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Postgraduate Course: Imaging: Practicalities and safety (NEME11019)

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
SummaryAll imaging techniques have advantages and disadvantages and all are potentially hazardous to the operator or individual being scanned unless operated correctly. In some cases, there are strict rules and regulations to be followed and operators have to have professional qualifications, but in others the rules are less strict. Students from a non-clinical background may not be aware of these important points.
Course description The aims of this core course are to make sure that the student is thoroughly familiar with: the potential hazards, contraindications and safe operating practices for each type of imaging in both clinical and research environments, issues around clinical and research legislation including data protection, the principles of ethics for imaging research and good clinical practice, regulation of imaging environments and health & safety concerns (technique specific, as well as subject and operator focused issues).
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2024/25, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Course Start Date 13/01/2025
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.
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No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Summarise safety considerations for various imaging modalities and apply these in your own context
  2. Identify good clinical practice, ethical and data protection issues relevant to imaging studies
  3. Justify selection of imaging techniques for a given disease process and communicate the output to interested parties.
  4. Apply knowledge acquired from the didactic course component to preparing scientific / academic writing (make this number 4 actually)
  5. Critically appraise & provide feedback in a professional manner on work produced by peers.
Reading List
A list of required and recommended readings will be provided through the institutional online learning environment
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Special Arrangements All courses are delivered online by distance learning, using the institutional learning environment and other online tools (e.g. wiki, objective testing software), accessed by using the standard university EASE login.
KeywordsImaging,Imaging sciences,Light microscopy,Preclinical imaging,Clinical imaging,Radiology
Course organiserProf Andrew Farrall
Tel: (0131) 537 3910
Course secretaryDr Charilaos Alexakis
Tel: 0131 537 3125
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