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Postgraduate Course: The Use of Artificial Reproductive Technologies in Threatened Species (BIME11018)

Course Outline
SchoolDeanery of Biomedical Sciences CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThis course will present materials related to the use of ARTs in wildlife conservation, including artificial insemination (AI), in-vitro fertilisation (IVF), gene-banking and cloning. The technical difficulties in using these techniques and the ethical questions that arise from them will be discussed in some detail.
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2017/18, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Full Year
Course Start Date 18/09/2017
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 )
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.
Feedback Summative assessment consists of a written element, worth 60% of the total mark, and an online element worth 40%. In both cases, comprehensive written feedback is provided individually with 15 working days of the assessment deadline. Students are expected to reflect on their feedback, to seek additional clarification if appropriate, and to use this to improve on future assignments of a similar nature.
Formative assessment consists of discussion around what is expected of each piece of assessed work for the course. This is conducted in an open discussion forum for all students to contribute to and provides an opportunity to clearly understand the key requirements for each assignment before submission. Any student can post questions about the assignment and a response will be posted on the discussion board by the course tutor within 3 working days.

No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Describe the procedures involved in ARTs such as AI, IVF, gene-banking and cloning.
  2. Understand basic reproductive physiology relevant to the application of ARTs such as AI and IVF.
  3. Understand the drivers for using these techniques in wildlife conservation and give some examples of where they have already been used.
  4. Argue for or against the use of ARTs based on ethical and other considerations.
Reading List
Andrabi & Maxwell (2007). A review on reproductive biotechnologies for
conservation of endangered mammalian species. Animal Reproduction Science: 99; 223-243.

Durrant (2009). The importance and potential of artificial insemination in CANDES (companion animals, non-domestic, endangered species). Theriogenology: 71; 113-121.
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Graduate Attributes and Skills The study materials provided in this course will enhance the student┐s abilities to search for, read and understand the relevant scientific literature, to use this to support specific arguments and to present the findings in a coherent and appropriate way. They will also develop skills in ICT through the use of an online learning platform, online search engines and word-processing and presentation packages. Online discussion with tutors and peers will develop confidence in communicating with others and the skills to engage in high level academic discourse. The independent study aspect of the course will enhance the student┐s abilities in time-management and self-motivation.
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Course organiserDr Sharron Ogle
Course secretaryMr Lyndon Zahra
Tel: (0131) 651 5232
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