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Undergraduate Course: Medical Biology Core (MBBM10015)

Course Outline
SchoolDeanery of Biomedical Sciences CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe course addresses the theme of the Medical Biology Hons BSc Programme, namely the scientific basis of human medicine. In Semester 1,through lectures from experts in the field and student led presentations, we will explore: diseases and disorders important nationally and internationally, including their identification and the role of biological science in advancing understanding and laying the foundation for their raional management and treatment; implementation of drug design and discovery; integration of new technologies, including genomics and stem cell techniques; international health; resources; ethical and socio-economic factors.

The course also aims to provide familiarity with statistical techniques commonly-used in the biomedical literature, and with the principles of designing and conducting clinical trials.

Development of communication skills will be through student-led sessions discussing and critically evaluating recent papers.

Semester 2 teaching will focus on development of skills in the critical analysis and communications, largely in support of the Critical Analysis and Synoptic courses running concurrently.

Teaching methods: Lectures, seminars and student-led presentations.
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2017/18, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Full Year
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 11, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 12, External Visit Hours 21, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 1, Formative Assessment Hours 1, Summative Assessment Hours 3, Revision Session Hours 1, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 146 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 70 %, Coursework 30 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 30% in-course assessment in Sem 2

70% Degree Examination in Sem 1

Feedback Throughout the Programme, we will provide you with feedback on your performance, both written and verbal, to help you get the most from your studies.

A mock mini-exam will be held in the middle of semester 1. You will receive written formative feedback on this one week later.
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S1 (December)Medical Biology Honours Core1:30
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Students should be capable of: 1. Providing evidence of knowledge and understanding of aspects of Medical Biology in depth and breadth
  2. 2. Demonstrating an ability to evaluate and integrate information from several sources
  3. 3. Demonstrating an ability to use knowledge to critically analyse hypotheses and arguments
  4. 4. Writing about medical science issues in an accurate, clear and well-organised manner.
Reading List
Lecturers/ Seminar presenters may give out reading lists related to their topics.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Course organiserDr Sutherland Maciver
Tel: (0131 6)50 3714
Course secretaryMiss Emily Rowan
Tel: (0131 6)51 1515
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