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Postgraduate Course: Neuroimaging: Practical work and assessments (NEME11012)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Clinical Sciences CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Course typeStandard AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) Credits60
Home subject areaNeuroscience (Medicine) Other subject areaNone
Course website Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThis course is the final course in the Neuroimaging for Research Masters Programme and will require less structured and more independent study than previous courses in the Programme as you undertake practical work over two semesters. Practical activities in this course are designed to allow you to explore, evaluate and contribute to neuroimaging research and resources. They will include a project where you will investigate an aspect of neuroimaging of interest to you, and which will culminate in a written summary in a format of a journal paper (no more than 5,000 words). This will be accompanied by more structured activities designed to allow you to apply and consolidate your learning from the previous years' courses e.g. generating an imaging database based around a specific pathology; measuring lesion sizes; or basic interpretation of images for clinically relevant abnormalities.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2013/14 Full Year, Available to all students (SV1) Learn enabled:  Yes Quota:  None
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Class Delivery Information All courses to be delivered taught by distance learning using WebCT as the delivery platform.
Course Start Date 16/09/2013
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 600 ( Dissertation/Project Supervision Hours 100, Online Activities 40, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 460 )
Additional Notes
Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
No Exam Information
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
By the end of this course, you should be able to design independently and to execute a neuroimaging research strategy, either as a primary research focus or as an adjunct to a broader research platform. You should be able to select appropriate imaging modalities and strategies, understanding their practicalities and limitations; anticipate and plan for ethical, safety and clinical considerations, as well as for biases in design and analysis; and select appropriate data evaluation techniques and statistical tools to make sense of your imaging results.
Assessment Information
The Masters year requires less structured and more independent study; it is practically oriented. Much of the practical work is centred on a supervised project (70% final mark), and two directed activities, one worth 20% and the other worth 10% of the final mark.

Students have both semesters in the academic year to complete the project and summary. The project is a major piece of independent work appropriate for the Masters level, which may use primary or secondary data; may involve review of the literature; or may be a reflective piece of work. The project culminates in a written summary which must be of a standard appropriate for publication in a major journal; it is limited to 5,000 words both to facilitate direct submission to a major journal, and to give students valuable experience in condensing a major body of work into publishable format.

The two directed activities make use of bespoke technologies designed specifically for image based work, and involve detailed image review, evaluation and analysis. The activities are assessed similarly to those in other Courses, and require a combination of individual piece work with written submissions (totaling about 2000 words), critical appraisal and group interactions via discussion boards (requiring substantial contributions by each student, which are also assessed), and reflective time.

Please note that detailed image review, evaluation and analysis is time consuming, and you can expect to spend up to 4 hours per week on the directed activity worth 20% and up to 2 hours per week on the directed activity worth 10%
Special Arrangements
All courses will be delivered taught by distance learning, using WebCT as the delivery platform. Registered students are provided with a user name and password that allows them to access a protected course web site. The website houses a number of interactive tutorials that allow students to work with information in a self-paced manner to test their understanding of important concepts and principles. Online delivery will be supported through online discussions with peers and tutors. The website provides a variety of educational material and supports a range of approaches by the students to the material provided.
Study guides with lecture notes are available, either to be read on screen or printed by the students for private use. Selected readings from relevant journals and textbooks are also provided.
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Course organiserDr Andrew Farrall
Tel: (0131) 537 3910
Course secretaryMr Samuel Court
Tel: 0131 537 3125
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