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Undergraduate Biomedical Sciences 2015-2016

BM2009: HUMAN ANATOMY A

15 credits

Level 2

First Sub Session

  • this course will teach you what we know about anatomy of different parts of human body and how it relates to development, various injuries and disorders; 
  • you'll get a chance to work with prosected human cadaveric specimens and medical images such as MRI scans; 
  • course will increase your practical skills, improve your problem-solving and image interpretation skills, and help you understand why fundamental anatomy and imaging are important to understanding human health & disease; 
  • this course will focus on the anatomy of the back, upper & lower limbs, thorax and abdomen;
  • learning is facilitated by videos and 3D anatomy resources on MyAberdeen

BM2509: HUMAN ANATOMY B

15 credits

Level 2

Second Sub Session

  • this will teach you about the anatomy of different systems of the human body and how it relates to growth, development, various injuries and disorders; 
  • you will get a chance to work with the prosected human cadaveric specimens, medical images such as CT and MRI scans; 
  • will increase your practical skills, improve your problem-solving and image interpretation skills, help you understand why fundamental anatomy and imaging are so important to understanding human health and disease; 
  • this will focus on the anatomy of pelvis, perineum, head, neck and brain;
  • facilitated by videos and 3D anatomy resources on MyAberdeen

BM3501: CARDIOVASCULAR PHYSIOLOGY AND PHARMACOLOGY

15 credits

Level 3

Second Sub Session

  • cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death worldwide. Using teaching informed by high-quality research this course provides a comprehensive understanding of cardiovascular physiology and pathophysiology; 
  • you will learn how the knowledge of physiological processes is directed into identifying drugs targets for disease, which will improve your understanding of drug discovery; 
  • insight into the molecular and cellular action of drugs in the cardiovascular system will prepare you for your final year research project; 
  • wider transferable skills include problem solving, data interpretation and training in the ethical and safety aspects of recruiting human subjects in research.  

BM3502: NEUROSCIENCE AND NEUROPHARMACOLOGY

15 credits

Level 3

Second Sub Session

  • during this course, you will start to appreciate why the diagnosis and treatment of various neurological and psychiatric disorders is both an art and a science; 
  • students will use real-life examples from case studies to help develop and demonstrate their knowledge and understanding; 
  • practical classes will enhance students understanding of why developing new neuropharmaceuticals is challenging and will improve their laboratory and analytical skills; 
  • this course will help students understand why multidisciplinary teams are essential in improving our understanding and treatment of neurological and psychological disorders; 
  • this course will improve your problem-solving, scientific writing, practical and data handling skills

BM3804: NEUROSCIENCE RESEARCH TOPICS

15 credits

Level 3

Second Sub Session

  • this course aims to outline structural and functional alterations occurring in neuronal tissue during development, in the adult and in disease states;
  • the course aims to identify and explain the mechanisms underlying these plastic events and to provide an understanding of their functional consequences by building on the expertise of neuroscience researchers;
  • you will gain cutting edge, in depth and focussed knowledge of the brain’s development, function and pathology of diseases affecting the brain;
  • wider transferrable skills such as writing skills, problem solving, and practical assessment of a neurodegenerative disease are interwoven strands aimed at developing graduate attributes and employability

BM4004: ADVANCED MOLECULES, MEMBRANES AND CELLS

30 credits

Level 4

First Sub Session

  • the core professional knowledge you need, to be able to contribute to research-level biomedical science, especially in fields of pharmacology and physiology;
  • active research scientists explain the latest developments in our understanding of brain function in health and disease, hormone and steroid signalling systems, epithelial biology and cellular homeostasis;
  • small group practical classes in working laboratories introduce core research and data analysis techniques;
  • research scientists present in depth material on core research techniques – transgenic animals, genome editing, biological imaging, patch clamp analysis and ‘omic’ technologies

BM4009: STAYING ALIVE - ADAPTATION IN PHYSIOLOGICAL SYSTEMS

15 credits

Level 4

First Sub Session

  • this course integrates knowledge of physiological systems within the context of physiological adaptation to the environment;
  • you will understand advanced physiological concepts which regulate every aspect of human survival and the life cycle;
  • our bodies also adapt to disease and you will examine the physiological changes which occur throughout several major clinical conditions including diabetes, osteoporosis and heart disease;
  • the ability to measure important physiological parameters will also be taught in interactive practical classes;
  • advanced problem solving in tutorials will provide you with the skills required to tackle complex physiological problems at a research level

BM4010: ADVANCED MOLECULES MEMBRANES AND CELLS (STEM CELLS AND REGENERATION)

30 credits

Level 4

First Sub Session

  • stem cells and regenerative biology are the future of medicine.  This course provides the core knowledge needed by research-level biomedical scientists, especially in fields of developmental biology, anatomy, and stem cell biology;
  • the University’s leading stem cell researchers provide a comprehensive overview of the current horizons of stem cell technology, from embryonic stem cells, through induced pluripotency (iPS cells) to the use and manipulation of adult stem cells;
  • gene therapy and human reproductive biology (including IVF) are taught to research level;
  • research scientists present in-depth material on core research techniques – transgenic animals, genome editing, biological imaging and ‘omic’ technologies

BM4301: THE SCIENCE OF AGEING - FROM CRADLE TO GRAVE

15 credits

Level 4

First Sub Session

  • this course integrates advanced physiological concepts across the continuum of life; 
  • fundamental biomedical scientists meet with advanced clinical practitioners to facilitate an enquiry and interest based learning experience; 
  • with an aging population and ever increasing number of children with complex health challenges, you will be prepared to progress along a range of careers threads and understand the dynamic interplay between individuals and their changing physiological, psychological, pharmacological and biochemical needs for lifelong health and wellbeing; 
  • state of the art practical classes deliver hands on science and clinical skills to develop professional preparation and knowledge based practice

BM4501: BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES HONOURS PROJECT

60 credits

Level 4

Second Sub Session

  • the project offers a wonderful opportunity to carry out cutting-edge literature or laboratory-based scientific research;
  • with around 150 projects to choose from, this is a fantastic opening to follow your interests working with academic staff and leading scientific researchers;
  • the project forms the zenith of your degree and fosters further development of the scientific skills and knowledge you have gained and heightens analytical and critical thinking abilities;
  • the opportunity to be part of novel, yet-to-be published research projects can be career-defining, and provides the ideal experience to prepare you for postgraduate study and other future careers.

BM4502: BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES (MOLECULAR BIOLOGY) HONOURS RESEARCH PROJECT

60 credits

Level 4

Second Sub Session

  • development of skills in time-management; 
  • development of expertise in experimental design and execution;
  • acquisition of   technical skills and the capacity to follow written instructions;
  • acquisition of skills in data analysis and interpretation; 
  • maintaining a laboratory notebook;
  • ability to write a concise thesis;
  • ability to present the major findings of the project to a general audience

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