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Undergraduate Course: Biomedical Sciences 2: Fundamental Principles (BIME08010)

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. The experimental basis of scientific knowledge ('How do we know what we know') will also be introduced.
This new course will also implement timely and useful feedback opportunities.
Course description The course will be structured as follows:
- Lectures: Material to be covered will include scientific principles for each BMS discipline. It will also outline functions of major physiological systems, including the nervous system, reproductive system, cardiovascular and respiratory systems.
- Practical classes: Stand-alone units closely integrated with the lecture materials and designed to enhance students' understanding of the experimental basis of scientific knowledge.
- Tutorials: Interactive sessions aimed to support the development of generic academic skills such as researching a topic, writing an essay and using feedback efficiently.
- Essay feedback session: Small group session with the marker of the student's submitted essay. This is an 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.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2017/18, Part-year visiting students only (VV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 32, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 3, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 9, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 1, Summative Assessment Hours 1, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 150 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 60 %, Coursework 40 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Coursework: 40% total course mark

Final Exam: 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 S1 (December)Biomedical Sciences 2: Fundamental Principles2:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Students who successfully complete the course will acquire - A fundamental factual basis for study of Biomedical Sciences disciplines, including core concepts and important scientific principles.
  2. Competence in effective literature searching and written communication
  3. Basic practical skills required for research in biomedical sciences, including data analysis and interpretation.
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Course organiserDr Celine Caquineau
Tel: (0131 6)51 4065
Course secretaryMiss Emily Rowan
Tel: (0131 6)51 1515
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