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Undergraduate Course: Conception to Parturition (BIME10028)

Course Outline
SchoolDeanery of Biomedical Sciences CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course aims to give you an understanding from the molecular mechanisms through the physiology and pathophysiology of conception, contraception, assisted reproduction, pregnancy and parturition, and female reproductive cancers. It will develop your understanding into the experimental in vitro and in vivo models, animal models and clinical trials. This will be set in the translational context of clinical issues in the fields of gynaecology, obstetrics, urology and neonatology
Course description The course is made up of a series of lectures and workshops by clinical and science academics working in human and animal fertility/infertility and reproductive health. It is designed to facilitate an understanding of the physiological processes of pregnancy and birth, with awareness of the clinical issues and experimental models, and the clinical and laboratory aspects of assisted conception and fertility regulation, with an insight into clinical patient management.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2016/17, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  46
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 31, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 1, Formative Assessment Hours 1, Summative Assessment Hours 7, Revision Session Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 154 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 70 %, Coursework 30 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Examination (50%)
ICA - Oral presentation of poster (50%)
Feedback Feedback will be available frequently, and widely throughout the course in many forms, many informal and verbal:
- on specific topics you can raise with staff during lectures and workshops
- on you suggested selection of papers to present for your poster presentation
- from the Course Organiser, other academic staff and your peers on your presentation and poster
You will have an opportunity to write a practice exam question which will be marked and you will receive specific personal written feedback,
- you will participate in an examination techniques workshop and an exam preparation session, all to provide feedback on specific questions on topics raised by students,
- You will be able to review your examination scripts and you will receive individual feedback on your exam scripts
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S1 (December)Conception to Parturition2:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Critically evaluate the physiological processes and underlying clinical problems and pathophysiology from conception, through implantation, pregnancy, labour, fetal development and in utero programming of the fetus that influences wellbeing in later life, and the adaptations the fetus undergoes at delivery
  2. Critically evaluate the science underlying established and novel methods of female and male contraception, and the common causes of male and female infertility and the limitations to our understanding of the causes of infertility, including in exotic animals
  3. Critically appraise findings arising from the main animal and in vitro models, and clinical and epidemiology methodologies used in pregnancy and parturition research
  4. Assimilate an overview of global reproductive health problems
  5. Synthesise your understanding and communicate on a reproductive issue, as a mini-poster and an oral PowerPoint presentation
Reading List
Reading list available in timetable.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Course organiserDr Simon Riley
Tel: (0131) 242 6423
Course secretaryMs Maria Schmidke
Tel: (0131 6)50 3161
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