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Postgraduate Course: Scientific Methodology for Hosts, Pathogens and Global Health (BILG11008)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Biological Sciences CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryA seven part taught course designed to provide a grounding in scientific methodology.
Course description Statistics and Bioinformatics: October sem1, wk 3 and 4
o Dr Margo Chase Topping, Dr Al Ivens
o 5 half-days in total

A career in science: October sem1, wk3
o Tom Little (2 h)

Critical reading of scientific literature: October sem1, wk4
o Tom Little (2 h)

Preparing a poster presentation: early sem2 (TBC)
o IAD course Writing and Designing Your Academic Posters: School of Biological Sciences

Preparing an oral presentation: January and March sem2, wk 2 & 8
o IAD course attendance Presenting Made Easy - Presentation Techniques (SCE&MVM)

Writing a scientific report: May exam2, wk3, Tuesday 9 May 2017
o IAD course attendance: Writing Well: Language and Style; (3 hours)

What makes a successful grant application: May vac3, wk1
o Keith Matthews and Tom Little (2 h)
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2018/19, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Flexible
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 98 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Students will be assessed through in-course assignments

Completion of Statistics and Bioinformatics problem set
o 30% credit

Presentation of a landmark paper determined by Course Organiser in the form of a journal club discussion
o 20% credit

Preparation of a poster presentation based on the Research Project the student carries out during rotation 1 of the Hosts, Pathogens and Global Health MSc by Research Programme
o 30% credits

Preparation and delivery of a 3 min presentation using a single slide (comparable to that in the Three-Minute Thesis Competition) based on the Research Project the student carries out during rotation 2 of the Hosts, Pathogens and Global Health MSc by Research Programme
o 20% credits

Assessment for each component of the course
Statistics and Bioinformatics problem set submission date 31 October
Journal club presented to class group during period October December, exact date to be set by lecturer
Poster presentation submission date 28 February
Oral presentation June (to coincide with Centre for Immunity, Infection and Evolution scientific retreat)

Feedback Students will have regular interactions with lecturers on the Scientific Methodology course with whom they can discuss progress. Students will also meet with the Hosts, Pathogens and Global Health Programme Training Committee at the end of December, March and June to discuss progress on the Scientific Methodology course and address any questions or problems that may have arisen.

No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
This course aims to provide students with a range of skills key to successful research
Reading List
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills By the end of this course students will have a wide range of methodological skills, including:

Core training in Statistics and Bioinformatics
How to critically read and cite scientific literature
How to write a scientific report
How to prepare an effective poster presentation
How to prepare and deliver an effective oral presentation
How to write a successful grant application.

They will also develop the following transferable skills:
oral and written communication skills
time management
organisational skills

KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserProf Keith Matthews
Tel: (0131 6)51 3639
Course secretaryDr Hilary Snaith
Tel: (0131 6)51 3688
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