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Postgraduate Course: Neuroimaging research for Graduate Neuroscientists - advanced (NEME11052)

Course Outline
SchoolDeanery of Clinical Sciences CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typeOnline Distance Learning AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryAdvanced neuroimaging techniques; advanced applications in neurological diseases, primarily with a research focus (including pre-clinical, microscopic and related techniques); good clinical and benchtop practice in imaging research, including relevant ethical considerations; plus image analysis, manipulation and management.
Course description Modules will cover but not be limited to advanced techniques and physics of radiation based, and magnetic resonance based imaging acquisition. Advanced applications of these techniques in neurological diseases will include pre-clinical, microscopic and related techniques, plus how they relate to more clinically focused approaches. Good clinical and benchtop practices, including ethical considerations, data protection and responsible image management, will be covered. Students will then learn about image analysis, manipulation and management. The didactic component of the course will consist of online lectures, required readings from the University library, and MCQs to re-enforce learning objectives, supported by online discussion boards. Activities, which will run in parallel to the didactic components and be matched to the learning objectives, will include individual work, peer review, as well as group and tutor engagement, with a view to exploring taught concepts in greater detail. Activities will be modified accordingly if the cohort size for a given academic year is small.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Describe advanced imaging techniques and critically evaluate the relative merits and drawbacks of the various imaging modalities
  2. Discuss and debate advanced applications of neuroimaging techniques to research in neurosciences, including pre-clinical and microscopy techniques
  3. State imaging good practice, incorporating ethical, data protection and image management considerations and demonstrate the ability to deduce such considerations to novel or previously unseen imaging scenarios
  4. Discuss and debate advantages and limitations of advanced neuroimaging technology as applied to neuroscience research
Reading List
A list of required and recommended readings will be provided in the institutional online learning environment for each module, and linked to library resources wherever possible.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills 1. Skills and abilities in Research and Enquiry: students will be equipped to obtain, assess, analyse and evaluate imaging with a view to investigating diseases; students will become more adept and competent at diagnosis, using well designed, methodologically sound and practical imaging techniques.
2. Skills & abilities in Personal & Intellectual Autonomy: the online eLearning delivery format means students have to be self-motivated and self-directed in order to complete the coursework successfully. They will be directed to compulsory readings in the literature which will act as a springboard for further readings. Activities will be designed so that students have to work independently, before discussing and presenting their work to peers and tutors.
3. Skills and abilities in Communication: the success of online distance learning depends on interaction with peers and tutors. Activities will all have group components where students communicate with each other and learn to work together to achieve various goals. Discussion boards associated with each Module also will allow students to post questions as well as to answer questions of their peers. Students will develop good practice in communication and collaboration using modern online communication tools, including but not restricted to asynchronous discussion forums, wikis and other web 2.0 tools.
4. Skills and abilities in Personal Effectiveness: the nature of the online distance learning environment means that students have to develop effective time management skills, as well as self-discipline with regards to regular study. They also need to juggle time-limited interactions with peers and tutors on which they are assessed.
Course organiserProf Andrew Farrall
Tel: (0131) 537 3910
Course secretaryDr Charilaos Alexakis
Tel: 0131 537 3125
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