Undergraduate Course: Biomedical Sciences 2: Integrative approach to physiological systems (BIME08009)
|School||School of Biomedical Sciences
||College||College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Part-year visiting students only
|Summary||This course will support the new Biomedical Sciences programme Year 2 theme 'Foundational understanding of Biomedical Sciences' and the School's objectives of enhancing the student experience and student support.
Students taking this course will develop an understanding of core concepts in the disciplines of , Physiology, Pharmacology, Reproductive Biology, Neuroscience, Infectious Diseases and Medical Biology as well as developing core competencies in scientific learning and disciplinary practice. Connections between disciplines (integrative approaches) will be emphasised and the experimental basis of scientific knowledge ('How do we know what we know') will be introduced.
This course will also implement timely and useful feedback opportunities.
The course will be structured as follows:
- Lectures: Lectures will present a series of integrated topics which can be viewed in different ways across disciplines (e.g. the neuromuscular junction from Neuroscience, Physiological and Pharmacological perspectives; reproduction from Physiological and Endocrinological perspectives and so on).
- Practical classes: Stand-alone units closely integrated with the lecture materials and designed to enhance students┐ understanding of the experimental basis of scientific knowledge.
- Tutorial: Interactive session aimed to support the development of generic academic skills such as researching a topic and writing an essay. Students will be initiated to reading contemporary scientific literature.
- Essay feedback session: Small group sessions with the marker of the studen's submitted essay. Opportunity for students to understand and discuss the marker┐s expectations and to appraise their work in a small group context.
- Review quizzes: Automated online weekly quizzes. Students will be encouraged to answer a short series of questions (on Learn). By receiving automated feedback on their answers, students will have timely opportunities to check their understanding of the lecture materials.
- Revision and exam preparation sessions
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
|Additional Costs|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||Students should have an introductory level in Pharmacology, Neuroscience and Physiology including a basic knowledge and understanding the main action of the major physiological systems in the human body.
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2014/15, Part-year visiting students only (VV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 30,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 3,
Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 9,
Feedback/Feedforward Hours 1,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Coursework: 40% total course mark
Final examination: 60% total course mark
Coursework includes 1 essay (1500 words) and a test on the practical classes' materials.
||Hours & Minutes
|Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)||Biomedical Sciences 2: Integrative approach to physiological systems||2:00|
| Students who successfully complete the course will have:
- deepened their understanding of key concepts and important scientific principles for study of Biomedical Sciences disciplines.
- acquired a clear understanding of the interdisciplinary nature of biomedical sciences.
- enhanced their literature searching and written communication skills.
- acquired basic practical skills required for research in biomedical sciences, including data analysis and interpretation.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Keywords|| Neuroscience, Pharmacology, Physiology, Reproductive Biology, Medical Biology, Infectious diseases
|Course organiser||Dr Celine Caquineau
Tel: (0131 6)50 2995
|Course secretary||Mr Neale Summers
Tel: (0131 6)51 3094
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