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AN3503: BIOLOGICAL IMAGING (2017-2018)

Last modified: 25 May 2018 11:16

Course Overview

  • Biomedical imaging is a key method in clinical and research settings and has developed tremendously over the past decade; This course teaches principles of microscopical, PET, MRI, ultrasound and CT imaging, and explains how and when these techniques are used; 
  • Practical sessions will deepen your understanding and shadowing a researcher in their lab will provide invaluable insights into the use of imaging methods in scientific research;
  • Elements of the course develop graduate attributes, such as writing for different audiences, including in a journalistic style, presentation skills and group work; 
  • The course is taught jointly by clinicians, basic scientists and technologists.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr Derek Scott

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Either Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • One of AN3008 Tissue Organisations (Studied) or AN3009 Architecture of Life (Studied) or BM2009 Human Anatomy A (Passed) or BM2509 Human Anatomy B (Passed)
  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?


Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

  • Historical overview of biological imaging techniques
  • Light and electron microscopy including specialist, preparative techniques
  • Confocal miscroscopy
  • Image analysis
  • Radiological techniques including ultrasound, MRI, CT and associated specialist preparative techniques
  • PET
  • The application of imaging techniques in cell and organ culture

Further Information & Notes

Restricted to BScBMS Anatomy students.

Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed

  • BSc Biomedical Sciences (Anatomy)
  • Bsc In Biomedical Sciences (Anatomy & Biobusiness)
  • MSci in Biomedical Science (Anatomy) with Indust'l Placement
  • Msci In Biomedical Sciences (Anatomy & Bio Bus) With Ip

Contact Teaching Time

62 hours

This is the total time spent in lectures, tutorials and other class teaching.

Teaching Breakdown


1st Attempt: 1 one and a half hour essay examination (70%) and in-course assessment (30%). Continuous assessment comprises: 2 laboratory reports, 1 problem solving and oral presentation exercise.

Resit: 1 one and a half hour essay examination (70%) and previous continuous assessment (30%).

Formative Assessment

- Practice exam questions on MyAberdeen.


- Practical reports will be marked with written comments. - Tutorial sessions will provide feedback on course content. - Written comments will be provided on laboratory reports.

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