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Undergraduate Course: Our Changing World (BIME08006)

Course Outline
SchoolDeanery of Biomedical Sciences CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis is a challenging interdisciplinary course, based on weekly seminars and a series of themed evening lectures presented by academics from across the University. The course aims to engage students in thinking about the challenges that confront society, and make them aware of the role of academic research and scholarship in meeting these challenges. Students will be expected to address key issues across discipline boundaries, and develop an understanding of the relevance and impact of their own subject in the broader context. Students will develop and test a range of academic skills on the course by attendance of the public lectures, researching the topics in depth, participation in weekly seminars, working in small groups to produce a collaborative project on a chosen topic, and producing an individual research report on an aspect which may be closer to their own subject area. This course may appeal to students who already have a strong foundation in all of the core subjects covered in first year and who consequently wish to engage with academic research in a broader interdisciplinary way.

PT's enrolling students after the quota has been filled should contact to be placed on a waiting list.
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs No additional costs
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2019/20, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  96
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 12, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 18, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 1, Formative Assessment Hours 2, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Revision Session Hours 1, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 160 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Assessment will be through individual assignments (45%), group assignments (45%) and peer assessment (10%).
Feedback Feedback will be provided for the draft versions of the individual report and group article as well as for each final assessment submitted. Feedback will also be provided for the peer assessment exercises.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. On completing this course, you should be able to: Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of a range of global challenges, across subject disciplines. Participate in group discussions.
  2. Demonstrate a broad awareness and understanding of the role of interdisciplinary research and scholarship in advancing knowledge.
  3. Find, assimilate and present data and information from varied sources, identify reliable key references, explain why they are important, and use and cite them accurately and appropriately.
  4. Use reflective and critical analysis in drawing conclusions from possibly incomplete or contradictory data, and synthesise key points/concepts in a neutral and clear way.
  5. Collaborate with others (sharing/explaining knowledge, exchanging resources and information, giving and accepting help and assistance, giving and accepting comments/feedback, discussing others' contributions, supporting/encouraging contributions) in producing a collaborative article on one of the topics related to the course's themes.
Learning Resources
Various learning resources will be provided in Learn and will relate to the lectures and assessments specific to this year's course.
Additional Information
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Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Special Arrangements The course will be strongly supported by Learn, through which discussions on the lecture content will be encouraged. Copies of the presentation materials, recommended readings, and links to the videoed talks will be provided here. Support for assessments will also be given. Preparation materials for the tutorials will also be provided.
Course organiserDr Tim Squires
Tel: (0131 6)50 3160
Course secretaryMiss Rachel Allan
Tel: (0131 6)51 1514
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