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Undergraduate Course: Biomedical Sciences Project (BIME10002)

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 Credits40 ECTS Credits20
SummaryMost students will do group library projects based on an important topic in the general area of medical biology. Students will have considerable freedom to follow up their own ideas and to decide with project supervisors the exact content of the project.

Assessment of these projects will mainly be based on a set of deliverables that will include a dissertation report, oral presentation, a project plan and a lay communications assignment. A typical report will include 4-5 specialised chapters (one chapter per student, assessed individually) together with a general introduction and an integrated discussion. While each student will be responsible for a chapter, the final project would be the communal work of the group and thus involve team writing and editing. A small element of peer assessment will be included in the marking scheme.

One purpose of these group projects is for students to learn teamwork, and part of the assessment will be based on the minutes of structured weekly management meetings that the team will hold.

There will thus be a preparatory teaching session for all students on project planning and teamworking. Other whole-class teaching sessions will cover statistics/data analysis and the development of skills in lay communication.

There may also be opportunities for students who wish to do a laboratory-based individual research project.
Course description Not entered
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 Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 400 ( Lecture Hours 2, Dissertation/Project Supervision Hours 10, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 3, Formative Assessment Hours 4, Summative Assessment Hours 4, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 8, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 369 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Please see 'Short Description'
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Describe a question requiring original research through critical reading of current literature. Formulate one or more testable hypotheses or central arguments from the provided later.
  2. Identify appropriate methods and models to test the hypotheses or arguments.
  3. Obtain information to address the hypotheses or arguments using appropriate investigative techniques and research tools. Critically analyze the evidence obtained to refute or support the hypotheses or arguments.
  4. Integrate your findings with those of others, and indicate the impact this has on the field and how future work may address outstanding questions.
  5. Communicate your findings and conclusions effectively through your dissertation, lay-summary, and any associated oral or poster presentations.
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Course organiserDr Sutherland MacIver
Tel: (0131 6)50 3714
Course secretaryMiss Emily Rowan
Tel: (0131 6)51 1515
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