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Undergraduate Course: Our Changing World (BIME08006)

Course Outline
SchoolDeanery of Biomedical Sciences CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis is a challenging interdisciplinary first-year course, based on a series of high-profile, evening Lectures given by prominent members of staff from the three Colleges. The course aims to engage students in thinking about the global challenges that confront society, and make them aware of the role of academic research and scholarship in meeting these challenges. Students will be expected to address key global issues across discipline boundaries, and develop an understanding of the relevance and impact of their own subject in the broader context. Students on the course will attend the public Lectures, research the topics in depth, participate in facilitated group discussions on each topic, work in small groups to produce a collaborative project on a chosen topic, and produce an individual research report on an aspect which may be closer to their own subject area. This course will appeal to students with a good foundation in their chosen subject discipline who wish to explore their subject in a broader, interdisciplinary way.
PT's enrolling students after the quota has been filled should contact to be placed on a waiting list.
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs No additional costs
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2016/17, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  110
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 15, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 12, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 1, Summative Assessment Hours 1, Revision Session Hours 1, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 166 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 20 %, Coursework 80 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Centrally arranged MCQ paper (20%): based on knowledge and understanding of the lecture content and associated supplementary material, and the work in the facilitated group discussions. This will take place in the December exam diet.
Collaborative Project (35%): in groups of 4-5 students whose roles are governed by an agreed learning contract.
Individual reports (35%): a 1000-word reflective document on a subject or discipline of the student's own choosing, subject to approval by the course team.
Peer Assessment (10%): Peer assessment of participation in facilitated group discussions.
Feedback Feedback will be provided for the draft versions of the individual report and group article as well as for each final assessment submitted. Feedback will also be provided for the peer assessment exercises.
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S1 (December)Our Changing World MCQ1:00
Resit Exam Diet (August)Our Changing World MCQ1:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. On completing this course, you should be able to: Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of a range of global challenges, across subject disciplines. Participate in group discussions.
  2. Demonstrate a broad awareness and understanding of the role of interdisciplinary research and scholarship in advancing knowledge.
  3. Find, assimilate and present data and information from varied sources, identify reliable key references, explain why they are important, and use and cite them accurately and appropriately.
  4. se reflective and critical analysis in drawing conclusions from possibly incomplete or contradictory data, and synthesise key points/concepts in a neutral and clear way.
  5. Collaborate with others (sharing/explaining knowledge, exchanging resources and information, giving and accepting help and assistance, giving and accepting comments/feedback, discussing others' contributions, supporting/encouraging contributions) in producing a collaborative article on one of the topics related to the course's themes.
Learning Resources
Various learning resources will be provided in Learn and will relate to the lectures and assessments specific to this year's course.
Additional Information
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Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Special Arrangements The course will be strongly supported by Learn, through which discussions on the lecture content will be encouraged. Copies of the presentation materials, recommended readings, and links to the videoed talks will be provided here. Support for assessments will also be given. Preparation materials for the tutorials will also be provided.
Course organiserMr Robert Thomas
Course secretaryMs Maria Schmidke
Tel: (0131 6)50 3161
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