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Undergraduate Course: Physiology Project (PYBM10001)

Course Outline
SchoolDeanery of Biomedical Sciences CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits40 ECTS Credits20
SummaryAll students will carry out a Research Project in Semester 2. Projects will be supervised by members of academic staff in the University. Students will select their Dissertation topic either from the list of titles offered using the ¿Portal¿ system; or, if you wish to pursue a special topic that interests you for a library project, you yourself must identify and consult an appropriate member of the Edinburgh Physiology community who would be willing to supervise a Dissertation on that topic.
Projects will either be laboratory-based or library-based. Some library-based projects can be worked on by a group of up to 4 students.
Students will write a Dissertation on their project research, and will also present their findings in an assessed oral presentation. For group projects, a joint dissertation is written. Sessions on how to write a dissertation and on giving a talk will be given as part of the Physiology Core course.
Course description Not entered
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: 400 ( Dissertation/Project Supervision Hours 10, Formative Assessment Hours 2, Summative Assessment Hours 1, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 8, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 379 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 87.5% dissertation, 12.5% oral presentation of project
Feedback Feedback on project progress will be given at regular meetings with the project supervisor. Supervisors will also give feedback on a draft of the dissertation. Feedback on oral presentation skills will be given during the practice talk session in the Core Course.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Describe a question requiring original research through critical reading of current literature. Formulate one or more testable hypotheses or central arguments from the question.
  2. Identify appropriate methods and models to test the hypotheses or arguments.
  3. Obtain information to address the hypotheses or arguments using appropriate investigative techniques and research tools. Critically analyze the evidence obtained to refute or support the hypotheses or arguments.
  4. Integrate your findings with those of others, and indicate the impact this has on the field and how future work may address outstanding questions.
  5. Communicate your findings and conclusions effectively through your dissertation, lay-summary, and any associated oral or poster presentations.
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Course organiserProf Mike Ludwig
Tel: (0131 6)50 3275
Course secretaryMs Deborah Walker
Tel: (0131 6)51 1513
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