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Postgraduate Course: Neurodevelopmental Disorders (NEBM11014)

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 Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis is an elective course for the MSc by Research in Integrative Neuroscience. Students learn about key features of Neurodevelopmental Disorders and current research.
Course description Changes to how the brain develops during early life lead to a variety of neurodiverse outcomes, such as autism, intellectual disability, and attentional problems. These neurodevelopmental disorders may be associated with features such as epilepsy, sensory hyper- and hypo-sensitivity, and altered social interaction and/or cognition. Many neurodevelopmental disorders have a genetic basis, which allows a direct path to understand behaviour and potential therapy of these deleterious features. This elective course showcases research being undertaken at the University of Edinburgh which hopes to give an insight how changes to genes leads to altered synaptic, cellular, circuit, and behavioural function in neurodevelopmental disorders.

Course delivery
Seminars will be delivered by the course team which includes researchers in the field of neurodevelopment who are using cutting edge techniques to understand neurodevelopmental disorders and potential therapies. The seminar sessions will consist of 1-2 weekly seminars from researchers in the field.

These seminars will be complemented by oral presentations from the students, to be based on published literature related to topics presented in the previous seminar sessions. Paper presentations will be delivered as either small groups (2-3 students/group) or individually (for assessed presentations).

The course team and peers will provide formative feedback on group and individual presentations in advance of the final summative assessments.

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 Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 54, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 2, Formative Assessment Hours 2, Summative Assessment Hours 1, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 137 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Feedback Formative feedback on group and individual presentations during the course.

Summative feedback on oral presentations of research papers.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of Neurodevelopmental Disorders.
  2. Demonstrate awareness of the current state of research.
  3. Develop and apply analytical skills to interpret research data accurately and critically.
  4. Demonstrate ability to communicate information effectively in a wide range of contexts.
Reading List
Recommended reading or other learning resources will be discussed with the Supervisor/Elective Organiser at the time of establishing the project.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Students will develop a critical understanding of the principal theories and concepts in their chosen elective field of interest. They will learn to apply critical analysis, evaluation and synthesis to forefront issues in their elective field of interest. They will learn to critically evaluate numerical and graphical data. Students will learn to communicate with peers, more senior colleagues and specialists.
Special Arrangements Course is restricted to MSc Integrative Neuroscience students only
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserDr Sam Booker
Course secretaryMiss Debbie Grahames
Tel: (0131 6)50 3160
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