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Postgraduate Course: Grand Challenge in Optical Medical Imaging (CHEM11050)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Chemistry CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryGrand Challenge in Optical Medical Imaging is a course that aims to promote innovation, critical thinking and idea generation. Teams of students are assigned a Grand Challenge topic by a mentor and they work together to come up with an innovative solution.
Course description Grand Challenge in Optical Medical Imaging is a course where students learn to work in teams to solve medically relevant problems.

Grand Challenge in Optical Medical Imaging is a student-led course designed to promote teamwork, critical thinking and innovation. Each team of students is assigned a staff mentor who they see for 1 hour per week.
The course is split into three phases:
Phase 1 is a one-day intensive course where the morning is dedicated to learning about working in teams and coming up with new ideas. The afternoon is dedicated to learning about project management and project planning. Throughout the day the students will write and present two pieces of work based on provided case studies of commercial research.
Phase 2 is a four-week exercise in which teams of students are given a ¿grand challenge¿ which they have to research and understand. Students are required to understand the scientific, social and commercial aspects of their grand challenge. At the end of this phase the students present their findings and will be assessed on the content and delivery of their presentations.
Phase 3 is a four-week exercise in which the teams take their grand challenge and try to develop a new idea. The students are required to submit an invention disclosure form that details their invention and its commercial potential. At the end of the phase the students present their new idea and are assessed on the content and delivery of their presentation.
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 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 8, Dissertation/Project Supervision Hours 5, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 3, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 180 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) This course is assessed on the content and delivery of presentations based on 2 x 4-week team exercises as described in the course description.

Regular feedback on progress will be provided by the mentors and the course will assessed through a series of short, group, oral presentations delivered at the end of each phase of the course. In addition, students will receive feedback on their ideas and on their communication skills through weekly meetings with their mentors.
Feedback Informal feedback will be delivered at weekly mentoring meetings where students discuss their approaches and ideas.
At the 4-weekly assessments students will receive feedback from the assessment panel and from their peers.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Knowledge and understanding: Students will improve their understanding of Optical Medical Imaging by studying a particular problem in detail and by hearing the results of other groups' studies.
  2. Practice: Students will gain experience of analysing a problem from a variety of perspectives: scientific, commercial and social.
  3. Generic skills: Students will gain experience of the critical analysis, evaluation and synthesis of ideas at the forefront of their subject area.
  4. Communication: Students will learn to structure and deliver scientific and generic presentations at a professional level.
  5. Autonomy: Students will learn to work effectively in teams and understand the various roles that people can play in teams.
Reading List
Details will be provided after assignment of a topic and mentor.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Critical analysis
Idea generation and evaluation
Autonomous team working
Presentation skills.
KeywordsOptical Imaging
Course organiserDr Colin Campbell
Tel: 0131 651 3049
Course secretaryMrs Samantha Brown
Tel: (0131 6)51 7769
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