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Postgraduate Course: Laboratory Practise in Microbiology, Virology and Serology (BIME11116)

Course Outline
SchoolDeanery of Biomedical Sciences CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typeOnline Distance Learning AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThis course aims to provide competency in the use of the clinical laboratory in the investigation, management and prevention of infection
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs Printing own course materials
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2016/17, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Flexible
Course Start Date 10/04/2017
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 10, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 10, Online Activities 25, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 53 )
Additional Information (Learning and Teaching) Online activities include asynchronous discussion
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Formal summative written assessment will constitute 60% of the student's grade. Online assessment will incorporate a variety of activities will constitute 40% of their overall course grade and is taken to represent a formative assessment of learning throughout the programme.

Assessment will be based on various online activities including written submissions (web forms), discussion fora and reflective review. Extensive use of selective release (requiring the student to complete one task before being permitted to proceed to the next) technologies will be made to facilitate interactive and dynamic online assignments.
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Describe the principles, uses and limitations of laboratory diagnostic procedures (manual, automated and Point-of-Care) including microscopy, culture, protein/nucleic acid-based, serological/other assays of host-response, and emerging diagnostics.
  2. Understand biological, biomedical and fundamental technical background of diagnostic tests, identify unmet needs and gaps in knowledge and understanding and demonstrate ability to develop research programmes to address these gaps.
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of the repertoire of investigations available for a given clinical scenario, their merits and limitations. Understand results comprehensively and demonstrate competence in key aspects of data handling.
  4. Understand the principles and role of pathogen reference laboratories, the requirement for internal and external quality assurance, and the process of laboratory accreditation.
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Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsPre analytical phase,analytical phase,post-analytical phase,laboratory management and quality ass
Course organiserDr Till Bachmann
Tel: 0131 242 9438
Course secretaryMiss Sarah Fraser
Tel: (0131 6)50 3289
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