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Undergraduate Course: Integrative Biomedical Sciences 3 (IBMS09007)

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 Credits40 ECTS Credits20
SummaryThis course aims to give the students strong foundations for working in a research environment. The course will be structured with two main themes running in parallel. The first will aim to give students a solid knowledge of the process of scientific enquiry that happens in a research laboratory. This will include learning about good laboratory practice, experimental design, data analysis, as well as bioethics and responsible research conduct. The second will include further development of core biological knowledge, in topics such as physiology, pharmacology and molecular biology; this knowledge will be complemented and detailed by the more specialised elective courses of the third and fourth years of the programme.
Course description The aim of this course is to give students solid foundations for working in a research environment. This objective will be pursued through a strong focus on practical aspects of research such as experimental design, data gathering and analysis but also bioethics and responsible research conduct.

These will be complemented by further strengthening of their biological knowledge, especially focussing on ways in which the function of body systems can be modified by environmental factors. Delivery of this second theme will also serve as a working base on which different electives in third and fourth year can build on, and content will be designed to fit coherently with that of these other courses.
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 72, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 44, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 8, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 276 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Coursework: 100% total course mark, including 3 ICA.«br /»
ICA1 (35%, MCQ + SAQ)«br /»
ICA2 (35%, report)«br /»
ICA3 (30%, project proposal)
Feedback Written formative feedback will be provided during the course of the year; feedback will be also provided following the summative evaluation of in-course assessments.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Discuss and summarize topics related to modern problems in biomedical sciences, including physiology, pharmacology, cellular and molecular biology.
  2. Critically interpret and analyse scientific literature on biomedical sciences related topics
  3. Describe, plan and discuss simple strategies for experimental design, data collection and analysis
  4. Produce a basic research proposal, including a review of current literature on the topic
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Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills The course will have a strong focus on the development of graduate attributes that will be important for someone who works in research. The first theme will aim to strengthen practical and quantitative skills such as project planning, data collection and analysis; it will as well help in developing good work ethics, for example by teaching about data sharing, ensuring reproducible research and bioethics.

Critical analysis skills, the basis of which were set in the first two years of the programme will be further developed. Some of the lectures of the second theme will be delivered in the form of scientific seminars, to improve students' ability to ask questions, and tackle more complex topic delivered in a form that is different from that of a traditional lecture.
KeywordsBiomedical sciences,Physiology,Pharmacology,Data analysis,Biomedical research
Course organiserDr Nicola Romano
Course secretaryMs Cristina Matthews
Tel: (0131 6)51 1346
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