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DRPS : Course Catalogue : Deanery of Biomedical Sciences : Emerging and Neglected Infectious Diseases

Postgraduate Course: Globalisation and health (EMND11009)

Course Outline
SchoolDeanery of Biomedical 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 promote an understanding of the impact of globalisation on the epidemiology of diseases, with particular attention paid to infectious diseases.
Course description Many argue that globalisation is one of the main drivers behind the spread of infectious diseases, and that globalisation has been detrimental to global health.

Over the five week duration of this course we will consider the concept of globalisation and the impact that this has had on our modern (and historic) world.

Content will include the consideration of global challenges related to globalisation, such as (but not limited to) the impact this had had on population movement, food security, disease surveillance.

It is important to highlight that this course presents an overview of globalisation and health at a time prior to the emergence of Covid-19; with high levels of population mobility, and complex supply networks.

Much has changed in recent times, and it could be argued that we will now see a reverse in globalisation with the disruption of long established supply chains resulting the need for more easily sourced (local) alternatives. The ongoing influence of Covid-19 can be seen as topic that is woven into all aspects of the content.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs Students will be required to have regular access to a networked computer, and will be responsible for providing their own computing equipment and consumables.
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2024/25, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Flexible
Course Start Date 05/08/2024
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 10, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 10, Online Activities 25, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 53 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Formal summative written assessment will constitute 60% of the student's grade. Online assessment will incorporate a variety of activities will constitute 40% of their overall course grade and is taken to represent a formative assessment of learning throughout the programme.
Feedback Summative assessment consists of a written element, worth 60% of the total mark, and an online element worth 40%. In both cases, comprehensive written feedback is provided individually with 15 working days of the assessment deadline. Students are expected to reflect on their feedback, to seek additional clarification if appropriate, and to use this to improve on future assignments of a similar nature.

Formative assessment consists of discussion around what is expected of each piece of assessed work for the course. This is conducted in an open discussion forum for all students to contribute to and provides an opportunity to clearly understand the key requirements for each assignment before submission.

Any student can post questions about the assignment and a response will be posted on the discussion board by the course tutor within 3 working days.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Describe, drawing from a critical understanding of the principal theories and concepts, a concept of globalisation and its influence on our modern world.
  2. Make informed judgements on issues relating to globalisation and health, and communication these issues with peers.
  3. Demonstrate originality and creativity when addressing issues relating to globalisation and health, making informed judgements in situations where descriptive data bay be incomplete, absent or inconsistent.
Reading List
Resources will be provided throughout the course, these should be viewed as starting point from which the student should then apply their own self-directed research.
Additional Information
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Graduate Attributes and Skills The course will provide opportunities for students to develop their skills in critical thinking and self-reflection, and in their ability to communicate effectively with others through the emphasis placed upon the discursive aspect of the course.

The written assessment provides the opportunity for creative problem solving, and the development of research and enquiry skill to identify and tacked problems relating to this subject area.

Students are encouraged to use their personal and intellectual autonomy to evaluate ideas, evidence and experience from an open minded and reasoned perspective.
Special Arrangements This course will be taught entirely by distance learning, using the virtual learning environment of Learn as the delivery platform. Course materials are protected by a secure username and password. These access details are made available to registered users only.

Additional Class Delivery Information This course will be delivered online through Learn.
KeywordsGlobal Health,Infectious Diseases,Globalisation
Course organiserDr Kim Picozzi
Tel: (0131 6)50 6257
Course secretaryMrs Dan Yan
Tel: (131 6)515470
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