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Undergraduate Course: Global Health and Infectious Diseases (BIME10021)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Biomedical Sciences CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course is designed to consolidate many of the themes of global health and infectious diseases that students will have been exposed to in their earlier years at the University of Edinburgh.

This course will split broadly into five themes:
1. What is global health?
2. Epidemiology and surveillance of infectious disease.
3. Infectious disease in the developing world
4. The ages of man (and management of infectious disease)?
5. Global health challenges
The lectures are organised to provide a clear transition from the origin and establishment of infectious diseases to their management and control.

Utilisation of Learn:
The course will also provide asynchronous support for student via the virtual learning environment Learn. Students will be encouraged to discuss the lectures and their content on the discussion boards provided.
Direct contact with course staff will be provided via Learn, formative feed-back, feed-forward and any assignment queries will be provided here. This allows full transparency for all students with regards the information provided.
Additional reading and relevant information, as well as up-to-date discussion relating to local, national and international events of interest will also be presented within this resource. It is hoped that at the end of this course, students will be aware of the current events and developments within the sphere of global health and infectious diseases. Ongoing engagement with this information streams will be encouraged beyond the duration of this course.
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Medical Microbiology 3 (BIME09002) AND Biomedical Sciences 3 (BIME09008)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Students who are either enrolled on the BSc (Hons) Medical Sciences, or who spent their third year abroad, or who are taking an intercalated year, are exempt from the requirement to have taken and passed Biomedical Sciences 3.
Additional Costs Medical Microbiology 3 - BIME09002 Biomedical Sciences 3 - BIME09008
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2014/15, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 34, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 8, Summative Assessment Hours 3, Revision Session Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 149 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 40 %, Coursework 60 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) This course will contain a high component of in-course assessment 60% with a single written exam worth 40% at the end of term.
This high ICA emphasis will address concerns raised more widely regarding the receipt of relevant and timely feedback to inform the student on academic assessment and development. Formative feedback events will also be designed within the course composition, and information reiterated within the support resources of Learn.
It is proposed that there be two pieces of ICA of equal weighting (30% each), these will aim to be both innovative in their design, while still examining the intended learning outcomes of this course.
Feedback Not entered
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S1 (December)Global Health and Infectious Diseases (BIME10021)1:30
Learning Outcomes
At the end of this course it is expected that students will:
- Identify the global challenge of infectious disease
- Explain the historical problems of neglected infectious diseases and the profound effects that the collapse of geographical space and increasing population growth have had on infectious disease epidemiology.
- Demonstrate a critical understanding of the principles and role of surveillance in identifying infectious disease priorities for a population and monitoring control strategies
- The ability to critically review and consolidate knowledge in this subject area. This will be promoted through in course discussions, both face-to-face and online.
- The confidence to make judgments where data/information is limited or comes from a range of sources.
Reading List
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsGlobal Health, Infectious disease
Course organiserDr Kim Picozzi
Tel: (0131 6)50 6257
Course secretaryMs Caroline Morris
Tel: (0131 6)51 3255
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