCQF credits per semester.


We make every effort to ensure that the information on our website is accurate but it is possible that some changes may occur prior to the academic year of entry. The modules listed in this catalogue are offered subject to availability during academic year 2019/10 , and may be subject to change for future years.