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DRPS : Course Catalogue : Deanery of Molecular, Genetic and Population Health Sciences : Molecular and Clinical Medicine

Postgraduate Course: Precision Medicine Project Proposal (MCLM11086)

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 produce a detailed description and critique of literature relevant to the proposed research and a plan of the work they will carry out for their PhD project.
Course description One-to-one discussions with project supervisors and a review of the literature surrounding the PhD project will be fundamental to the outcome of the course. Students will prepare a report outlining the background and relevance of the question to Precision Medicine, the approach they will take to address the questions, including the methods and techniques they will use, justification for animal use, an assessment of the funding required, discussion of the ethical implications of their work and how it may impact on society. This report will be presented as a grant proposal.
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 Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 194 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) This course is assessed by a 3000-word project proposal describing a review of current literature on the project, the hypotheses and/or goals, project management, consideration of legal, social, ethical or professional issues particular to the project and a workplan including milestones and estimated timeline.

100% of assessment.
Feedback Students will be given verbal feedback during the construction and development of the proposal and written feedback on their reports after assessment.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Develop a structured project proposal
  2. Outline project/research management issues and potential legal, social, ethical or professional issues
  3. Demonstrate a critical understanding of Precision Medicine, including thorough knowledge of the literature and a comprehensive/critical understanding of scientific methods and techniques applicable to their own research.
  4. Critically evaluate current research and research techniques and methodologies, applying this understanding to tackle questions and problems from original perspectives.
Reading List
Project dependent
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills This course will enable each student to develop abilities in self-critical reflection and thinking, organisation and time-management, self-assessment, evaluation of standards and competencies achieved, application of prior learning and review, in a defined context, and provide opportunities to further develop discussion, analytical, writing and presentation skills.

- By taking a confident and reflective approach to their learning, students will take personal responsibility for pursuing their goals and opportunities to grow.
- 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 their highly-developed skills in research and enquiry to identify and creatively tackle problems, and to seek out opportunities for learning.
- Students will use skilled communication to enhance their understanding of a topic or context and to engage effectively with others.
KeywordsPrecision Medicine,project plan,literature review
Course organiserDr Susan Farrington
Tel: (0131) 332 2471
Course secretaryMiss Kate Hardman
Tel: (0131 6)51 7891
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