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Postgraduate Course: Neuroimaging: Practical work and assessments (NEME11012)

Course Outline
SchoolDeanery of Clinical Sciences CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits60 ECTS Credits30
SummaryThis course is the final course in the Neuroimaging for Research Masters Programme and will require less structured and more independent study than previous courses in the Programme as you undertake practical work over two semesters. They will include a project where you will investigate an aspect of neuroimaging of interest to you, and which will culminate in a written summary in a format of a journal paper (no more than 5,000 words). This will be accompanied by a reflective essay followed by anonymous peer reviews of the essays submitted by fellow students.
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Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2017/18, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Full Year
Course Start Date 18/09/2017
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 600 ( Dissertation/Project Supervision Hours 100, Online Activities 40, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 460 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) The Masters year requires less structured and more independent study; it is practically oriented. Much of the practical work is centered on a supervised project (70% final mark), and one directed activity worth 30% of the final mark. Students have both semesters in the academic year to complete the project and summary. The project is a major piece of independent work appropriate for the Masters level, which may use primary or secondary data; may involve review of the literature; or may be a reflective piece of work. The project culminates in a written summary which must be of a standard appropriate for publication in a major journal; it is limited to 5,000 words both to facilitate direct submission to a major journal, and to give students valuable experience in condensing a major body of work into publishable format.
The directed activity is assessed similarly to those in other Courses, and requires a combination of individual work and peer review. It involves authoring a reflective essay of 1500-2000 words which is submitted via Turnitin. Peer reviews of submitted essays are then performed within Turnitin Peermark. Both the reviewers and reviewees are anonymous.
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. By the end of this course, you should be able to design independently and to execute a neuroimaging research strategy, either as a primary research focus or as an adjunct to a broader research platform
  2. select appropriate imaging modalities and strategies, understanding their practicalities and limitations
  3. anticipate and plan for ethical, safety and clinical considerations, as well as for biases in design and analysis
  4. select appropriate data evaluation techniques and statistical tools to make sense of your imaging results
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Special Arrangements All courses will be delivered taught by distance learning, using Blackboard Learn as the delivery platform. Registered students are provided with a user name and password that allows them to access a protected course web site. The website houses a number of interactive tutorials that allow students to work with information in a self-paced manner to test their understanding of important concepts and principles. Online delivery will be supported through online discussions with peers and tutors. The website provides a variety of educational material and supports a range of approaches by the students to the material provided.
Study guides with lecture notes are available, either to be read on screen or printed by the students for private use. Selected readings from relevant journals and textbooks are also provided.
Additional Class Delivery Information All courses to be delivered taught by distance learning using Blackboard Learn as the delivery platform.
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Course organiserProf Andrew Farrall
Tel: (0131) 537 3910
Course secretaryDr Charilaos Alexakis
Tel: 0131 537 3125
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