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Course Overview

  • 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.
  • Overall, this course is a journey through some of the key milestones that underpin the discipline of medical science we see today.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 1
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Professor Gordon McEwan
  • Dr John Barrow

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Either Programme Level 1 or Programme Level 2

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

  • 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?


One or more of these courses have a limited number of places. Priority access will be given to students for whom this course is compulsory. Please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions for more details on this process.

Course Description

This course will introduce core disciplines associated with the School of Medical Sciences. Through exploration of basic human body function in health and disease, the course will engage students with the fundamental concepts of anatomy, physiology and neuroscience. This will lay the foundation for understanding the general principles of pharmacology, developmental biology and the biomolecular sciences. Discipline specific skills and techniques will be utilised to enhance understanding and to develop broader medical science skills and methods.

Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed

  • BSc Exercise and Health Science
  • BSc Sports Studies (Exercise and Health)
  • Bsc In Immunology And Pharmacology (Biobusiness)
  • Bsc In Sports Studies (Exercise & Health & Biobusiness)
  • Certificate in Pre-Medical Studies
  • MSci in Exercise and Health Science with Ind'l Plac
  • MSci in Sports Studies (Exercise and Health) with Ind'l Plac
  • Msci In Sports Studies (Exercise & Health & Bio Bus) With Ip

Contact Teaching Time

66 hours

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

Teaching Breakdown

  • 3 Lectures during University weeks 7 - 16
  • 1 Lecture during University week17
  • 1 Practical during University weeks 8, 10, 12, 14, 16

More Information about Week Numbers

Summative Assessments

1st Attempt: Change marking of 3 lab reports to online tests. Students will complete a paper copy of the lab manual as normal, but students would keep the lab manual and use it to answer questions in a MyAberdeen online assessment. This assessment would be automatically graded with feedback without the need for paper copies of the lab manuals needing to be collated, distributed to markers, collected from markers, grades manually entered into MyAberdeen grade centre, and finally scripts being collected by students.

Resit: 1 two-hour MCQ exam (70%) and previous continuous assessment (30%).

Formative Assessment

PRS-based MCQ in lectures/practicals Problem-solving sessions


  • Practical reports will be marked with written comments.
  • Students given general feedback on performance during PRS sessions.
  • General feedback following problem-solving sessions.

Course Learning Outcomes


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