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Postgraduate Course: Precision Medicine Introduction (MCLM11085)

Course Outline
SchoolDeanery of Molecular, Genetic and Population Health Sciences CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryIn this course, students will be introduced to Precision Medicine by receiving a wide range of lecture-based teaching and discussion fora covering - open research; research integrity and ethics; systematic reviews, health data science, implementation and worked examples of Precision Medicine in healthcare settings, and other themes from the Programme.
Course description Teaching in the form of lectures, discussion groups and workshops will give in-depth understanding of the intricacies of Precision Medicine and how responsible research around it can be performed. Lectures will have relevance to the principles and implementation of Precision Medicine, ethical implications of related research and how it may impact on society. How to perform Precision Medicine type research will also be discussed.

Teaching will be delivered in small student groups with considerable opportunities for discussion and exploration of the topics and issues raised.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Only available to students on the Precision Medicine Doctoral Training Programme
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Full Year
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 40, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 156 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 100% coursework«br /»
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This course is assessed by a 2000-word essay describing the contribution of Precision Medicine to understanding disease in a body system of the students' choice (75%) and an oral presentation on the legal, social, ethical or professional considerations of their own project (25%).«br /»
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Feedback Students will be given written feedback on their essay and oral presentations.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate a critical understanding of Precision Medicine and a comprehensive/critical understanding of robust scientific methods and techniques applicable to their own research
  2. Critically discuss research management issues and potential legal, social, ethical or professional issues
  3. Critically evaluate current research and research techniques and methodologies, applying this understanding to tackle questions and problems from original perspectives.
Reading List
Further reading for directed learning provided by session leaders
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills This course will enable the students to develop a wide range of Graduate Attributes and Skills that will contribute to their professional growth as successful researchers and experts in their field.

- Exposure to world-leading research and researchers in Precision Medicine, they will become innovative, confident and reflective lifelong learners.
- Students will use their personal and intellectual autonomy to critically evaluate ideas, evidence and experiences from an open-minded and reasoned perspective.
- Students will use skilled communication to enhance their understanding of a topic or context and to engage effectively with others.
KeywordsPrecision Medicine,ethics,research integrity,data health science,systematic reviews
Course organiserDr Susan Farrington
Tel: (0131) 332 2471
Course secretaryMiss Kate Hardman
Tel: (0131 6)51 7891
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