Core Module Information
Module title: Research Methods in Biomedicine

SCQF level: 10:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: BMS10110
Module leader: Mick Rae
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: Life Sciences

Requisites: Pre-requisite: You will require level 9 equivalent knowledge of molecular biology, basic molecular biological techniques, level 8 physiology/pathophysiology, and level 8/9 scientific writing and researching skills.

Description of module content:

You will learn about the main methods employed in biomedical sciences laboratory research targeted towards investigating disease processes, unravelling underpinning mechanisms that result in a disease, and how understanding of such can then pave the way to novel therapeutic approach development. Three main approaches will be discussed: 1. in vivo modelling; 2. in vitro models and3. in silico molecular approaches. In each case you will consider the applicability of each paradigm, where complementarity exists, and how experimental studies are designed and executed, including pertinent downstream analytical investigations. By the end of this module you will have a deeper appreciation of how each of the above routes plays its own unique role in the modelling of disease. In each case, exemplars of published work that illustrates the utility of each approach will be provided, to engender confidence in and understanding of strengths and limitations of each.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to

LO1: Work with a detailed knowledge and understanding of strengths and limitations of a number of research paradigms.

LO2: Demonstrate a critical understanding of study design utilising one or more of the three routes of investigation under discussion.

LO3: Use published work to inform design of future experimental studies.

LO4: Understand how work from any of the three approaches discussed can be translated to human relevant outcomes.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2023/4, Trimester 1, FACE-TO-FACE, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: FACE-TO-FACE
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Mick Rae
Module Organiser:

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 20
Face To Face Tutorial 4
Independent Learning Guided independent study 176
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Report 100 1.2.3 & 4 12 , WORDS= 2500
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
BMS 10110 Research Methods in Biomedicine