Biomedical Life and Social Sciences 1 NURSING1011

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Medicine Dentistry and Nursing
  • Credits: 30
  • Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

This foundational course introduces students to biomedical life and social sciences as applicable to health and care.


Teaching consists of weekly sessions that take place across two semesters.

Requirements of Entry


Hepatitis B surface antigen negative, satisfactory health screening and PVG scheme membership.

Excluded Courses



Component 1 - 20% weighting, set exercise assessing coursework which may include short answer questions and presentations.

Component 2 - 80% weighting, unseen written examination, which may include short answer questions and multiple-choice questions.

Main Assessment In: April/May

Course Aims

The course provides an opportunity for students to develop foundational knowledge in biomedical life and social sciences. By engaging with this course, students will gain an understanding of the core principles and concepts of biomedical life and social sciences and apply these to nursing and health care.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

1. Articulate a fundamental knowledge and understanding of the principles of biomedical and life sciences.  

2. Apply knowledge of biomedical and pathophysiological processes to promote health and wellbeing.

3. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of general pharmacological and genetic principles to clinical practice. 

4. Articulate a fundamental knowledge and understanding of the principles of social sciences.

5. Relate a range of key concepts and theoretical approaches within social sciences to health. 

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

A minimum of a Grade D in all components of summative assessment. For the purposes of all assessments and degree examinations, 100% submission of all assessments is normally required.