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DRPS : Course Catalogue : Deanery of Clinical Sciences : Stem Cells and Translational Neurology

Postgraduate Course: Uses of Stem Cells in Neurodegeneration (STEM11003)

Course Outline
SchoolDeanery of Clinical Sciences CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typeOnline Distance Learning AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThis core course aims to provide students with the potential uses of stem cells with respect to the scientific questions to be answered in specific neurodegenerative diseases. Students will learn from real-life examples such as the use of mesenchymal stem cell transplants into MS patients or iPSc derived neurones for Parkinson's Disease treatments.
Course description This course will cover potential uses of stem cells with respect to the scientific questions to be answered in specific neurodegenerative diseases.
Importantly students will learn about clinically relevant outcome measures and also some of the caveats that need to be considered when thinking about clinical trials
Students will be taught by lectures that will be made available online as the course progresses, introducing students to the new topics in order. Furthermore discussion boards and other online activities such as quizzes and puzzles will be used to keep students engaged and to reiterate the key learning outcomes for specific material. Therefore students would have a weekly block of material consisting of 1 hour of lectures (block material dependent) alongside ongoing discussion boards and reading students should be studying and researching independently and continuously.
Likely assessments utilised to monitor students progression will be:
a) Ongoing assessment of individual students interactions with discussion boards throughout the course
b) A written piece with students having a choice from topics covering stem cells, their uses and specific disease scenarios
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 MVM Online Learning Block 2
Course Start Date 08/01/2024
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 12, Online Activities 3, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 10, Formative Assessment Hours 3, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 70 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 100% coursework
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate a critical understanding of multiple uses of stem cells and how this is dependent on the scientific questions to be answered
  2. Evaluate and communicate the various techniques and scientific tools used
  3. Evaluate, criticise and appraise the literature around this topic
  4. Communicate and engage with the course┬┐s concepts and principles with others outwith their own field
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Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills 1. Via discussion boards (that are assessed) students will evaluate and improve their communication abilities
2. Critically review their own and others work via discussion boards and other assessments
3. Due to being an online course students must show autonomy, individual drive and determination to engage with the course content and develop their skills
KeywordsNeurodegeneration,stem cells,transplants,modelling,clinical trials
Course organiserDr David Hampton
Tel: (0131) 242 9421
Course secretaryMiss Ana-Maria Lungu
Tel: 0131 242 7355
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