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Undergraduate Course: Medical Biology 1 (BIME08004)

Course Outline
SchoolDeanery of Biomedical Sciences CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe aims of this course are to demonstrate, through lectures and facilitated group discussions, the scientific basis of modern medicine; and the role of basic biological sciences in advancing medical knowledge. The course is suitable for first-year Biology students, as well as students with an interest in human biology and medicine from other Schools and Colleges.
Course description This course aims to provide an introduction to the scientific basis of modern medicine and the role of biological sciences in the understanding and treatment of disease. This will be delivered through a series of lectures, facilitated group discussions, a practical class and assessed written reports.
This course will provide an insight into various disciplines which may be studied in BSc Honours Biomedical Sciences degree programmes i.e. give a taster of more advanced material covered in honours courses. It will provide a basic understanding of practical material relevant to biological sciences and enable you to develop personal skills in interpreting basic scientific research and communicating scientific ideas and information in a clear, accurate and well organised manner. Specifically this course will provide:
1. Knowledge of the biological basis of a number of global health issues and diseases of current interest.
2. The ability to develop skills in assimilating information related to particular research topics and to prepare balanced, concise written accounts based on understanding and critical evaluation of evidence obtained from reading scientific publications and from participation in group discussions.

3 Development of practical skills in measuring biological variables in a laboratory, recording, collating and analyzing the data statistically and graphically, and preparing concise summaries of the results. Reviewing, interpreting, integrating and discussing the findings in relation to published evidence, and presenting a referenced report as a project dissertation.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs Photocopying, notebook and marker pen.
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2022/23, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 30, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 3, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 2, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 1, Formative Assessment Hours 1, Summative Assessment Hours 3, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 156 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 50 %, Coursework 50 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) ICA: Write-up of practical project (25%);
concise write-up of Facilitated Group Discussion topic, expressing an argued viewpoint (25%).
Feedback Feedback will be available throughout the course:
Feedback will be provided on the in course facilitated group discussion report 1, which provides formative assessment, and also on the facilitated group discussion report 2 and the practical project report which comprise the main component of the in course assessment.
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)9:00
Resit Exam Diet (August)9:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate knowledge and a critical understanding of key aspects of basic biology as applied to certain global diseases, at a level appropriate for a first year undergraduate course. This will primarily be assessed by the exam, but will also be required for each element of ICA.
  2. Demonstrate an ability to understand, critically appraise, integrate and interpret information from multiple sources and then communicate this in a clear and well-organised scientific manner in written reports. This will be assessed by the facilitated group discussion reports.
  3. Demonstrate an ability to understand, critically analyse and interpret experimental measurements relevant to medical biology and communicate this in the practical project report. This will be assessed by the project report.
Reading List
Reading material for the facilitated group discussions and practical class will be available on the Learn website.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Additional Class Delivery Information Facilitated Group Discussion: Tues 10-11am, Tues 11-12pm, Wed 1-2pm, Wed 3-4pm, Fri 4-5pm.
Practical: students attend two 1 hour practical sessions usually Week6 or 7 and in Week 8 or 9.

Course organiserDr Celine Caquineau
Tel: (0131 6)51 4065
Course secretaryMr Stewart Smith
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