University Homepage
DRPS Homepage
DRPS Search
DRPS Contact
DRPS : Course Catalogue : Deanery of Biomedical Sciences : Biomedical Sciences

Undergraduate Course: Biomedical Sciences 2: Integrative approach to physiological systems (BIME08009)

Course Outline
SchoolDeanery of Biomedical Sciences CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate) AvailabilityPart-year visiting students only
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis 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.
Course description 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)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesStudents 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.
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2016/17, Part-year visiting students only (VV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 28, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 3, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 9, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 1, Summative Assessment Hours 1, Revision Session Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 152 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 60 %, Coursework 40 %, Practical Exam 0 %
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.
Feedback Not entered
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)Biomedical Sciences 2: Integrative approach to physiological systems2:00
Learning Outcomes
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.
Reading List
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Course organiserDr Celine Caquineau
Tel: (0131 6)50 2995
Course secretaryMs Caroline Mcgrath
Tel: (0131 6)51 1515
Help & Information
Search DPTs and Courses
Degree Programmes
Browse DPTs
Humanities and Social Science
Science and Engineering
Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Other Information
Combined Course Timetable
Important Information
© Copyright 2016 The University of Edinburgh - 3 February 2017 3:25 am