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Postgraduate Course: Artificial Organs (BIME11156)

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 provide students with an advanced understanding of the technological advancements that allow for the replication of human anatomy in the biomedical field. Students will learn the major options for replacing both structure and function in the human body to help treat disease or injury.
Course description This course will provide students with an excellent understanding of the use technology in replication of human anatomical form and function in organs and in body systems. A range of topics including advancements in areas such the artificial heart, lungs, liver, kidney and limbs will be covered.
Students will develop knowledge of artificial organs and their use in healthcare leading to thorough understanding of the technological replication of human anatomy.
Students will be encouraged to use online discussion boards to communicate, discuss and critically analyse different organ and body system replacements and to communicate their findings effectively.
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 10/04/2023
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 10, Online Activities 10, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 2, Formative Assessment Hours 1, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 73 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) In-course assessment: 100%
1x Paper Critique (40%)
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 on the paper analysis task will be provided and students will 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 detailed knowledge and understanding of the principal theories and concepts of technologies used to replicate human anatomy
  2. Use critical appraisal skills to interpret and assess the current scientific literature
  3. Identify the current issues with the field and apply critical understanding and judgement to further develop knowledge
Reading List
Current peer reviewed literature

Suggested textbooks
Biomedical Engineering: Bridging Medicine and Technology. Saltzman. Cambridge Texts
Tissue engineering for artificial organs: regenerative medicine, smart diagnostics and personalised medicine. Hasan. Wiley-VCH

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 artificial organs. 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.
Additional Class Delivery Information Online Lectures: 20 hours
Programme Learning and Teaching: 2 hours
Online activities: 10 hours
Formative Assessment: 1 hour
Feedback/ Feedforward: 2 hours
Directed Learning and Independent Learning: 65 hours
Course organiserDr Jennifer Paxton
Tel: (0131 6)51 5250
Course secretaryMiss Fiona Brodie
Tel: (0131 6)51 5997
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