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Undergraduate Course: Physiology Core (PYBM10030)

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
SummaryThe aims of the course are to illustrate broadly the essence of physiological science ¿the study of how genes & their products integrate into the function of cells, whole tissues and intact organisms¿ and will consider:
Physiological function: WHY does a physiological system exist?
Physiological mechanism: HOW does a physiological process work?
It will consider underpinning physiological concepts and approaches to study, interrogate & quantify physiology and include practice in analytical and data handling skills.

In particular, the Honours year offers you the opportunity to develop your own interests expects you to be self-motivated and take personal responsibility for pursuing goals. You will be supported to develop as an independent researcher who can reflect and think critically about a topic and present your ideas effectively as a skilled communicator.

The module will comprise:
- A series of ¿Physiology in Action¿ seminars
- Skills sessions with student exercises on oral presentations, writing of essays and press releases, statistical analysis, scientific paper analysis.
- A Grant Review Panel class activity, in which students will review and discuss mock grant applications
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs 0
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2021/22, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  10
Course Start Full Year
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 27, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 3, Formative Assessment Hours 4, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Revision Session Hours 3, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 157 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 75 %, Coursework 25 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 25% ICA
75% written exam
Feedback Feedback session will be held for assessments these include:
Feedback Session for essay
Feedback on Semester 1 exams
Feedback session on practice Synoptic exam
Feedback session on practice Paper Analysis Exam
Feedback Session for grant proposal
Feedback on project presentation
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)3:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Develop an understanding of physiological concepts and appreciation of the research approaches used to study, interrogate & quantify physiology. This will help you to understand research papers, and will aid in all parts of the programme.
  2. Develop critical and reflective research skills through learning how to interpret, analyse and evaluate scientific papers and the physiological data in them.
  3. Develop independent research and enquiry skills: including critical evaluation of physiological research to identify and generate testable hypotheses with relevant research approaches through the research dissertation and grant proposal.
  4. Develop diverse communication skills through presenting data effectively in written and oral presentations; communicating research in lay terms through, for example, the press release; demonstrating knowledge and critical evaluation of physiological research through, for example, the synoptic essay, research dissertation and grant proposal.
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Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Additional Class Delivery Information Wednesday
Course organiserDr Carole Torsney
Tel: (0131 6)51 9881
Course secretaryMr Stewart Smith
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