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Undergraduate Course: Neuroimaging (BIME10009)

Course Outline
SchoolDeanery 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
SummaryNeuroimaging is burgeoning due to neurological, neurosurgical and neuropsychological advances, which require increasingly sophisticated imaging techniques. As well, the technology which allows the neural axis to be imaged is rapidly advancing, as are post-processing and image analysis techniques. The scope of neuroimaging applications range from laboratory-type research, through translational medicine, clinical application, physics and engineering, mathematics and statistics, as well as informatics and computing sciences. This course will introduce students to cutting edge neuroimaging basic sciences, techniques, applications in research and clinical situations, neuroanatomy, safety issues and practical applications.
Course description Since 2009 Neuroimaging had run a 10 credit elective course for the programme, using materials derived from its 180 credit, part time MSc programme. In the 2014-15 academic year the elective was successfully expanded to 20 credits by drawing on additional materials from the existing MSc. The MSc courses from which materials are drawn are: ¿Techniques and Physics¿, ¿Applications in Disease¿ and ¿Practicalities and Safety¿. The modules hosted within the above three courses are: Imaging Basics, Computed Tomography Basics, MR Basics, MR Spectroscopy Basics, Functional Imaging Basics, Contrast Agents & Contrast Agents safety, MR Health and Safety, Practical MR for humans, fMRI Practicalities, Data Protection, Ageing, White Matter and Cognition, Dementia, Imaging in Depression, Ageing, Brain Volume and Spectroscopy, Schizophrenia, Neurosurgery. (See for more details on the content.)
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2016/17, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  25
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 6, Online Activities 40, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 1, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 147 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 50 %, Coursework 50 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) In course MCQs 10%
In course assignment 40%
Exam 50%
Feedback Tutor marks for all of the components in the small group discussion activities will be returned to you. Where appropriate, tutor feedback and marks will be provided after each of the activity components, and before the next activity stage is finished. In addition to marks, content tutors may choose to provide you with some individual or whole class feedback.
In addition to tutor feedback at the end, activities are designed so that you benefit from peer-to-peer feedback and self-reflection while they are in progress. We also provide you with formative feedback opportunities via module discussion boards which are not formally marked.
Module tests presented at the end of each module are summatively assessed for the Hons cohort.

Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S1 (December)Neuroimaging1:30
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Describe neuroimaging techniques (e.g. CT, MRI, PET, SPECT), including the basic underlying physics principles, benefits and drawbacks of each technique, and applications clinically and in research. 6. Demonstrate effective literature review, synopsis, dissemination of knowledge of neuroimaging, through independent work and group activity.
  2. 2. Discuss selected neuro research topics / diseases (e.g. neurosurgery, stroke, neuropsychology, ageing, dementia) with a focus on how neuroimaging is used to investigate and study these topics.
  3. 3. List safety issues and the practicalities of scanning subjects / patients for each neuroimaging technique. Relate the safety issues and practicalities to scanning in the research and clinical environments, as well as to specific topics / diseases under investigation.
  4. 4. Outline and describe data protection considerations related to imaging data, privacy, anonymization and data sharing.
  5. 5. Identify and locate important neuroanatomy on neuroimaging. Relate abnormalities on neuroimaging to anatomy to effects on function.
Reading List
Readings are listed in the Resources section of each online module within the Virtual Learning Environment. They are prioritised so students should focus on readings with highest priority for each module and touch on others if they are more interested in the particular topic.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Special Arrangements Classes will be delivered online via the University of Edinburgh LEARN platform.
Course organiserProf Andrew Farrall
Tel: (0131) 537 3910
Course secretaryMs Sarah Larios
Tel: (0131 6)51 1514
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