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Undergraduate Course: Biomedical Sciences 1 (BIME08013)

Course Outline
SchoolDeanery of Biomedical Sciences CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
Summary*Please note that this course is ONLY open to students currently on the Biomedical Sciences degree programmes.*

This course supports the Biomedical Sciences programme year 1 theme 'Importance of Biomedical Sciences to medicine and health' and contributes to the development of the skills students require to support their learning. Specifically the course will address topics drawn from across the biomedical disciplines.
Course description Students taking this course will develop an understanding of the scope of the biomedical sciences and their contribution to medicine and health.

This course will also:
-Place clear emphasis on formative assessment
-Provide numerous feedback opportunities
-Incorporate extensive small group work to improve student support and encourage the development of a Biomedical Sciences learning community.
-Support students in the development of skills that will assist them to become autonomous learners.

Eight lectures will illustrate concepts and current research on a range of topics drawn from all disciplines.
-There will be investigative practicals. These will introduce essential skills in data gathering, recording, analysing and reporting.
-Tutorials. These will promote skills development and be based around short pieces of work students are asked to produce in advance of the session. Topics covered will include: academic writing, literature searching, reflective writing, data analysis, experimental design and hypothesis setting. Links will be made with assessment tasks.
-Facilitated discussion-based group learning sessions related to lecture themes. Sessions would reinforce skills introduced in tutorials while promoting group work and research skills.
There will be a prescribed list of required reading to prepare for each session.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs none
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2018/19, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 9, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 12, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 6, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 169 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Coursework: 100%
[Coursework includes 1 individual essay (40% of final mark), a group project (20% of final mark), a practical test (10% of final mark), FGD discussion board posts (10% of final mark) and an individual reflective task (20% of final mark).]
Feedback Students would be supported in the individual essay task through tutor-led small group formative feedback sessions. They will be helped to develop an appreciation of quality by reviewing and assessing their own work and that of their peers in the light of guidance on marking criteria and use of exemplars. Sessions would reinforce skills introduced in tutorials.

Peer feedback will be obtained in the facilitated group discussions.

Students will be helped to reflect on their performance and progress in all aspects of the course.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. An understanding of the scope and importance of the Biomedical Sciences disciplines.
  2. Basic competence in information gathering, academic writing, reviewing and assessing own work and that of peers.
  3. Group working skills.
  4. An understanding of reflective practice.
Reading List
Prescribed reading list will be available via LEARN at the start of the course.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills -search for, evaluate and use information to develop knowledge and understanding
-recognise the importance of reflecting on your learning experiences and be aware of your learning style
-be an independent learner who takes responsibility for your own learning and are committed to continuous reflection, self-evaluation and self-improvement
-be able to use collaboration and debate effectively to test, modify and strengthen your own views
-be intellectually curious and able to sustain intellectual interest
-make effective use of oral, written and visual means to critique, negotiate, create and communicate understanding
-use communication as a tool for collaborating and relating to others
-seek and value open feedback to inform genuine self-awareness
-use effective communication to articulate their skills as identified through self-reflection
-be able to work effectively with others, capitalising on their different thinking, experience and skills
Special Arrangements This course is ONLY open to students who are enrolled on one of the Biomedical Sciences degree programmes (BSc Biomedical Sciences, BSc Infectious Diseases, BSc Neuroscience, BSc Pharmacology, BSc Physiology and BSc Reproductive Biology)
Course organiserProf Gareth Leng
Tel: (0131 6)50 2869
Course secretaryMs Beth Muir
Tel: (0131 6)51 1513
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