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

Postgraduate Course: Stem Cells and Industry (STEM11006)

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 Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis core course aims to provide students with an introduction to the role of industry and the interactions between academia and industry using stem cells as the key concept, with a focus on neurodegenerative diseases
Course description This core course will cover:
- Business innovation and enterprise
- Intellectual property rights
- Good Manufacturing Practice
- Clinical Trials
- The regulation of stem cells and cellular therapies
- The applications of stem cells in drug discovery and toxicology
Students will learn about business innovation and enterprise and the use of the Business Model Canvas to identify key elements in a new business proposition and how an idea may be taken to an industrial level, the complexities of standard operating procedures and humanising protocols and how Good Manufacturing Practice applies to therapies and products. The students will learn about the use of stem cells and stem cell products to discover and validate new drugs and assess potential side effects and toxicity.
Students will be taught by lectures that will be made available online as the course progresses, introducing students to the new topics in order. 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 1-2 hours 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 2024/25, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start MVM Online Learning Block 1
Course Start Date 16/09/2024
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 20, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 10, Formative Assessment Hours 5, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 161 )
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. Understand the purpose and use of the Business Model Canvas
  2. Understand the applications of stem cells and stem cell derived tissue in modelling disease processes and how this can be applied to drug discovery, development and toxicology
  3. Understand how industrial processes differ from academic research, in the areas of GMP, QA and scale
  4. Understand how legislation and regulatory bodies affect the production and delivery of stem cell
  5. 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 group assessment students will evaluate and improve their communication abilities as well as critically assessing their own and others work as well as their roles and responsibilities
2. Students will also learn to critically assess their own and others work as well as their roles and responsibilities within a group dynamic
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
KeywordsStem cells,industry,business model canvas,neurodegenerative diseases
Course organiserDr David Hampton
Tel: (0131) 242 9421
Course secretaryMiss Ana-Maria Lungu
Tel: 0131 242 7355
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