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Postgraduate Course: Infection, Inflammation and Immunity 1 (BIME11167)

Course Outline
SchoolDeanery of Biomedical Sciences CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits80 ECTS Credits40
SummaryThis research subject area for the MSc by Research Biomedical Sciences (Life Sciences) covers study of infectious and inflammatory diseases and the role of the immune system in their pathology and control. Infectious and Inflammatory Diseases remain a major threat to global health and students will select a 20 week practical laboratory placement to investigate disease pathogenesis and control and complete a 10,000 word research project report. This will be underpinned by a specialised taught element providing core skills and training required for biomedical sciences research.
Course description This course is an elective research subject for the MSc by Research Biomedical Sciences (Life Sciences) programme that investigates the epidemiology of infectious and inflammatory diseases, the cellular and molecular events that lead to disease and the role of the immune system. The course includes a 20 week placement undertaking a research project that will investigate biochemical, pathological, genetic, and epidemiological aspects of infectious and inflammatory diseases and function of the immune system in both laboratory- and bioinformatics-based studies.

The laboratory placement will provide a sound introduction to the most up to date information on these subject areas and to current and advanced approaches for investigating infectious and inflammatory diseases and immunology, for example, using a combination of genetic models and bioinformatic analyses to understand the mechanisms underlying immune cell function.
The course includes a mandatory taught element to provide both essential research skills and training for biomedical science and specialised content related to immunology, infections and inflammatory disease. There will be 3 contact hours per week to include key training activities such as courses in experimental design and data analysis, use of bioinformatics, programming, modelling, sessions on science communication, presentation skills and project planning and research subject specific content.
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 Blocks 1-3 (Sem 1-2)
Course Start Date 19/09/2022
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 800 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 36, Dissertation/Project Supervision Hours 19, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 5, Formative Assessment Hours 10, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 16, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 714 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Coursework 100%
One 20-week project write up maximum 10,000 words
Feedback Feedback will be provided to students throughout the programme, by staff involved in the core taught element, peer group activities and by individual supervisors overseeing the research projects. Formative assessments will ensure core skill development and maximise student-supervisor interaction in project development and analysis, as well as peer and supervisor feedback. In addition each research project includes formative assessments that will be independently marked and will include formal feedback.

Two anonymous markers provide feedback on the summative research project assessment.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Ability to devise an independent research project
  2. Develop detailed knowledge and understanding of a specific subject area of interest
  3. Acquire a range of core experimental research, and generic/transferrable skills.
  4. Acquire skills in ICT, numeracy, data presentation and statistical analysis of experimental results
  5. Develop written and oral presentation skills and demonstrate ability to communicate science to a range of audiences
Reading List
Resources will be made available within LEARN
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Project planning and time management
Independent learning
Critical evaluation and analysis
Communication, numeracy and IT skills
Accountability and working with others
Laboratory and analytical research skills
Course organiserDr Rodger Duffin
Tel: 0131 242 6556
Course secretaryMiss Fiona Brodie
Tel: (0131 6)51 5997
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