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Undergraduate Course: Neuroscience Project (NEBM10005)

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 Credits40 ECTS Credits20
SummaryStudents will spend the final block of the second semester on original research either in the library or, in a limited number of cases, in individual research laboratories. The results of the research will be formally presented to the whole class and teachers, and also written up as a Dissertation which is independently marked by at least two members of the Board of Examiners. Library project students have a relatively free choice of topic subject to approval by the Board of Examiners, but guidance on a choice of topic will be given to those who require it. The choice of laboratory-based projects will be limited and admission is competitive. Acceptance onto a laboratory-based project may depend on a student's academic record and on consideration of evidence of future plans for a career in laboratory-based science or medicine. However, both library-based and laboratory-based projects are considered of equal value: both provide ample opportunities for students to demonstrate their creative, critical and analytical skills.
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 Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 400 ( Dissertation/Project Supervision Hours 10, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 1, Summative Assessment Hours 1, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 8, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 380 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) no exam
Feedback Whether you undertake a laboratory-based, non-lab-based or group Project/Dissertation, you can expect to receive regular guidance from your supervisor during the 12-week period allocated for this purpose in Semester 2. You can expect a minimum of 6 hours contact time (i.e. 30 mins/week on average, over 12 weeks) with your academic supervisor during this period; more if both you and your supervisor agree. Agreeing on a regular schedule of meetings with your supervisor is advisable.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Describe a question requiring original research through critical reading of current literature. Formulate one or more testable hypotheses or central arguments from the question.
  2. Identify appropriate methods and models to test the hypotheses or arguments.
  3. Obtain information to address the hypotheses or arguments using appropriate investigative techniques and research tools. Critically analyze the evidence obtained to refute or support the hypotheses or arguments.
  4. Integrate your findings with those of others, and indicate the impact this has on the field and how future work may address outstanding questions.
  5. Communicate your findings and conclusions effectively through your dissertation, lay-summary, and any associated oral or poster presentations.
Reading List
Recommended reading will be supplied by the project supervisor on request.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Course organiserDr Karen Horsburgh
Tel: (0131 6)50 6940
Course secretaryMiss Rachel Allan
Tel: (0131 6)51 1514
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