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Postgraduate Course: HIV and Non Communicable Diseases (GMED11098)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Clinical Sciences CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Course typeStandard AvailabilityAvailable to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) Credits10
Home subject areaGeneral Courses (Medicine) Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThis course will provide students with an overview of the HIV pandemic and an understanding of its impact and ways in which responses to the HIV pandemic can contribute to new ways of thinking about Non communicable diseases. .
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs Students will be responsible for their computer equipment and internet access.
Information for Visiting Students
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?No
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2013/14 Block 1 (Sem 1), Available to all students (SV1) Learn enabled:  Yes Quota:  None
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Course Start Date 16/09/2013
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Online Activities 40, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 5, Formative Assessment Hours 10, Summative Assessment Hours 45, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 0 )
Additional Notes
Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
No Exam Information
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
At the end of this course students will gain
- an understanding of HIV, its epidemiology, and the consequences of the global burden of HIV/AIDS. Students will be knowledgeable about the process of transition of HIV from an acute to a chronic disease, and the implications of this process for other non communicable diseases
- an awareness of the factors of co-morbidity and the range of interactions between HIV and Non Communicable Disease (NCDs)
- knowledge about health systems and management and the ways in which infrastructures established for HIV care can be used for care of other non communicable diseases
- an understanding of the prevention and support approaches to HIV and their translation to non communicable disease systems of care
- understanding of advocacy approaches and shared lessons between different disease communities.
Assessment Information
Formal summative written assessment will constitute 60% of the student's grade. Online assessment will incorporate a variety of activities and will constitute 40% of the overall course grade and is taken to represent a formative assessment of learning throughout the programme.
Special Arrangements
This course will be taught by distance learning, using the virtual learning environment Learn 9/ WebCT as the delivery platform. Course materials are protected by secure username and password access that will be made available to registered users.
Additional Information
Academic description Not entered
Syllabus 1. Understanding HIV, its epidemiology , the global burden of HIV/AIDS, and its history and process of transition to a chronic disease
2. Co-morbidity and interactions between HIV and Non communicable Disease (NCDs)
3. Health systems and management $ ways in which the current HIV health infrastructure in low and middle income countries (LMIC) be utilised for NCDs
4. Prevention and Support approaches to HIV and their translation to Non communicable disease systems of care
5. Advocacy- and lessons for NCDs from the successes of advocacy HIV/AIDS
Transferable skills Skills and abilities in Personal and Intellectual Autonomy
& Awareness and understanding of global health concepts
& Ability to understand and interpret different information processes
& Training to undertake advanced independent research
& Time management, resource allocation and interpersonal skills

Skills and abilities in Communication
& Fluency and experience in analysis and in writing in different styles including budgets, essays, technical report, policy documents, briefings)
& Presentation and group work skills
& Ability to develop, deliver and contribute to complex arguments

Skills and abilities in Personal Effectiveness
& Organise time
& Ability to work alone or as part of a group
& Work to deadline and under pressure
& Professionally produce and edit written material
& Time management, resource allocation and interpersonal skills

Technical/practical skills
& Peer review skills
& Ability to evaluate complex thinking and writing
Reading list Not entered
Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern A 5 week distance learning course Students are expected to spend up to 20 hours per week carrying out readings and practical applications. Specific group and individual tasks will be set every week.
KeywordsHIV, Global Health, Non communicable diseases
Course organiserDr Ruth Mcquillan
Tel: (0131 6)50 9238
Course secretary
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