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Undergraduate International Foundation Programme - Science 2015-2016

SF1001: INTRODUCTORY PSYCHOLOGY I: CONCEPTS AND THEORY (FOUNDATION)

15 credits

Level 1

First Sub Session

SF1001 introduces you to major concepts and theories in psychology to provide you with a strong understanding of human mind and behaviour. You will attend lectures on evolution & emotion, perception, and developmental psychology and participate in workshops where you work in a team and debate topics related to the material covered in your lectures such as “should teenagers be held responsible for the crimes they commit?”. Studying psychology is beneficial to a range of careers such as management, finance and counselling, to name but a few. Psychology regularly tops employers’ lists of producing the most employable graduates.

SF1002: INTRODUCTORY PSYCHOLOGY I: METHODS AND APPLICATIONS (FOUNDATION)

15 credits

Level 1

First Sub Session

SF1002 is a perfect combination of subject-specific knowledge and transferable skills. In weekly lectures and hands-on practicals, you will learn how various research methods are applied across a range of Psychology sub-fields. In addition, you will learn how to read scientific articles and begin to critique them. You will also be encouraged to develop skills such as giving presentations and writing literature reviews. Apart from acquiring these skills, the course will give you insight into the ‘human factor’ that all sciences necessarily have in common, and as such it will be a valuable addition to any degree.

SF1003: INTRODUCTION TO MEDICAL SCIENCES (FOUNDATION)

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

SF1004: ORGANISMAL BIOLOGY (FOUNDATION)

15 credits

Level 1

First Sub Session

Eleven themes are explored in engaging lectures, exploring the mechanisms of life processes and introducing you to the science that underpins current understanding of biology.

Structured practical sessions and class activities help you to develop your study and laboratory skills, and provide you with a strong foundation for a successful transition into university study.

Regular assignments, a mix of online tests, practical reports and reading assignments, structure your activities and help you progress through the course material.

Weekly guest lectures about current research helps you to see how basic biological concepts are being applied

SF1501: INTRODUCTORY PSYCHOLOGY II: CONCEPTS AND THEORY (FOUNDATION)

15 credits

Level 1

Second Sub Session

SF1501 introduces you to major concepts and theories in psychology to provide you with a strong understanding of human mind and behaviour. You will attend lectures on evolution & emotion, perception, and developmental psychology and participate in workshops where you work in a team and debate topics related to the material covered in your lectures such as “should teenagers be held responsible for the crimes they commit?”. Studying psychology is beneficial to a range of careers such as management, finance and counselling, to name but a few. Psychology regularly tops employers’ lists of producing the most employable graduates.

SF1502: INTRODUCTORY PSYCHOLOGY II: METHODS AND APPLICATIONS (FOUNDATION)

15 credits

Level 1

Second Sub Session

SF1502 builds on PS1011. You will learn more about research methods in Psychology through lectures, practicals, and taking part in experiment-demonstrations.  You will also learn how to set up and conduct a Psychology experiment yourself. Part of the lectures will focus on statistics, to equip you with the skills to analyze and interpret your own data, culminating in a written research report, in which your critical thinking skills will be encouraged. You will also learn about the role of ethics in research. This course will enable you to spot the difference between ‘pop-science’ and genuine science.

SF1503: THE CELL (FOUNDATION)

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

SF1504: ECOLOGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE (FOUNDATION)

15 credits

Level 1

Second Sub Session

This course will take you on a journey through the physical workings of the Earth, the interactions between species and their environments and then on to the effects humans are having on the planet and thoughts on the future.

Teaching by staff with different subject specialisms who give both variety and immediacy to course material.

Exposure to the problems we are facing both now and in the future which means that students can make informed choices in their everyday lives.

A range of ‘wet’ and computer-based practicals enhance the classroom teaching and develop generic scientific skills.

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