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Postgraduate Course: Neuroimaging research for graduate neuroscientists (NEME11040)

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
SummaryNeuroimaging techniques basics, modality overviews, practicalities and safety, as well as applications in neurological diseases, primarily with a research focus.
Course description Modules cover but are not limited to the techniques and physics of radiation based, and magnetic resonance based imaging acquisition, plus how these basic physics principles translate into modern neuroimaging modalities (radiography / X-ray, single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT), positron emission tomography (PET), computed tomography (CT), and magnetic resonance (MR)). Key practical and safety considerations will be covered. Students will then learn how these imaging techniques are applied in research into common neurological diseases. The didactic component of the course will consist of online lectures, required readings from the University library, and MCQs to re-enforce learning objectives, supported by online discussion boards. Activities, which will run in parallel to the didactic components and be matched to the learning objectives, will include individual work, peer review, as well as group and tutor engagement, with a view to exploring taught concepts in greater detail.
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 1
Course Start Date 17/09/2018
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 10, Online Activities 40, Formative Assessment Hours 4, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 44 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 50 %, Practical Exam 50 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Coursework 50 %, Practical Exam 50 %
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. describe principles behind radiation and magnetic resonance based image acquisition; and critically evaluate the relative merits and drawbacks of the various imaging modalities.
  2. discuss and debate applications of neuroimaging techniques to research in neurosciences
  3. state practical and safety considerations, important when engaging with neuroimaging in research and demonstrate the ability to deduce such considerations to novel or previously unseen imaging scenarios
  4. discuss and debate advantages and limitations of neuroimaging technology as applied to neuroscience research
Reading List
A list of required and recommended readings will be provided through the institutional online learning environment.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills 1. Skills and abilities in Research and Enquiry: students will be equipped to obtain, assess, analyse and evaluate imaging with a view to investigating diseases; students will become more adept and competent at diagnosis, using well designed, methodologically sound and practical imaging techniques.
2. Skills & abilities in Personal & Intellectual Autonomy: the online eLearning delivery format means students have to be self-motivated and self-directed in order to complete the coursework successfully. They will be directed to compulsory readings in the literature which will act as a springboard for further readings. Activities will be designed so that students have to work independently, before discussing and presenting their work to peers and tutors.
3. Skills and abilities in Communication: the success of online distance learning depends on interaction with peers and tutors. Activities will all have group components where students communicate with each other and learn to work together to achieve various goals. Discussion boards associated with each Module also will allow students to post questions as well as to answer questions of their peers. Students will develop good practice in communication and collaboration using modern online communication tools, including but not restricted to asynchronous discussion forums, wikis and other web 2.0 tools.
4. Skills and abilities in Personal Effectiveness: the nature of the online distance learning environment means that students have to develop effective time management skills, as well as self-discipline with regards to regular study. They also need to juggle time-limited interactions with peers and tutors on which they are assessed.
KeywordsCT,SPECT,PET,MRI,Stroke,Dementia,White Matter,Alzheimer's
Course organiserProf Andrew Farrall
Tel: (0131) 537 3910
Course secretaryDr Charilaos Alexakis
Tel: 0131 537 3125
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