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Undergraduate Course: Physiology Core (PYBM10030)

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 Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe aims of the course are to illustrate broadly the essence of physiological science and will include an illustration of molecular techniques and other clinical and laboratory techniques to address physiological questions, and practice in analytical and data handling skills.

The module will comprise 4 main strands of teaching interwoven throughout the 16 weeks
- A series of key lectures on Physiological Highlights
- A series of related seminars on Experimental Physiology
- Skills sessions with student exercises on essay writing, statistical analysis, scientific paper analysis.
- A Grant Review Panel class activity, in which students will review and discuss mock grant applications

The course is largely seminar-based, but also involves class exercises. Students are expected to participate in seminar discussions throughout the core course and to supplement the course content with outside reading. The Grant Review exercise involves student-led small group and class discussions, some of which is expected to be arranged by the students outwith class time.

Assessment is in the form of exam an ICA. In a Paper Analysis exam in Semester 2 students will be given a research paper to analyse, thereby assessing the analytical skills taught in the course. As ICA, students will write a short Publication Press Release on a research article. The core course also imparts skills and information that will be useful for other parts of the Physiology Honours Programme.
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs 0
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: 200 ( Lecture Hours 27, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 3, Formative Assessment Hours 4, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Revision Session Hours 3, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 157 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 75 %, Coursework 25 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 25% ICA
75% written exam
Feedback Feedback session will be held for assessments these include:
Feedback Session for essay
Feedback on Semester 1 exams
Feedback session on practice Synoptic exam
Feedback session on practice Paper Analysis Exam
Feedback Session for grant proposal
Feedback on project presentation
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)3:00
Learning Outcomes
Key Skills will be reinforced in the course, including: 1. How to interpret and analyse scientific papers and the physiological data in them. 2. How to statistically analyse and present data effectively in written and oral presentations. This is considered essential preparation for your Physiology Honours Paper Analysis exam. This exam will test your analytical skills by giving you a current scientific paper in which the students will have to, for example, handle data, interpret experiments and develop experimental plan. During Semester 2, an opportunity is given to practice using a past paper, and feedback will be given. In addition, there will be an ICA component summarising a current research topic in physiology.
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Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Additional Class Delivery Information Wednesday
Course organiserProf Mike Ludwig
Tel: (0131 6)50 3275
Course secretaryMs Deborah Walker
Tel: (0131 6)51 1513
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