UCL Division of Surgery and Interventional Science


Module Review - Mohammed

18 May 2020

Medical Sciences and Engineering BSc/Msci Student Perspectives - Mohammed Islam

BENG1007: Introduction to Engineering and Biology for Medicine

Medicine'This was first module of the year, it gave the perfect opportunity to bring everyone up to speed. This module is taught in small groups with everyone in the course. This also allowed everyone to settle in together on the course. Personally this module allowed me to get to grips with medical electronics. Additionally, assessment for this module is straight after completion which not only meant one less assessment in the summer but also set me up with revision techniques that I felt confident using for the summer.'

ENGS103P - Mathematical Modelling and Analysis I

I'Teaching in this module was divided equally into lectures and seminars in first term. Since this is taught to everyone studying in the faculty of engineering as a first year module, lectures are held in the biggest lecture hall at UCL which can accommodate for over a thousand students, which is very different to a college or sixth form experience. Seminars are much smaller and are shared with students studying Biochemical Engineering (which is very common as most modules in university are taught in multiple courses). In comparison in our second we are taught in seminars which are programme specific.'

SURGM002: Cardiovascular and Respiratory Function in Health and Disease'

'The first module of the year which is taught in Royal Free, either in as large lectures or in smaller tutorial group. This module is taught with students studying Applied Medical Science and is the first module taught as flipped lectures in its entirety. The lectures and tutorials improve the understanding of the content and set a strong base for assessments. Personally this was the module I struggled the most with starting off mainly because I had get used to flipped lectures and getting through the content can be tough certain weeks, mainly due to the amount of content. Managing time well and going through the content before lecture and tutorials is the key for this material.'

ENGS102PB: Design and Professional Skills

'I found this module quite fun and engaging as we got introduced to
designing using a software called AutoCad. We also did 2 scenarios, a
week long project each on an engineering solution, whereby we
focused solely on this for a whole week in small groups. All in all this is
a very different module from the other modules. This module consists of
and the teaching is oriented around a set of coursework all of which
lead up to the two scenarios.'

SURGGM003: The Gut, Liver and Drug Metabolism

'Personally this was my favorite module from first term, while we learned most of our content through virtual lectures, the tutorials took it up a notch. The tutorials very engaging, fun and always drove you one step further. Truly made me appreciate teaching in the flipped lecture format and in smaller groups.'

MPHY105P: Medical Instrumentation

'This was probably the hardest module in first year for me, however it was the most satisfying too. Working a whole term towards making a medical device from scratch, with all the hiccups along the way, the ups and down getting over the line with a working device is truly worth it. The labs and teaching are shared with students studying Biomedical Engineering. The content is taught in a lecture a format which is then followed by a day of lab work working towards making the device. The lecture and the labs flow really well from start to finish and while certain concepts were difficult, with help from both the staff and my course mates the end product was both satisfying and amazing. This was my favorite module from second term.'

MPHY102P: Mechanics and materials

'This module is also shared with students studying Biomedical Engineering. The content is divided as the module title suggests into part mechanics and part materials. This module made me appreciate one of the most important concepts in life as a student in general. While the module as whole was very interesting and engaging, I enjoyed the mechanics content but couldn’t connect with the materials content. Weirdly enough while the content wasn’t a personal hit, the lab based project around material testing, which involved using Instron was great.'

SURGGM04: Kidneys, Hormonal Control of Physiology, Fluid Balance and Nutrition

'This is the only medical science module in the second term. This was also taught using flipped lectures, with the tutorials aiding with better understanding of the content. Again this module was not the most difficult solely for its content, but with deadlines in the other modules staying up to date with all the virtual learning sessions before each tutorial can be tough certain weeks. As mentioned already time management is key when learning using flipped lectures, especially with a busy student life both academic and non-academic.'