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Undergraduate Course: Medical Sciences 1. (MSBM08002)

Course Outline
SchoolDeanery of Biomedical Sciences CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
Summary**This course is only open to students on the BSC Medical Sciences programme**
Medical Sciences 1 is the year 1 programme-specific course for students on the BSc (Hons) Medical Sciences programme and helps to provide the unique identity of this degree. This course aims to stimulate students' interest in a number of the disciplines that comprise the Medical Sciences and increase knowledge in the areas of biochemistry, microbiology, immunology, neuroscience, pharmacology, physiology and medical ethics. Through a series of lectures and tutorials this course aims to increase understanding of the importance of medical research and the four areas of prevention, diagnosis, treatment and education as well as engender the development of intellectual skills and Graduate Attributes, including independent study, research and the practice of self-directed reflective learning, in preparation for more advanced courses taught in subsequent years of the degree programme.
Course description This course is an introduction to the different disciplines that make up the Medical Sciences. The course is structured around lectures on anaesthesia, infectious diseases and ataxia.Project themes related to hot topic issues in the Medical Sciences completes the course. These themes aim to illustrate the contribution of different disciplines to advances in the understanding and application of healthcare-related science. The course incorporates an historical perspective, basic scientific principles (biochemistry, neuroscience, pharmacology, microbiology, immunology, physiology), therapeutic developments, clinical applications, and consideration of the social and ethical issues surrounding the development and use of anaesthetic agents and other medical practices including immunisation and disease control programmes.

Medical Sciences 1 is delivered through three lectures and 1 tutorial per week. Students are expected to attend all sessions.
Tutorials are designed to
- Promote skill development
- Help understanding of lecture material
- Facilitate formative feedback
- Promote identity of a learning community
- Encourage autonomous group learning
- Consider career exploration

In particular this course will provide students with the opportunity to enhance skills in researching, evaluating and summarising appropriate information pertaining to a defined topic and presenting the outcomes of this research through three forms of academic communication, a poster, an essay and an oral presentation.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Students must be enrolled on B.Sc. Medical Sciences degree programme
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2021/22, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  0
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 26, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 13, External Visit Hours 21, Online Activities 1, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 4, Summative Assessment Hours 4, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 127 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) ICA - 50%
Ongoing Assessments - 50%
Feedback Students will be given formative feedback on a draft group poster submission. Detailed feedback will be given on all summative in-course assessment; essay and reflective essay feedback will be delivered through GradeMark, group feedback on the poster submission and presentation will also be given.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Be able to discuss how medical research informs clinical interventions and have an increased understanding of the importance of the four areas of prevention, diagnosis, treatment and education.
  2. Have improved their ability to carry out a literature search and critically assess material pertaining to a research topic.
  3. Have improved their written and oral communication skills and be able to work efficiently in a group.
  4. Be able to critically discuss the implications of social, political and ethical issues shaping health outcomes, and lay understandings of health and illness in local and global contexts.
  5. Have enhanced their ability to reflect on their learning for improvement in future studies.
Reading List
There is no recommended text book for this course. Some staff may recommend or provide individual readings, if appropriate, to supplement taught material.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Be able to research and evaluate information to develop knowledge and understanding.

Be able to summarise and present the results of research via different forms of academic communication.
Be able to reflect on your learning, both individually, and within a group, in order to maintain good practice and improve in future studies.

Be a self-directed learner who takes responsibility for your own individual learning.

Be open to receive and use feedback effectively as well as to provide constructive comments to fellow learners.

Be able to work as an effective group member, learning and sharing ideas in order to produce a successful outcome.

Be scientifically curious and maintain interest in the degree discipline.

Be an active member of the learning community.

Course organiserDr Mandy Jackson
Tel: (0131 6)50 7518
Course secretaryMr Colin Arthur
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