Undergraduate Course: Our Changing World (BIME08006)
|School||Deanery of Biomedical Sciences
||College||College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This 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 OCW@ed.ac.uk to be placed on a waiting list.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
|Additional Costs|| No additional costs
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2019/20, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
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
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Assessment will be through individual assignments (45%), group assignments (45%) and peer assessment (10%).
||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
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- 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.
- Demonstrate a broad awareness and understanding of the role of interdisciplinary research and scholarship in advancing knowledge.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
|Various learning resources will be provided in Learn and will relate to the lectures and assessments specific to this year's course.|
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||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 organiser||Dr Tim Squires
Tel: (0131 6)50 3160
|Course secretary||Miss Rachel Allan
Tel: (0131 6)51 1514