Postgraduate Course: Neuroimaging: Techniques and Physics (NEME11004)
|School||Deanery of Clinical Sciences
||College||College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||This core course aims to make sure that the student understands the basic principals used to generate computed tomographic and magnetic resonance images, including basic structural images, perfusion and diffusion images, functional MRI, spectroscopy, radioisotope molecular imaging and electrophysiological approaches. This will give the student a better appreciation and understanding of the range of techniques available, along with their limitations and drawbacks.
The course covers imaging physics and related techniques starting from basics and progressing to specific modalities (including: CT, MR, MRS, diffusion, permeability, perfusion, fMRI, SPECT, PET, Contrast agents). The in-course assessment activities significantly contribute to the assimilation and consolidation of the taught content.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2022/23, Available to all students (SV1)
|Course Start Date
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 40,
Online Activities 40,
Formative Assessment Hours 4,
Summative Assessment Hours 4,
Revision Session Hours 40,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Assessment will consist of continuous, in-course assessments and a final assessment. In-course assessment will be composed of a mixture of multiple choice-type questions, short essays, practical tasks, contributions to discussions and group learning activities - and will be delivered in time with individual modules making up the course. Final assessment will normally include a combination of multiple choice-type questions and short essays and it will take place at the end of the course period.
A number of bespoke technologies and the University's online assessment tool QuestionMark Perception will be used to deliver the more interactive and visually driven elements of assessment.
The principle of constructive alignment will underpin all assessments. This will ensure the assessment tasks are aligned with the specific course objectives.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of imaging physics and related techniques starting from basics and progressing to specific modalities (including: CT, MR, MRS, diffusion, permeability, perfusion, fMRI, SPECT, PET, Contrast agents)
- Critically compare and contrast imaging modalities and effectively communicate their relative merits and pitfalls to peers and other interested parties.
- Debate the relative strengths & weaknesses of imaging techniques applied to specific situations.
- Receive & respond to critical appraisal professionally.
|Reading lists will be provided via the relevant institutional platform.|
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||All courses will be delivered taught by distance learning, using the institutional VLE as the delivery platform. Registered students are provided with a user name and password that allows them to access a protected course web site. The website houses a number of interactive tutorials that allow students to work with information in a self-paced manner to test their understanding of important concepts and principles. Online delivery will be supported through online discussions with peers and tutors. The website provides a variety of educational material and supports a range of approaches by the students to the material provided.
Study guides with lecture notes are available, either to be read on screen or printed by the students for private use. Selected readings from relevant journals and textbooks are also provided.
|Additional Class Delivery Information
||Course will be delivered by distance learning, using the institutional VLE as the delivery platform. Students will be expected to spend 15-20 hour a week studying, including accessing online materials and tests and participating in online discussions.
|Course organiser||Prof Andrew Farrall
Tel: (0131) 537 3910
|Course secretary||Dr Charilaos Alexakis
Tel: 0131 537 3125