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Undergraduate Course: Human Disease: From Research to Clinic 3A (IBMS09001)

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
SummaryThis course will use our understanding of human disease pathways to explore how biomedical research continues to give rise to knowledge and understanding of pathophysiology. Teaching and learning activities will use in-depth analysis of specific examples using the range of biomedical disciplines. These disease examples will introduce the most common current research techniques/approaches and will include teaching on the theoretical principles and practical applications and limitations of these techniques.
Course description In this semester 1 core course, students will develop their understanding of human disease. The overall aim is to show how the range of disciplines in the Biomedical Sciences have jointly contributed to understanding disease pathways, and how the research approaches used in these disciplines has improved treatment and prevention approaches.

The course will be book-ended by an introductory week and a consolidation week. The remaining 12 weeks will be devoted to 1- 2 week blocks focused on a specific disease state. Examples include:
- Cancers
- Type 2 Diabetes
- Neurodegenerative diseases
- Stroke
- Asthma

Taking this broad approach will allow us to encompass all the major disciplines in the Biomedical Sciences (including physiology, pharmacology, neuroscience, biochemistry, endocrinology, and so on), and discuss multiple complementary research approaches to understanding disease, and advancing its treatment and prevention.

This will be achieved by integrating lectures and practicals/workshops. Each week will feature three 1h lectures where students learn about the pathophysiology behind these disease states, and current, emerging (and failed) approaches to their treatment and prevention. Lectures will be supported by a weekly 3 h practical or workshop. These will focus on the development and application of current research techniques and approaches.

Learning objectives will be assessed entirely using summative in-course assessment, supported by in-course formative assessment.
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 ( Lecture Hours 42, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 42, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 112 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 100% in-course assessment. Students must submit both summative ICAs in order to pass the course.«br /»
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1. An essay (3000 words) where students are invited to select one of the disease states discussed in the course and show how the biomedical sciences have allowed a fuller understanding of disease pathways and processes and how the biomedical sciences have made possible the development of effective treatments (70%). This summative ICA will be preceded by a formative essay plan ICA. Both will be marked anonymously.«br /»
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2. An oral presentation describing how a specific research technique and experimental approach (e.g., electrophysiology, genetic manipulation, biomarker identification) has had an impact on our understanding of disease processes and their treatment (30%).
Feedback Students will receive continual feedback across the semester in their weekly practical/workshop sessions.

The formative ICA essay plan will generate written feedback. The summative ICA marks will be accompanied by written feedback for the essay, and oral and written feedback for the presentation.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Describe and discuss a range of common human disease states
  2. Describe and discuss how human disease can be treated and prevented
  3. Apply understanding of current research techniques and approaches to problems in disease treatment or prevention
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Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills On completion of this course students will have developed their:
- Knowledge and understanding of human disease states, with a particular focus on the contribution of disciplines in the Biomedical Sciences
- Critical thinking skills, by developing their understanding, and an appreciation of the relevance and application of biomedical approaches to human disease
- Independent learning by self-directed study, discussion and debate with peers and tutors in practicals and workshops
- Communication skills, by producing significant pieces of written and oral work on the course¿s themes
Keywordshuman pathophysiology,disease treatment,experimental approaches,experimental techniques
Course organiserDr John Menzies
Tel: (0131 6)51 1711
Course secretaryMs Cristina Matthews
Tel: (0131 6)51 1346
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