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Undergraduate Course: Reproductive Toxicology (BIME10075)

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 course will explore the effects of both naturally occurring and manmade chemicals on reproductive and developmental toxicology.
Course description This course will explore the potential for toxic effects of xenobiotic agents or chemical substances on the development and reproductive capacity of individuals. The agents examined will include both environmentally occurring and manmade chemicals, such as endocrine disrupting compounds, pharmaceutical compounds and recreational drugs. The course will explore the evidence for and against their effects on the fertility of adults, children and future progeny.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites It is RECOMMENDED that students have passed Reproductive Biology 3 (BIME09006) OR Physiology 3 (BIME09004) OR Pharmacology 3 (BIME09003)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements OR have passed MBChB Y1 and Y2
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2022/23, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  24
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 18, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 6, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 4, Formative Assessment Hours 3, Summative Assessment Hours 3, Revision Session Hours 3, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 159 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 100% ICA
Essay: 60% of course mark
Oral presentation: 40% of course mark
Feedback Students will be given a chance to practice their oral presentations, and receive verbal feedback on this.

Students will also be given the opportunity to carry out a formative assessment for their essay (mock manuscript), again, receiving verbal feedback on this work.

Finally, tutorial classes will be structured to allow students to ask questions, and gain feedback on the data interpretation skills that they will develop throughout the course.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Gain an understanding of the development and physiology of male and female reproductive systems
  2. Demonstrate a broad understanding of the underlying mechanisms of action of selected reproductive toxicants within reproductive physiology.
  3. Develop analytic abilities and critical thinking skills by critically reviewing and explaining scientific
  4. Effectively communicate concepts in the discipline area of reproductive toxicology research verbally.
Reading List
Recommended further reading will be advised by the Course Organisers and contributors throughout the course.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills This course will allow students to develop transferrable skills in the following areas:
Interpretation of scientific data
Critical review and consolidation of knowledge
Oral & written communication of a complex field
Discussion and critical appraisal of the work of others
KeywordsReproductive biology,reproductive toxicology,developmental toxicology
Course organiserDr Agnes Stefansdottir
Tel: (0131 6)50 2924
Course secretaryMiss Jinyi Wang
Tel: (0131 6)50 3160
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