Undergraduate Course: Neuroscience Project (NEBM10005)
|School||Deanery of Biomedical Sciences
||College||College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||Students will spend the final block of the second semester on original research either in the library or, in a limited number of cases, in individual research laboratories. The results of the research will be formally presented to the whole class and teachers, and also written up as a Dissertation which is independently marked by at least two members of the Board of Examiners. Library project students have a relatively free choice of topic subject to approval by the Board of Examiners, but guidance on a choice of topic will be given to those who require it. The choice of laboratory-based projects will be limited and admission is competitive. Acceptance onto a laboratory-based project may depend on a student's academic record and on consideration of evidence of future plans for a career in laboratory-based science or medicine. However, both library-based and laboratory-based projects are considered of equal value: both provide ample opportunities for students to demonstrate their creative, critical and analytical skills.
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2020/21, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Dissertation/Project Supervision Hours 10,
Feedback/Feedforward Hours 1,
Summative Assessment Hours 1,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 8,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Whether you undertake a laboratory-based, non-lab-based or group Project/Dissertation, you can expect to receive regular guidance from your supervisor during the 12-week period allocated for this purpose in Semester 2. You can expect a minimum of 6 hours contact time (i.e. 30 mins/week on average, over 12 weeks) with your academic supervisor during this period; more if both you and your supervisor agree. Agreeing on a regular schedule of meetings with your supervisor is advisable.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Describe a question requiring original research through critical reading of current literature. Formulate one or more testable hypotheses or central arguments from the question.
- Identify appropriate methods and models to test the hypotheses or arguments.
- 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.
- Integrate your findings with those of others, and indicate the impact this has on the field and how future work may address outstanding questions.
- Communicate your findings and conclusions effectively through your dissertation, lay-summary, and any associated oral or poster presentations.
|Recommended reading will be supplied by the project supervisor on request.|
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Dr Karen Horsburgh
Tel: (0131 6)50 6940
|Course secretary||Ms Agnese Lapetrova
Tel: (0131 6)51 5997