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Postgraduate Course: Research Training (Translational Neuroscience) (NEBM11009)

Course Outline
SchoolDeanery of Biomedical Sciences CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits100 ECTS Credits50
SummaryStudents carry out original research on three consecutive, approved, 12-week projects in a neuroscience-relevant laboratory or human/clinical research environment. This course is only available to students enrolled on the Integrated 4 Year PhD in Translational Neuroscience
Course description Students will undertake three consecutive 12-week research projects in a different research laboratory/clinical environment. Projects will be selected from an approved list.
Project 1 will focus on a development research theme, Project 2 will be focused on an adolescent/adulthood theme, Project 3 will be focused on an old age/degeneration theme
At the completion of each project, the student will present their research findings in a written and oral presentation. The style of the written presentation will be notified in advance but different
for each project (e.g. Lancet style, Nature style, scientific poster).

The Wellcome Trust 4 Year PhD in Translational Neuroscience is a training programme focused on common human brain diseases across the life course. The goal of the programme is to advance
knowledge, expertise and skills in clinical translation. As part of the PhD programme, students are expected to take this course ┐Research Training (Translational Neuroscience)┐.
The aim of this course is to provide the students with practical experience of research work in all three life-course areas:
* Development,
* Adolescence/adulthood
* Old age/neurodegeneration.

Students will select their research projects from a list of approved 12-week projects. Each project will involve two research supervisors ┐ usually one fundamental and one human-based
researcher. The three project research areas will complement the taught content in the ┐Disorders Discussions and Key Methodologies I (Translational Neuroscience)┐ course, which will
run concurrently.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites Students MUST also take: Introduction to Disorders Discussions and Key Methodologies (Translational Neuroscience) (NEBM11008)
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: 1000 ( Dissertation/Project Supervision Hours 36, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 20, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 944 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Coursework: 100%

Each teaching block (3 in total) will be assessed by an oral presentation of research report, and a Research Project Reports: e.g. written assignments such as Lancet Style paper, Nature Style paper, Scientific Poster.

The oral presentation in block 1 will be formative; all other presentations will be summative.

All research project reports will be summative.

All summative assessment must be passed in order to pass the course.
Feedback Formative feedback will be provided. Appropriate supervisors/tutors will provide feedback on a draft of each assessment before it is submitted for marking. Feedback will also
be provided on the oral presentations.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Acquire skills in design of experiments and in methods and techniques in neuroscience/clinical research
  2. Become fluent with good laboratory/clinical practice
  3. Make appropriate quantitative and/or statistical analysis of
  4. Understand different research approaches across the life-course
  5. Enhance teamwork, communication, writing and presentation
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Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Practice, applied knowledge, skills and understanding
Generic cognitive skills
Communication, ICT and Numeracy skills
Autonomy, Accountability and working with others
Course organiserProf David Price
Tel: (0131 6)50 3262
Course secretaryMs Lisa Kilcullen
Tel: (0131 6)51 4075
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