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Postgraduate Course: Imaging (BIME11110)

Course Outline
SchoolDeanery of Biomedical Sciences CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typeOnline Distance Learning AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThis course will introduce students to the different modes of visualising the human body at the gross level including plain film X-ray, ultrasound, CT and MRI imaging. It will also describe methods of enhancing images such as angiography, barium enemas, barium swallows, PET scanning etc. Students will then be expected to use this knowledge to interpret the anatomy of the body through medical images.
Course description This course will provide students with an excellent understanding of the use of medical imaging techniques to study the anatomy of the human body.
Students will develop knowledge of different imaging modalities, the advantages and disadvantages of each and their overall use in diagnostics. Although a clinical diagnostic approach is not the overall aim of the course, there will be additional emphasis on the comparison of normal and abnormal anatomy and the opportunity to critically discuss anatomical variations in the living body.
Students will be encouraged to use online discussion boards to communicate, discuss and critically analyse the use of different imaging modalities and their suitability for different body systems/regions.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2022/23, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Flexible
Course Start Date 22/05/2023
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 20, Online Activities 10, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 2, Formative Assessment Hours 1, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 65 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) In-course assessment: 100%

2x Clinical Imaging Case Files (20%; 300 word limit each)
1x End of Course assessment (60%)
Feedback As the assessment for this course is 100% coursework, students will be provided with details of their assessment in week 1 of the course. Therefore, students will have the opportunity for formative feedback through the use of the discussion board from tutors on their ideas and questions on their learning resource plans, but may also ask for feedback from their peers via the discussion board. Full feedback will be provided and students will also receive full feedback from their end of course exam after marking of all tests is completed.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate a critical understanding, at a basic level, the principles behind the production and use of each imaging modality
  2. Critically assess and differentiate between different types of image and give examples of where each technique would be best used to identify anatomical features
  3. Apply the learned knowledge, skills and understanding to interpret and identify anatomical structures in medical images
  4. Use a range of skills to investigate, critically analyse and evaluate both normal and abnormal anatomy
  5. Use a wide range of ICT software and imaging applications (eg. Radiopeadia) to support their learning and extend their knowledge and skills.
Reading List
Suggested textbook;
Imaging Atlas of Human Anatomy. Weir & Abrahams Elsevier.

A list of required and recommended reading is to be confirmed and will be provided, including journal papers highlighting the advances, issues and uses within the field of body imaging. These will be accessible to students through the Course Resource List on Learn.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Students will become independent in their approach to knowledge acquisition and their own development throughout the course.

Students will also be expected to critically analyse current scientific developments and put these into real-life scenarios.

A high level of IT proficiency will be developed and encouraged through interactive tasks and assessments.

Communication skills will be enhanced through tasks that cover communication research findings to a variety of audiences and through varied means.

Personal effectiveness skills in time management will also be gained.
Course organiserMr Ross Jones
Course secretaryMiss Fiona Brodie
Tel: (0131 6)51 5997
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