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Postgraduate Course: Neuroimaging: Applications in disease (NEME11005)

Course Outline
SchoolDeanery of Clinical Sciences CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryIt is important that the student, who may have no knowledge of brain disorders, gains an understanding of how common neurological or neuropsychiatric disorders affect the brain and how imaging techniques might be used in research to better understand those disorders and the effects of treatment. The aim of this course is therefore to give the student a broad overview of how neuroimaging techniques have helped advance the understanding of these disorders and their treatment to date. This will include amongst other disorders, stroke, schizophrenia, depression, brain tumours, the effects of normal ageing and dementia
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Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Course Start Date 18/09/2023
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 20, Online Activities 20, Formative Assessment Hours 2, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Revision Session Hours 20, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 36 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 50 %, Coursework 50 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Assessment will consist of continuous, in-course assessments and a final assessment. In-course assessment will be composed of a mixture of multiple choice-type questions, short essays, practical tasks, contributions to discussions and group learning activities - and will be delivered in time with individual modules making up the course. Final assessment will normally include a combination of multiple choice-type questions and short essays and it will take place at the end of the course period.

A number of bespoke technologies and the University's online assessment tool QuestionMark Perception will be used to deliver the more interactive and visually driven elements of assessment.

The principle of constructive alignment will underpin all assessments. This will ensure the assessment tasks are aligned with the specific course objectives.
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of common disorders (such as ageing and cognition, dementia, stroke, depression, MND, schizophrenia) and the use of imaging techniques in related research and clinical practice.
  2. Debate how imaging techniques can be both well applied & poorly applied to the investigation of common disorders & how this influences our understanding of common disorders.
  3. Discuss how application of imaging techniques to the investigation of common disorders can be optimized.
  4. Demonstrate competence in using bibliographic databases to conduct complex search strategies (systematic literature review) & communicate findings to peers.
  5. Critically appraise published research work & critically evaluate the work of peers & be able to provide constructive feedback.
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Special Arrangements All courses will be delivered taught by distance learning. Registered students are provided with a user name and password that allows them to access a protected course web site. The website houses a number of interactive tutorials that allow students to work with information in a self-paced manner to test their understanding of important concepts and principles. Online delivery will be supported through online discussions with peers and tutors. The website provides a variety of educational material and supports a range of approaches by the students to the material provided.

Study guides with lecture notes are available, either to be read on screen or printed by the students for private use. Selected readings from relevant journals and textbooks are also provided.
Additional Class Delivery Information Course will be delivered by distance learning. Students will be expected to spend 15-20 hour a week studying, including accessing online materials and tests and participating in online discussions.
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Course organiserProf Andrew Farrall
Tel: (0131) 537 3910
Course secretaryDr Charilaos Alexakis
Tel: 0131 537 3125
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