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

Postgraduate Course: Non-Classical Neurodegenerative Diseases, Models and Stem Cells (STEM11004)

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 course aims to expand students thinking and introduce them to diseases and models that they may not have traditionally thought of as neurodegenerative utilising 2 examples: multiple sclerosis and stroke. The impact on patients and their carers will be utilised alongside clinical and scientific scenarios to aid students learning.
Course description This core course will cover diseases that students may not have traditionally thought of as neurodegenerative utilising 2 examples: multiple sclerosis and stroke.
Importantly students will focus on the novel neurodegenerative aspects of these diseases using patients and carers as examples.
Furthermore students will learn about models (in vitro and in vivo) that can be utilised to mirror aspects of these diseases. The use of stem cells and different aspects of modelling, drug screening or treatments will be discussed
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.
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 3
Course Start Date 08/04/2024
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. Organise, illustrate and compare multiple neurodegenerative diseases and various models with respect to the scientific and clinical settings
  2. Critically compare the various models, cells and literature with an ability to appraise and evaluate their strengths and weaknesses
  3. Assess the roles of different scientific equipment and methodology required for disease modelling and stem cell generation
  4. Understand and compare the impact/consequences of these diseases and pain on patients and in the clinical setting
  5. Appraise their own knowledge generated throughout this course and formulate their findings in a cohesive manner
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Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills 1. Via group work (that is both tutor and peer assessed) students will evaluate and improve their communication abilities
2. Critically review their own and others work via the 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
4. Critically review and demonstrate their expanding knowledge using actual, imperfect raw scientific data (final 50% assessment)
KeywordsStroke,Multiple Sclerosis,Neurodegeneration,in vivo,in vitro,stem cells
Course organiserDr David Hampton
Tel: (0131) 242 9421
Course secretaryMiss Ana-Maria Lungu
Tel: 0131 242 7355
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