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Undergraduate Course: Research Skills in Reproductive Biology (REPB10004)

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
SummaryThis course aims to equip you with core research skills and covers the experimental systems used in reproductive biology, together with key transferable communication skills to assist you during the honours programme
Course description The course is made up of a series of lectures that will provide up-to-date information about current experimental systems used in research relevant to reproductive biology, a toolkit of transferable skills that will help you benefit maximally from the other courses on the programme, and prepare you for a career in a scientific discipline.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs ~30 towards Firbush Trip
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 61, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 14, External Visit Hours 21, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 2, Formative Assessment Hours 3, Summative Assessment Hours 1, Revision Session Hours 2, Other Study Hours 10, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 82 )
Additional Information (Learning and Teaching) learning skills session
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 100 %, Coursework 0 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 100% exam.

Research Skills I (50% - 10 credits) (December Diet) - 5 shorter essays (20% each, choice of 8)

Research Skills II (50% - 10 Credits) (April/May diet) - 1 question (100%, choice of 2)
Feedback One to one feedback in semester two
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S1 (December)Research Skills 12:00
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)Research Skills 23:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Describe the generic experimental techniques and methodological tools that are broadly applicable to many areas of modern biology, and particularly relevant across the reproductive biology field of study. Discuss the progress made in the field by advances in different methodologies.
  2. Evaluate the advantages and limitations of different experimental approaches. Critically appraise research findings arising from studies using these methodological tools.
  3. Discuss the interpretation, evaluation and integration of results across a range of these methodologies in the field. Read, abstract, understand, assimilate, critically evaluate and present primary research papers published in reproductive journals.
  4. Prepare and present a time-limited Powerpoint presentation, and respond confidently and knowledgeably to audience questions.
  5. Critically review a journal manuscript for its suitability for publication.
Reading List
Reading lists are available in timetable.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Course organiserDr Richard Smith
Tel: (0131) 242 9125
Course secretaryMrs Amy Collier
Tel: (0131 6)50 3161
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