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Undergraduate Course: Human Disease: From Research to Clinic 3B (IBMS09002)

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
SummaryThe aim of the course is to give students an introduction to working in the research laboratory environment. This course comprises a 4 week lab placement with a research-active ZJU- or ZJE-based Principle Investigator (PI). Students will be integrated into the research lab environment and will engage in activities in line with the PI's research interests. The focus of this short course is on understanding how the research contributes to the relevant scientific field and on understanding the principles and limitations of the experimental approaches used in the PI's laboratory. Students are not expected to produce original data.
Course description In this intensive four week core course, students will be integrated into the research laboratory of a ZJE- or ZJU-based PI. The overall aim is to prepare the student for the rigours of the research laboratory-based components of teaching and learning in Year 4. No other Year 3 courses will run during this four week period.

The focus of this short course is on understanding how the PI's research contributes to the relevant scientific field, and on understanding the principles and limitations of the experimental approaches used in the PI's laboratory. This will be achieved by integrating students into the research lab environment, helping them advance their skills and knowledge of experimental and statistical design, and technical approaches to specific research questions. There will be a focus on reflection on autonomous and team-based laboratory activities.

These outcomes will be supported by regular meetings with the PI and interactions with the lab's research workers. Learning objectives will be assessed entirely using in-course assessment.

Students will be invited to identify the lab they wish to join, and their work there will be in line with the host PI's research interests. Students are not committed to taking up the Hons project in Year 4 with the same PI, but it is recognised that some students may prefer this sense of continuity. It is important to note that students are not expected to produce original data in this course.
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 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Dissertation/Project Supervision Hours 4, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 40, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 152 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 100% in-course assessment. Students must submit all summative ICAs in order to pass the course.«br /»
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1. A scientific review-style report (1500 words) based on the questions investigated by the lab, and the experimental techniques and approaches used (70%), marked non-anonymously by the PI.«br /»
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2. A reflective report (800 words) on their experiences in the lab (30%), marked anonymously.
Feedback The weekly meeting with the PI (which should take place in the context of a lab meeting) will provide a regular opportunity for feedback and feed-forward guidance. Feedback on practitioner skills will also be provided by the postgraduate and/or postdoctoral day-to-day supervisor/shadow in the lab.

Summative assessment of ICAs produces a mark and written feedback.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. experience an introduction to the laboratory research environment
  2. develop ¿real-world¿ skills as a practitioner of biomedical sciences - an ability to identify and discuss key unanswered questions in a specific field of research, explain current experimental approaches and design an experimental plan
  3. reflect and report on experiences in the laboratory research environment
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Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills On completion of this course students will have developed sound fundamental skills in:
- understanding and application of laboratory-related approaches used by practising biomedical scientists.
- critical thinking, by developing and beginning to put into practice their knowledge of experimental, technical and statistical design and approaches.
- reflecting on autonomous and team-based laboratory activities, including accountability to the PI, other members of the laboratory, and the overarching aims of the research group.
Keywordslaboratory experience,experimental design,experimental approaches
Course organiserDr John Menzies
Tel: (0131 6)51 1711
Course secretaryMs Cristina Matthews
Tel: (0131 6)51 1346
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