Program Specification

 Bachelor of Basic Medical Sciences (BBMSc): The Basic Medical Sciences (BMS) at Libyan International Medical University (LIMU) emphasizes on the basic medical sciences that underpin medicine. 
Institution,College/FacultyLibyan International Medical UniversityBasic Medical Science Department
 A Program Identification and General Information 
1.  Program titleBachelor of Basic Medical Sciences (BBMSc) 
2.  DurationThree-year program in addition to Graduation project as a summer course.
3.  Award granted on completion of the ProgramBachelor of Basic Medical Sciences (BBMSc).BMS offers the only Biomedical Science programme in Libya .
4.  Major tracks/pathways within the programPhase IPhase IIGraduation project:All students at BMS undertake a supervised experimental research project as part of their program in BMS. This approved project will be of their choice and in their field of interest. Students have the opportunity to undertake research in a laboratory from a wide range of departments within the Medical Sciences Division.Students select an option from the following areas:
  • Genetics.
  • Histology.
  • Biochemistry.
  • Microbiology.
  • Anatomy.
  • Biology
  • Infection and Immunity
  • Pathology.
  • Physiology and Pharmacology
  • Community Health problems Research
Students produce an extended essay and carry out a research project Either (laboratory-based) , or Community Health Problems Research .
5.  Intermediate Exit Points and AwardsBy completion the first phase (One year duration) students can switch toBachelor of Clinical Laboratory Sciences. Furthermore, Bachelor of Basic Medical Sciences (BBMSc) Degree program is an intermediate award to Medical Fields .
6. Professions/occupations for which students are preparedA BBMSc degree can provide the core abilities to work within a variety of scientific research careers as:
  • Biomedical scientist.
  • Clinical research associate.
  • Clinical scientist.
  • Research scientist (medical).
  • Epidemiologists.
  • Health Educators and Community Health Workers.
  • Post-secondary Teachers.
  • Demonstrator in medical faculties.
  • Food industries profession.
  • Further study Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of Dentistry
  •  Masters and Ph.D.
7.  New or Continuing ProgramBachelor of Basic Medical Sciences (BBMSc) Degree program is a new program, A key strength of this programme is providing a solid foundation for students who intend to complete their studies in medical/ clinical specialties. Since BMS combines academic study with the laboratory-based study & Community Research skills in addition to Clinical skills,  so students will gain the knowledge and practical skills required in completion of clinical studies. Although, the faculty is planning to fulfill necessary requirements to grant Bachelor of Basic Medical Science (BBMSc) for pre-clinical phase graduates.
8.  Faculty Member responsible for the programDr. Abdulla.M. Elmansoury.
9.  Location(s) where the program is offeredLibyan International Medical University-Benghazi / Libya

B Program Context

1. Explain why the program is neededa.  Economic cultural, technical or other reasons b. Relevance to the mission of the institution. a. The programme of  Basic medical Science , was established  to fulfill the technical  gap which result from society’s needs to TSM who have a strong academic background ,and  specialized in teaching future Medical Students at the basic phase of the medical Faculties, also to provide them with basic knowledge to continue their future career ,  in addition the needs for qualified medical research lab assistant which is considered as   Corner stone for scientific research careers ,was behind establishing this facultyb. This program aims to produce compassionate graduate who possess the skills, knowledge and understanding, a critical scientific approach, and attitudes appropriate for postgraduate training and lifelong learning. This program provides dual pathway, as Students on the undergraduate programme will obtain a BBMSc and they shall be permitted to transfer to the clinical phase in Medicine faculty. 
2. Relationship to other programs.This program can be offered by the current faculty staff team and it can be achieved by current BMS resources (e.g., facilities, financial resources, learning resources, library resources and diagnostic laboratories), The impact of offering this program will be positive in terms of upgrading the the skills needed to become a biomedical scientist and introduce students to the methodologies, principles and tools required to have strong analytical skills, study the scientific and laboratory testing of biological samples and having the principle Clinical knowledge so they can proceed further to finish their Education either in Medicine or Dentistry , These contribute in developing the overall university graduates. 
3.  Do the students likely to be enrolled have any special characteristics that should be considered in the program?If yes, what are they?The applicant must have High school certificate or its equivalent and all applicants must be prepared for an interview after the required documents have been met. 
1.  Program Mission StatementCommitment to prepare graduates who have the appropriate knowledge, skills and professional behaviors to enable them to:
  1. Practicing the profession in the fields of education and health care.
  2. Confronting and solving various educational and research problems based on the techniques of “Problem-based learning (PBL)” acquired through the faculty system.
  3. Apply the principle of lifelong learning.
  4. Meet the needs of the community in many fields of education and research.
2.  Major changes or strategic developments.Summer course (Graduation project) need to be conducted to fulfill necessary requirements to grant Bachelor of Basic Medical Science (BBMSc) , To apply the Previous Knowledge of ( BSSB) Block A research proposal has to be written, designed and discussed with supervisors in order to enrich research abilities. 

