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Postgraduate Course: Clinical Genetics (IMED11014)

Course Outline
SchoolDeanery of Clinical Sciences CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typeOnline Distance Learning AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThis 10-credit course allows students to develop a deeper level of knowledge and understanding in the speciality area of clinical genetics, and covers topics such diagnosis of inherited disorders and birth defects, estimation of genetic risks and genetic counselling of family members.
Course description Individual speciality tutors will use increasingly complex clinical case studies to broaden knowledge. The basic science and principles underpinning inherited disease will be covered, focussing on common inherited neurological and cardiovascular conditions. Genetic testing and interpretation of key laboratory techniques will be examined, defining the risks and benefits of such, with emphasis on counselling of patients prior to testing, informed consent, and confidentiality of results.
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: 100 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 5, Online Activities 30, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 63 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Formal summative written assessment (a case report or specialist review article)- will constitute 50% of the student's grade. Online assessment will incorporate a variety of activities participation in discussion groups/ wikis, online presentation/ review of journal articles, submission of literature appraisal forms etc. will constitute 5 credits (50%) of the overall course grade and is taken to represent a formative assessment of learning throughout the programme (more details in programme proposal document).
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the relevant basic scientific principles underpinning common inherited conditions, and recognise and formulate management plans for the treatment of such diseases
  2. Appraise the genetic and environmental factors that affect risk of developing cancer and current recommendations concerning tumour surveillance in cancer-prone families
  3. Evaluate the laboratory investigations including cytogenetic, molecular cytogenetic, molecular genetic and biochemical tests, and recognise the associated issues of informed consent, patient counselling, and confidentiality of results
  4. Practise in a wide and often unpredictable variety of professional level contexts (working with clinicians/basic scientists/allied health professionals)
  5. Deal with complex ethical and professional issues
Reading List
Key articles will be referred to at relevant points during the course.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Within the work to be undertaken this course will provide participants with the opportunity to develop or further develop key graduate attributes:
In-depth knowledge of specialist discipline
Develop new understanding by exercising critical judgement and challenging knowledge
Be a self-directed learner
Solve problems effectively taking ethical, professional and environmental issues into account
Use information responsibly in a range of contexts
Collaborate with others, capitalising on their different thinking, experience and skills
Communicate (oral, written, online) effectively, respectful of social and cultural diversity
Application of numeracy
Application of IT
KeywordsClinical genetics,inherited diseases
Course organiserProf Simon Maxwell
Tel: (0131) 537 2506
Course secretaryMrs Krislyn McWilliams-Biles
Tel: (0131 5)37 2506
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