Please note: there may be some adjustments to the teaching arrangements published in the course catalogue for 2020-21. Given current circumstances related to the Covid-19 pandemic it is anticipated that some usual arrangements for teaching on campus will be modified to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students and staff on campus; further adjustments may also be necessary, or beneficial, during the course of the academic year as national requirements relating to management of the pandemic are revised.

Human Physiological & Metabolic Assessment MED5359

  • Academic Session: 2021-22
  • School: School of Cardiovascular and Metabolic
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Either Semester 1 or Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

This course is designed to enable students to understand the principles, assumptions, strengths and limitations of commonly used methods to assess aspects of human physiological and metabolic function (e.g. metabolic rate and substrate utilisation, glucose tolerance, vascular function, body composition) and for them to gain practical experience in performing these tests.

Timetable

Online seminars throughout the semester.  Lab-based practical sessions will be offered during a Residential Week at the University during the summer.

Requirements of Entry

none

Excluded Courses

MED5345

Assessment

80% written lab report (2500 words approx)

20% scientific poster

Course Aims

The course aims to:

■ Enable students to understand the principles, assumptions, strengths and limitations of commonly used tests of human physiological and metabolic function

■ Provide students with a hands on, practical experience of performing a range of skill tests and an appreciation of when particular tests are most appropriate

■ Provide students with experience of analysing, interpreting and critically evaluating experimental data

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ Critically evaluate, with reference to relevant literature, the principles, assumptions, strengths and limitations of commonly used tests of human physiological and metabolic function

■ Perform a range of tests to evaluate aspects of human physiological and metabolic function

■ Critically review and analyse the experimental data from these tests

■ Communicate their findings clearly and concisely in a written report

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.