C.    Program Structure and Organization

1. Development of Special Student Characteristics or AttributesThe programme is delivered through a range of innovative and traditional teaching methods.Teaching is complemented by Problem-based learning and Investigation based learning by early exposure to patients in a variety of health community settings.Curriculum is delivered in way that gives new opportunities for candidates including:Group of blocks each year to facilitate active, life-long learning.2nd and 3rd year blocks building on the first year ones, adding more depth and complexity.
  • A Problem-based learning and investigation-based learning approaches to facilitate integration and translation of scientific knowledge to be prepared for next clinical stage.
  • Additional opportunities for clinical skills training in clinical skills labs.
  • A concentration on the application of science and research skills in the 2nd and the third year through Scientific Reports and Posters , expanding upon early science exposure in the first year.
  • A tutoring programme and team learning sessions to support candidates’ progression with a focus on Study Skills.
  • A significant emphasis on preparing students for clinical phase.
  • A Programmatic continuous assessment policy for PBL sessions, labs, weekly presentations and online activities to ensure that students are building up knowledge, skills, ethics, behavioural development and teams work throughout the year.
  • Final integrated written, oral and Practical exams.
  • Summer course to complete graduation project to fulfil university requirement to grand BBMSc.
 Resulting in preparing graduates with the profession attitude principles that includes:
  1. Service commitment.
  2. The ability to work seriously, actively, and responsibly.
  3. Communication skills that is based on scientific bases, so that they become effective members in their field of work, and in the community.
  4. The ideal use of available resources to the education and scientific research programs.
  5. To maintain practicing and respecting the profession ethics in their work and research field.
2.  Field Experience Component/ Project or ResearchSummer course is been required to Apply previous Knowledge and to   complete graduation project in order to fulfil university requirement to grand basic medical science bachelor. 
a.  Brief description of field experienceThe main goal of this course is gaining the skills needed to become a biomedical scientist and introduce students to the methodologies, principles and tools required to have strong analytical skills, study the scientific and laboratory testing of biological samples at degree level. A research proposal has to be written, designed and discussed with supervisors in order to enrich research abilities.
b.  Specify the major learning outcomes Knowledge:Strong scientific basis of health and disease and the foundations of clinical practice, including early clinical exposure. Intellectual skills:By the end of this course the student should be able to:
  1. Demonstrate the skills of solving clinical problems and decision making.
  2. Relate abnormal finding to specific etiology.
  3. Develop skills of analysis, interpretation, application and evaluation of data.
  4. Integrate and link information across the course components.
  5. Interpret the obtained data and tracings that come out of the employed tests.
  6.  Analyzing the results of lab reports
 General transferrable skillsBy the end of this course the student should be able to:
  1. Study and work effectively.
  2. Set realistic targets and work a plan to meet targets within deadlines.
  3. Write scientific report.
  4. Find effective solutions for problems. (Intellectual).
  5. Study independently in spare time acquiring intended knowledge and skills.
  6. Develop an understanding of ethical issues including the moral and ethical implications of research.
  7. Capacity to lead, manage and work in groups.
  8. Demonstrate professional behavior and team work.
  9.  Search effectively about general available med line data bases in order to find relevant research articles.
  10.  Show computer and information system skills and abilities:
1.Show oral and written communication skills.
c.  Stage in the program when the field activity occursThe field experience activity takes place at the end of program, after phase II.
d.  Time allocation and scheduling arrangementIts three months course in summer time.
e.  Number of credit hours20 ECTS
e. Summary description of provisions for student advice and supportRegular meeting with supervisor.
f. Description of assessment proceduresWritten exam:Essays.MCQs.Practical exam.Attendance and performance.

D.     Regulations for Student Assessments and Verification of Standards

1.  Regulation or Policy on allocation and distribution of gradesBulletin is attached to clarify the Grading system of the programme
3.  What processes will be used for verifying standards of achievement?In line with the Policy Of LIMU to use WFME Criteria as a Reference for the Educational Process to verify standards of achievement ,Faculty has Done the Action of comparing WFME Criteria to  many different Domains , Programme will complete this work on ,And programme is in process of Reviewing the Educational Programme with an external Auditors ,Self Assessment to Renew the Accreditation of national Quality Center, is going on  .