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Postgraduate Course: Embryology (BIME11105)

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
SummaryEmbryology will cover the basic elements of human development and organogenesis.
Course description The principal aim of this course will be to introduce many aspects of human development covering the events associated with ovulation of the egg, through fertilization, and pre- and post-implantation to embryonic and fetal development of all of the body systems.

Gametogenesis, development from fertilisation to blastocyst stage, implantation, placental development and embryogenesis will be covered in this course.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Flexible
Course Start Date 20/05/2024
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 15, Online Activities 10, Formative Assessment Hours 1, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 70 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) This course is assessed by an item of in-course assessment and a online test utilising multiple choice, extending matching question techniques with text and visual components and short essay answer questions. Details of in-course assessment will be provided within the course.
Feedback In addition to the formal summative assessment required to pass this course, formative self-assessment utilising MCQ/EMQ formats will also be provided.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Gain a basic knowledge of normal human development.
  2. Relate the embryology to the organisation of the body as observed in the Human Anatomy courses.
  3. Appreciate how normal development can go wrong and how this manifests itself in commonly observed congenital abnormalities.
Learning Resources
Resources will be released in a progressive manner on a weekly basis. Published resources e.g. text and journal access will be possible through the University electronic environment. The reading list for this course is available through the university library website.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Skills in the use of discussion boards for respectful, sensitive, supportive and professional communication.
Ability to carry out tasks in an independent and sustainable manner.
A general level of IT skill regarding usage of the online learning environment.
Skills in research and enquiry.
Special Arrangements This course will be taught entirely by online learning, using the virtual learning environment of Learn as the delivery platform. Course materials are protected by a secure username and password. These access details are made available to registered users only.
Course organiserMs Alethea Kelsey
Tel: (0131 6)50 2924
Course secretaryMiss Fiona Brodie
Tel: (0131 6)51 5997
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