Current trends and challenges in biomedical research and health BIOL5199

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: Infection Immunity and Inflammation
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

During this course students will select a current topical issue in biomedical research or health, and working in small groups, will critically research the topic, develop a plan to address the challenge, and present their research and conclusions as a poster.

Timetable

Three week full time course: Introductory lecture, group work and private study, one seminar to report on progress per week, 1-2 tutorials, final presentation session of posters

Requirements of Entry

None

Excluded Courses

Technology transfer and commercialisation of bioscience research

Co-requisites

None

Assessment

Assessment

Students are assessed individually with a reflective portfolio, summarising their participation and contribution to the group work, and an assessment of the skills developed during the course (30%).

Each group of students is assessed through a poster showing the results of their research, and their solutions to resolve, control or contain the current challenge, or explanatory hypotheses and plans for further research, as appropriate to the topic chosen. The poster will be aimed at a specific and appropriate target audience (e.g. stakeholders, public health officials, general public) (70%). A group mark will be awarded for the poster that is the same for all students in the group

Course Aims

The course aims to provide students with an opportunity to research a current topical issue or challenge of their choice in biomedical research or health. Students will select an area of recent global or national importance, and working in groups, will plan and perform research of the scientific background of the issue, analysing and synthesising the available information to draw conclusions, and/or develop possible solutions to the issue.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

i) select and critically investigate a current topical issue or challenge in biomedical research or health;

ii) critically analyse, evaluate and summarise the literature and other factual information on the current topical issue or challenge;

iii) develop and appraise solutions to resolve, control or contain the current challenge, or explanatory hypotheses and plans for further research, as appropriate to the topic chosen;

iv) summarise and present their conclusions in poster form in a style appropriate for a target audience of stakeholders, end-users or the general public;

v) work effectively in autonomous groups, and reflect critically on their role and performance within the group.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.