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Undergraduate Course: Biomedical and Laboratory Sciences Core (BIME10064)

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
SummaryThe course provides opportunities to discuss and critically analyse high-profile contemporary issues in the Biomedical Sciences. It consists of a series of lectures, seminars and tutorials that aim to address key areas of biomedical sciences by focussing on the scientific basis of important and recent medical advances while placing them in the context of their value for improving health and healthcare.
Course description The course addresses the theme of the scientific basis of human medicine. Lectures, from experts in the field, cover diseases and disorders important nationally and internationally, including their identification and the role of biomedical science in advancing understanding and laying the foundation for their rational management and treatment. Other topics include; implementation of drug design and discovery; integration of new technologies, including genomics and stem cell techniques, for diagnosis and research; international health; ethical and socio-economic factors.

Analyse of sociological issues investigate the contributions of ethical, social, psychological and public health factors to health and illness on a global context.

The course also aims to provide familiarity with statistical techniques commonly-used in the biomedical literature, and the principles of designing and conducting clinical trials.

The course contains lectures, tutorial and seminars.

The course uses topics major importance to cover the current status of human health and disease from the prospective of diagnosis, treatment, prevention and education. The lectures highlight deliver key knowledge and understanding while seminars given more in depth research material to enhance understanding. The tutorials provide support and a mechanism to discuss issues and critically analyse current knowledge and practice.
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 Full Year
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 400 ( Lecture Hours 40, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 2, Formative Assessment Hours 4, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 8, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 346 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 60 %, Coursework 40 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Degree examination - 60%

ICA - 40% [Presentation and synopsis, reflective précis of selected seminar topics]
Feedback Feedback will be given on a formative presentation and précis in semester 1. The opportunity to receive feedback on a formative essay related to the degree examination will be provided. Feedback will be given following the summative evaluation of in-course assessments.
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)3:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Knowledge and understanding of aspects of Biomedical Sciences in depth and breadth
  2. Communicate about biomedical science issues in an accurate, clear and well-organised manner
  3. Demonstrating an ability to evaluate and integrate information from several sources
  4. Insight into the scientific and ethical challenges that confront Biomedical Sciences research in the 21st century and debating contentious issues
Learning Resources
Relevant journals articles will be reference after lectures and details given for reading before specific sessions.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Students are encouraged to develop skills in critical thinking that lie at the core of personal and intellectual autonomy.

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 writing, peer and tutor-led discussion groups.

Students are encouraged to reflect on their own learning and development of skills. They should have the skills to reflect on and apply scientific knowledge in order to improve the quality of life and to create wealth.

The ability to communicate freely and understandably with a range of audiences. Students are practised in the creation of coherent written, electronic and oral communications based on independently accumulated information.

Students are provided with opportunities to develop discursive/argument-based skills by using previous knowledge and applying it to unfamiliar scenarios in tutor and peer-led discussions.

Time-management on an individual and a collaborative scale is dictated by balancing workloads across courses in relation to submission deadlines.
Personal confidence and its development are fostered through the presentation of concise piece of work and the formative feedback provided on this activity.

Through engaging with the programme of work within the course students adapt to organising their own learning, managing their workload to fit to a defined academic timetable.

The concurrent demands of different components of the programme and work commitments encourage the development of effective planning.

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