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DRPS : Course Catalogue : Deanery of Biomedical Sciences : Neuroscience (Biomedical Sciences)

Postgraduate Course: Review of Neuroscience (NEBM11018)

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 compulsory course for the MSc by Research in Integrative Neuroscience. Students learn about a breadth of neuroscience research fields focusing on current research and experimental approaches.
Course description In the first week, the students are introduced to key general research topics and skills, such as academic integrity, animal ethics and the 3Rs, how to consider research papers and what makes a good poster.

The remainder of the teaching consists of 'themed weeks' in which students will learn about different topics or disciplines that are the current focus of neuroscience research being undertaken at the University of Edinburgh, with a different topic covered each week. The themes covered may change from year to year, but examples of current topics include:
Neural development, Neurodegeneration and regeneration; Cellular and synaptic neurophysiology; Sensory and control systems, Motor disorders, Cognitive neurology; Neuroinformatics. In the themed weeks indicated above, students will be familiarized with the breadth of neuroscience research being undertaken at the University of Edinburgh, and will be taught the basic principles and and current approaches and findings in different disciplines within neuroscience research.

The course is assessed via two in-course assessments. ICA1 - a group poster presentation and ICA2, an individual news and views essay and a lay summary.

Students will be allocated to groups at the outset of the course and a list of papers related to topics in themed weeks, early in the programme, provided. To help prepare students for ICA1, there will be a session in which the task is introduced and an interactive discussion on what makes a good poster. Formative feedback will be provided on a draft poster for each group, in advance of the final assessed poster submission and presentation.

To help prepare students for ICA2, there will be one session to introduce the task and discuss the target audience, aims and structure of a scientific news and views essay and a lay summary, using examples. There will be a second session in which students will work in small groups to produce an outline of a news and views article and lay summary of a scientific paper related to themed weeks. In the second half of the workshop, the ideas generated by the different groups will be discussed by the whole class and brought together. This session will serve as formative feedback in advance of submission of the individual assessed news and views article and lay summary.
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 Blocks 1-3 (Sem 1-2)
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 80, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 8, Formative Assessment Hours 2, Summative Assessment Hours 4, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 102 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Feedback Formative feedback:
1. Oral feedback and discussion with peers and instructors on a draft version of the group poster (ICA1)
2. Oral feedback and discussion with peers and instructors on an outline news and views article and lay summary produced by the class in a workshop session (ICA2).

Summative feedback:
1. Written feedback on group poster and presentation (ICA1)
2. Written feedback on Lay Summary and News and Views essay (ICA2)
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Display knowledge, understanding and awareness of the current state of research across a broad range of neuroscience research topics
  2. Understand methods and techniques used in contemporary neuroscience research
  3. Develop and apply skills in critically reviewing neuroscience research across multiple fields.
  4. Communicate research findings and ideas effectively using a range of methods and to specialist, general and lay audiences.
Reading List
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills - Apply critical analysis, evaluation and synthesis to forefront issues, or issues that are informed by forefront developments in the subject/discipline/sector.
- Identify, conceptualise and define new and abstract problems and issues.
- Critically review, consolidate and extend knowledge, skills, practices and thinking in neuroscience.
- Communicate, using appropriate methods, to a range of audiences with different levels of knowledge/expertise.
- Undertake critical evaluations of a range of primary research data.
- Exercise substantial autonomy and initiative in professional and equivalent activities.
- Demonstrate leadership and/or initiative and make an identifiable contribution to change and development and/or new thinking.

Course organiserDr Emma Wood
Tel: (0131 6)50 3531
Course secretaryMiss Debbie Grahames
Tel: (0131 6)50 3160
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