Undergraduate Course: Human Disease: From Research to Clinic 3A (IBMS09001)
|School||Deanery of Biomedical Sciences
||College||College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 9 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||This 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.
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:
- Type 2 Diabetes
- Neurodegenerative diseases
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)
||Other requirements|| None
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2018/19, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 42,
Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 42,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||100% in-course assessment. Students must submit both summative ICAs in order to pass the course.«br /»
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 /»
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%).
||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
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Describe and discuss a range of common human disease states
- Describe and discuss how human disease can be treated and prevented
- Apply understanding of current research techniques and approaches to problems in disease treatment or prevention
|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
|Keywords||human pathophysiology,disease treatment,experimental approaches,experimental techniques
|Course organiser||Dr John Menzies
Tel: (0131 6)51 1711
|Course secretary||Ms Cristina Matthews
Tel: (0131 6)51 1346