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Undergraduate Course: Anatomy and Development Project (BIME10042)

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
SummaryAll students will carry out a 12-week project in Semester 2 in an area of Anatomy and Development research. This research can either be lab-based, or involve the analysis and interpretation of new or previously generated data.
Course description All students will carry out a research project in Semester 2. Projects will be supervised by members of University academic staff. Students will select their project topic either from the list of titles offered using the BMS portal system; or, if you wish to pursue a special topic that interests you for a project, you yourself must identify and consult an appropriate member of the Biomedical Sciences community who would be willing to supervise a dissertation on that topic. Projects will either be laboratory-based or based on data analysis. Some projects can be worked on by a group of up to 4 students. Students will write a dissertation on their project research, and will also present their findings in an assessed oral presentation. For group projects, a joint dissertation is written. Sessions on how to write a dissertation and on giving a talk will be given as part of the Anatomy & Development Core course.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites Students MUST also take: Anatomy and Development Synoptic Exam (BIME10041) AND Anatomy and Development Grant Proposal (BIME10043) AND Anatomy and Development Core (BIME10044)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2018/19, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  24
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 400 ( Dissertation/Project Supervision Hours 10, Formative Assessment Hours 2, Summative Assessment Hours 1, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 8, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 379 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Research project report 87.5%
Oral presentation of project 12.5%
Feedback Feedback on project progress will be given at regular meetings with the project supervisor. Supervisors will also give feedback on a draft of the dissertation. Feedback on oral presentation skills will be given during the practice talk session in the Core Course.
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.
  2. Formulate one or more testable hypotheses or central arguments from the question and 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 and 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.
Reading List
Reading will be discussed with the project supervisor once the project has been allocated.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills This course is a compulsory part of the senior honours programme in Anatomy and Development. Students on this programme will gain the following set of graduate attributes and skills:

1: Knowledge and understanding
- Graduates will develop an in-depth understanding of the areas described above, including a significant amount of independent reading.
- Graduates will be expected to build on their learning in Semester 1 to demonstrate an ability to critically appraise the evidence used to guide research in the fields.
2: Practice Applied knowledge, skills & understanding
- Students will apply their specific knowledge and understanding of Anatomy and Developmental Biology to plan and conduct a hypothesis-led research plan.
3: Generic cognitive skills
- Graduates will have demonstrated an ability to identify, define, conceptualise and critically analyse complex scientific problems.
- Graduates will be expected to critically review their knowledge, skills and thinking on the material covered, and synthesise this with evidence from the literature.
4: Communication, ICT & numeracy skills
- Students will be expected to communicate professionally with peers, senior colleagues and the lay public.
- Students will learn to present information about specialised topics to informed audiences, using appropriate ICT applications for this purpose.
- Graduates will demonstrate an ability to interpret, use and evaluate numerical and graphical data in their appraisal of the relevant literature and presentation of their own data.
5: Autonomy, accountability & working with others
- Students will have the opportunity to demonstrate a degree of autonomy and initiative by planning and conducting their semester 2 research project.
- Students may work in small groups for some projects, thereby enhancing their team working skills.

KeywordsAnatomy,Developmental Biology,Project
Course organiserDr John Mason
Tel: (0131 6)50 6820
Course secretaryMr Philip Horey
Tel: (0131 6)50 3160
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