Postgraduate Course: Neurodegenerative Diseases, Pain, Stem Cells and Models (PAMA11077)
|School||Deanery of Clinical Sciences
||College||College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
|Course type||Online Distance Learning
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This course aims to provide students with an introduction to the central nervous system, basic anatomy, cell types and development before leading into a critical understanding of dementias and neurodegenerative diseases including Multiple Sclerosis, Motor Neurone Disease, Parkinson's Disease and Spinal Cord Injury.
This course aims to provide students with an introduction to the central nervous system, basic anatomy, cell types and development before leading into a critical understanding of dementias and neurodegenerative diseases including Multiple Sclerosis, Motor Neurone Disease, Parkinson's Disease and Spinal Cord Injury. The course will also explore how these diseases influence patients and carers.
Furthermore, students will learn about: symptoms of these neurodegenerative disease; explore real patient case studies; what cells and regions are affected and potential mechanisms of disease progression, and the impact of pain in these diseases.
Importantly, how these diseases can be modelled in both cell cultures and animals will be covered with an emphasis on the pros and cons of various model techniques (with respect to patients and the clinical setting) and with a view to developing students' critical understanding of these cutting edge technologies.
Throughout this course the generation, propagation and roles of stem cells will be investigated and analysed with respect to neurodegenerative diseases and pain and potential impact on patients and clinicians.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||The minimum entry requirement is a UK 2:1 undergraduate degree, or its international equivalent in a relevant discipline. Relevant disciplines include: medicine; nursing; dentistry; psychology; occupational therapy; physiotherapy; pharmacology; osteopathy; other allied health care profession involved in the management of pain.
Applications from those with non-university professional qualifications such as RGN with appropriate clinical experience will be considered on an individual basis.
Where applicable, you will also be required to meet any language requirements in accordance with the University's regulations.
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2016/17, Available to all students (SV1)
|Course Start Date
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Assignment One: 30% (10% Peer assessment + 20% Tutor assessed) - Group presentation (poster/wall) that will be based on the functions/uses and applications of stem cells for a specific neurodegenerative disease Students will be offered formative feedback on an outline/plan prior to the actual assessment, which will also incorporate peer assessment.
Assignment Two: 20% - assessed online contributions. A single reflective (10%) piece that will be started early in the course and the student will be expected to revisit their piece and expand on it thus showing their growing development and understanding of the course and discussion boards (10%).
Assignment Three: 50% - Course portfolio in 2 parts:
a) 25% - Layman's Guide/Information sheet designed to highlight use of stem cells or animal models specific to a neurodegenerative disease designed for use in the clinic
b) 25% - Essay (1500-2000 words) from a series of questions based around the key learning outcomes for the topics of neurodegenerative diseases, pain, models and stem cells to test the students understanding of the key concepts.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Discuss and explain the clinical pathology with respect to specific the neurodegenerative diseases covered
- Understand the impact of neurodegenerative diseases on daily lives of individuals
- Explain the strengths and limitations of Stem Cells with respect to modelling/impacting specific neurodegenerative diseases
- Explain the strengths and limitations of current scientific models relative to specific neurodegenerative diseases
- Communicate and engage with the course¿s concepts and principles with others outwith their own field
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Keywords||Stem cells,neurodegenerative diseases,regenerative neurology,models,in vitro,in vivo,pain
|Course organiser||Dr David Hampton
|Course secretary||Mrs Ruth Macdonald
Tel: (0131) 242 3135
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