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Postgraduate Course: Epidemiology, burden of illness and pathophysiology of headache disorders (PAMA11074)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Clinical Sciences CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Course typeOnline Distance Learning AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) Credits10
Home subject areaPain Management Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThe overall objective of the PG programme is to offer a high quality educational solution to the limited training seen in a primary care setting. The course aims to contribute to improved patient outcomes by providing postgraduate, clinically relevant education of international standard in the sciences, concepts, approaches and procedures that form the basis of the management of headache pain. This particular module will focus on the following:
epidemiology, measurement and the global impact of headache disorders.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs No
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2013/14 Flexible, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Learn enabled:  No Quota:  None
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Course Start Date 05/08/2013
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 98 )
Additional Notes
Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
No Exam Information
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
This course provides an introduction to headache disorders for students and will enable them to understand the following:
General concepts, major groups and subgroups; diagnostic entities and criteria; epidemiologic aspects and impact of migraine, tension-type headache, cluster headache, and the most important secondary headache disorders; environmental factors; genetic aspects of migraine and other headache disorders such as cluster headache and other secondary headache disorders; epidemiologic aspects, incidence, prevalence and impact of headaches in children and adolescents.
This module provides the fundamental background material to the subject. As such, this will be reflected in the assessment objectives. This module will also serve as an opportunity to develop the student┐s abilities in the areas of statistical analysis and literature evaluation.
Students will be directed through the virtual learning environment to original research literature. Online discussions will reinforce online material and formative assessments early on in the module and will ensure students are given all the background information required for progressing further through the module.
Assessment Information
Key principles that will underpin assessment activities are based upon current theory and practise. The principle of constructive alignment will underpin all assessments. This will ensure the assessment tasks are aligned with the specific course objectives, the content of the course and the teaching methods employed.
Online learning resources covering all the key background information will be provided for the student to work through at their own pace. Initial online learning sessions will include small formative assessments where the student will receive instant feedback on their contribution, enabling effective monitoring of progress. The student will begin to develop writing skills through formative assessments during online tutorial sessions.
The summative component consists of the following:
20% short answer questions;
20% online discussion
30% data analysis of a relevant journal article
30% critical essay
This will encourage critical analysis of the course material and subject, and will allow the application of knowledge gained during the module in order to contextualise the material learned.
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Course organiserDr Christopher Mckenzie
Tel: 0131 242 3134
Course secretaryMrs Nina Cryne
Tel: (0131) 242 6461
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