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Undergraduate Course: Medical Sciences Academic Portfolio (MSBM10020)

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
SummaryStudents will be required to demonstrate their development as Medical Scientists through the preparation of a reflective academic portfolio. The portfolio will be developed over the whole of the final year and submitted at the end of semester 2. It will be based on a subject area that the student has addressed in an earlier year. The portfolio will provide re-evaluation and reflection of the original subject area through independent investigative research and expansion of the theme using skills obtained and developed over all years of the Medical Sciences programme.
Course description Over the course of your studies you have acquired detailed knowledge in many areas of the Medical Sciences. In addition, you should have acquired or further developed a number of skills that allow you to research new information, critically analyse it and interpret it.
An important component of this analytical process is reflection - The ability to re-evaluate in light of new information.
The Academic Portfolio is an opportunity to revisit a theme addressed at an earlier stage of your studies and re-evaluate it in the context of three areas:
¿ New knowledge;
¿ New skills;
¿ Critical analysis and interpretation.
Reflection might be phrased as ¿what do I know now that I didn¿t know then?¿ and ¿what can I do now (or do better) that I couldn¿t do then?¿ Answers to these questions in the context of your portfolio theme should allow you to take the theme to a higher intellectual level, in a new direction and hopefully both. As such the portfolio can involve,
¿ updating the specific subject area chosen
¿ taking the opportunity to develop it in new directions not within the remit of the original piece of work.
The development of reflective and re-evaluative skills is at the core of the Medical Sciences Programme and essential to the overall intellectual development of a modern day Medical Scientist.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites Students MUST also take: Medical Sciences 4 (MSBM10011) AND Medical Sciences Project (MSBM10013)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2021/22, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  48
Course Start Full Year
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 2, Summative Assessment Hours 1, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 193 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Academic Portfolio - 70%
Reflective Interview - 30%
Feedback Feedback will be given on the portfolio and the interview after the interview has taken place.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate your ability to work independently and gain in-depth knowledge in an area of medical science.
  2. Re-evaluate and reflect upon a subject area in medical science, in light of new information.
  3. Reflect upon and convey the development of a broad range of professional and personal skills, including critical judgement, computer literacy, and time management, that will suit you for employment in a wide range of professions.
  4. Demonstrate some originality and creativity in dealing with professional issues
  5. Communicate effectively regarding what informed your choices about content and direction of the portfolio.
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Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
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Course organiserDr Ruth Deighton
Tel: (0131 6)51 5479
Course secretaryMs Lisa Ketchion
Tel: (0131 6)51 1629
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