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Undergraduate School Of Medical Sciences 2014-2015

SM1001: INTRODUCTION TO MEDICAL SCIENCES

15 credits

Level 1

First Sub Session

  • topics covered in this course span medical science through the ages; from ancient civilizations to the modern day science of genomics and synthetic biology;
  • alongside lecture material, in depth practical classes will cover biomedical measurement techniques, forensic science and a research-based mini project;
  • also included in the course is a trip to the Institute of Medical Sciences where you will gain access to cutting-edge laboratories and equipment;
  • overall, this course is a journey through some of the key milestones that underpin the discipline of medical science we see today

SM1501: THE CELL

15 credits

Level 1

Second Sub Session

  • cells are the fundamental unit of life – without them life could not exist, and as such understanding how they function is crucial to our understanding of biology and medical science;
  • this course provides theoretical knowledge in a diverse range of topics covering the fascinating world of cells, from molecules like DNA, to how different cell types function within our bodies;
  • all practical classes are research based and will provide theoretical knowledge and skills training in many areas of molecular and cell biology;
  • employability skills will also be explored through a highly interactive session run by the Scottish Institute for Enterprise

SM2001: FOUNDATION SKILLS FOR MEDICAL SCIENCES

15 credits

Level 2

First Sub Session

  • this course is the cornerstone to all the advanced science courses in later years and provides you with key skills for success in science; 
  • feedback from employers drove the course design to give specific and focused science skills to enhance your employability;
  • analytical, professional, data interpretation, experimental design and problem solving skills are core elements that are essential for any graduate career portfolio;
  • this course and the additional specifically developed online resources have been commended by employers and students alike.


SM2501: RESEARCH SKILLS FOR MEDICAL SCIENCES

15 credits

Level 2

Second Sub Session

  • this course cultivates literature research skills, building confidence in team-working and communication through scientific writing and seminar presentation;
  • it encourages student-led learning and organisation in researching a topic on human health or disease of your own choice, with tutors providing guidance;
  • you will learn to use online and library resources to search for information from primary research articles and relay that information in the form of a written report and a Powerpoint presentation to peers and academic tutors;
  • these are all fundamental skills for scientific researchers, but are also transferrable talents for many other career pathways

SM3001: FRONTIERS OF MOLECULAR MEDICAL SCIENCES

30 credits

Level 3

First Sub Session

  • this course covers many of the core technologies that are essential for advanced research in Molecular Medical and related sciences;
  • you will gain cutting edge, in depth and focussed knowledge of core experimental approaches and technologies and their practical applications in a research-based context;
  • you will acquire core practical laboratory skills;
  • this course will prepare you for advanced study of molecular medical sciences;
  • wider transferrable skills such as analytical thinking, problem solving and advanced laboratory techniques are interwoven strands aimed at developing graduate attributes and employability

SM3002: FRONTIERS OF BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES

30 credits

Level 3

First Sub Session

  • this course covers many of the core concepts which form the foundations for advanced study in Biomedical and related sciences;
  • you will gain cutting edge, in-depth and focussed knowledge of cell function and cell signalling delivered in a research-driven environment in preparation for advanced study of similar material in the honours year; 
  • you will research a topic of choice and prepare a scientific review in a similar fashion to academic staff; 
  • problem solving exercises designed to illustrate the application of your knowledge in the wider world and advanced laboratory techniques are interwoven strands aimed at developing graduate attributes and employability

SM3003: FRONTIERS OF APPLIED MEDICAL SCIENCES

30 credits

Level 3

First Sub Session

  • this course covers many of the core concepts which are essential for advanced study in Applied Medical and related sciences; 
  • you will gain cutting edge, in depth and focussed knowledge of applied human physiology and adaptation delivered in a research-driven environment in addition to core practical skills; 
  • this will prepare you for advanced study of exercise physiology in the context of performance, health and disease; 
  • wider transferrable skills such as employment preparation, problem solving, and advanced laboratory techniques are interwoven strands aimed at developing graduate attributes and employability

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