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Undergraduate Course: Our Changing World (BIME08006)

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
SummaryThis is a challenging interdisciplinary course, based on weekly seminars on the theme of our changing world. The course aims to engage students in thinking about the challenges that now confront our society and make them aware of the role of academic research and scholarship in meeting these challenges. Students will be expected to address key issues across discipline boundaries and develop an understanding of the relevance and impact of their own subject in the broader context. Students will develop and test a range of academic skills on the course by engaging with course materials, researching the topics in depth, participation in weekly seminars and working in small groups to produce a collaborative short film on a chosen topic. The individual written work requires the submission of short weekly "blog" style responses to the seminar topic. There are seven seminars and three of these will be focused on topics chosen by students - it really is your course because it is your changing world! This course will appeal to students who already have a strong foundation in all of the core subjects covered in first year and who consequently wish to engage with academic research in a broader interdisciplinary way.
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs No additional costs
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2022/23, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  88
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 12, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 18, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 1, Formative Assessment Hours 2, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Revision Session Hours 1, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 160 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Students will be required to submit at least 5 of 7 short written essays relating to the weekly seminar themes.

A final reflective Written Essay

Group Project.

Feedback Feedback will be provided for the individual reports and group article.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Formulate and communicate evidence-based opinions, critical thinking and reflective reasoning relating to the challenges confronting our changing world.
  2. Develop an awareness of the interdisciplinary evidence sources and literature relevant to global challenges and be able to use these in written and presented work.
  3. Engage with and participate in discussion and debate about global issues identified in lectures and seminars, applying knowledge and understanding of a specialist academic subject area.
  4. Work on a collaborative project with course colleagues and produce an interdisciplinary and evidence-informed output.
Learning Resources
Various learning resources will be provided in Learn and will relate to the lectures and assessments specific to this year's course.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Special Arrangements The course will be strongly supported by Learn, through which discussions on the lecture content will be encouraged. Copies of the presentation materials, recommended readings, and links to the videoed talks will be provided here. Support for assessments will also be given. Preparation materials for the tutorials will also be provided.
Course organiserDr Tim Squires
Tel: (0131 6)50 3160
Course secretaryMiss Rachel Allan
Tel: (0131 6)51 1514
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