MSc Tissue Engineering for Regenerative Medicine / Course details

Year of entry: 2023

Course unit details:
Tutorial Unit

Course unit fact file
Unit code BIOL66102
Credit rating 15
Unit level FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree
Teaching period(s) Semester 2
Offered by School of Biological Sciences
Available as a free choice unit? No


The Tutorial unit will provide the students with the skills to communicate complex ideas both verbally and in writing. It is a 15 credit unit that forms part of the taught element of the programme.


The unit aims to:

  • Train students in appreciating current issues and controversies in Biomedical and Human Sciences in terms of data assimilation; critical analysis and debate; the principles of different experimental techniques; appreciating non-laboratory approaches to research;  academic writing; oral presentation of research data; transfer of knowledge to others; interpersonal skills;  time management; organizational skills; self and peer-assessment.
  • Provide students with life-long critical appraisal skills that they will be able to apply to any research evidence that comes before them in the future.



Oral  presentations: 10-minute (max. 15 slide) individual presentations summarising and critiquing the whole manuscript. A wider view of the field is also expected from additional reading.

Written assignment: Written summary and critique of the whole manuscript, maximum 4-5 A4 pages, Arial, 11pt (or equivalent).

Group discussion: Facilitated student-led group discussion of the manuscript focussing on the wider implications of the research paper and how it moves the field forward.

Teaching and learning methods

In total, three tutorials will run in 2-week intervals. The first two tutorials will be based on a critique of a research paper by individual oral presentation followed by a group discussion. The third tutorial will involve a critique of a research paper in the format of an individual written assignment followed by a group discussion. Each tutorial group will comprise between 4-6 students.

For each tutorial, the academic member of staff (the tutor) provides a title and supplies ONE research paper, along with a review article. For the first part of the tutorial students are expected to work individually to critique the manuscript and prepare an oral presentation or written critique. Guidance on how to review a manuscript is provided at the start of the module.

The second part of all 3 tutorials involves a group discussion focused on the wider implications of the research paper and how it moves the field of tissue engineering/regenerative medicine forward. It is each student’s responsibility to prepare beforehand and to be able to explain and debate their own review during the group discussion. The tutor will facilitate the group discussion, but the sessions are student-led.

Knowledge and understanding

Students should be able to:
  • Identify and isolate basic scientific, translational, clinical,  (and where relevant) epidemiological, demographic and social elements of research problems
  • Undertake background work to provide the intellectual foundations for a full understanding of the tutorial topic, especially where interdisciplinarity demands a wider frame of reference than former training might have required
  • Report on the current status of research in the topic
  • Understand the principles of laboratory and non-laboratory research methods


Intellectual skills

Students should be able to: 

  • Show critical thinking capacity, including  abstraction, analysis and critical judgement
  • Synthesise and analyse data and information
  • Command of communication skills – written and spoken word and images – to engage in constructive dialogue with peers and supervisor
  • Critically reflect and evaluate
  • Make a reasoned argument for a particular point of view
  • Be able to draw reasoned conclusions

Practical skills

Students should be able to: 

  • Use library, electronic and online resource 
  • Use reference manager software
  • Produce high-quality slides for oral presentation

Transferable skills and personal qualities

Students should be able to: 

  • To listen effectively and make a constructive contribution to a discussion
  • To improve their own learning through planning, monitoring, critical reflection, evaluation and altering strategies
  • Independently gather, sift, synthesise and organise material from various sources (including library, electronic and online resources), and critically evaluate its significance.
  • Make a succinct oral presentation, using appropriate media for a specialist target audience
  • Answer questions and engage in constructive debate of a specialist topic
  • Produce a written presentation using language appropriate to a specialist readership
  • Collect and integrate evidence to formulate and test a research hypothesis
  • To participate in peer review by providing a fair assessment of, and constructive feedback on, fellow students’ participation in group work


  • Schedule tasks in order of importance
  • Use personal resources effectively to meet challenges
  • Maintain independence of thought and be self-reliant
  • Work independently and show capacity for self-discipline, motivation and diligence
  • Work as part of a group to help deliver the group’s objectives
  • Show capacity for self-appraisal, reflection and time management

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Oral assessment/presentation 50%
Set exercise 50%

Feedback methods

Written feedback given.

Study hours

Independent study hours
Independent study 150

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Stephen Richardson Unit coordinator

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