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Postgraduate Course: Evidence based medicine (GMED11100)

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) Credits20
Home subject areaGeneral Courses (Medicine) Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThis course will provide students with an introduction to the concept of evidence based practice exploring ways in which the best available external clinical evidence from systematic research can be integrated into individual clinical decision making and practice
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 2 (Sem 1), Available to all students (SV1) Learn enabled:  Yes Quota:  None
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Course Start Date 21/10/2013
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Online Activities 20, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 5, Formative Assessment Hours 30, Summative Assessment Hours 50, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 95 )
Additional Notes
Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
1. The overall aim of the course is to enable students to understand the concepts of evidence based medicine and the process of application of theory into practice. The student should:
Be familiar with how to use research information to reduce uncertainties and inform decision making

2. quantify and communicate uncertainties with probabilities and
relate clinical decision making to clinical outcomes

3. understand how to ask and answer clinical questions and be able to effectively search for, and organise evidence
be confident in continuous updating of knowledge and practice

4. be able to discriminate between strong and weak evidence, with skills to appraise and evaluate different forms of evidence
Assessment Information
Formal summative written assessment will constitute 60% of the student's grade. This will include a group exercise, and a case study analysis. 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 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 The importance and the nature of evidence
Asking and answering clinical questions and understanding and quantifying uncertainties in practice with probabilities
Developing tools for searching, and organising,
Developing processes for managing and applying evidence into practice
Continuous critically appraisal of decision making
Transferable skills Skills and abilities in Personal and Intellectual Autonomy
Understanding of the concepts of evidence and of research methodologies
Ability to critically analyse and interpret documents
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 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 10 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.
Keywordsevidence based medicine, epidemiology, critical appraisal
Course organiserDr Joanne Morling
Tel: (0131 6)50 3244
Course secretary
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