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Undergraduate Course: Research Strategies in Biomedical and Laboratory Sciences (BIME09015)

Course Outline
SchoolDeanery of Biomedical Sciences CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 9 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe course will cover how hypothesis driven research is formulated and funded.
Course description This course will be based on lectures and small-group session and involve training in literature searching, database mining, research funding, project planning, ethics, experimental design, report writing, publishing research in academic journals, press releases, public engagement and patenting procedures.

This course will extend material covered in Biomedical Sciences 3 by involving grant proposal/research methods/research ethics linked to employment and research project.

This course is only available to students on the Biomedical and Laboratory Sciences programme.
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 Block 5 (Sem 2) and beyond
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 10, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 166 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) ICA - 100% [Grant proposal (70%) and production of written reports in different formats and to different audiences, e.g. academic, lay, press (30%).
Feedback Students receive feedback during sessions with tutor on progress and approach to the task. Feedback is given after evaluation of the grant proposal and reports.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. To understand scientific method
  2. To produce a grant proposal
  3. To understand research ethics and the importance in their consideration when proposing a research proposal
  4. To understand the link between research and development of diagnostic procedures
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Graduate Attributes and Skills Students are instructed in the skills that allow the work of others to be accurately and concisely summarised and abstracted.

Independent thinking and the ability to draw together novel but relevant information from a wide range of sources and synthesise coherent conclusions is encouraged through a variety of formats including essay writing, peer and tutor-led discussion groups.

The ability to communicate freely and understandably with a range of audiences is essential for the modern Biomedical Scientist. The degree programme allows development in the different forms of communication at all stages and academic levels of the programme.

Students are practised in the creation of coherent written, electronic and oral communications based on independently accumulated information.
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