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Undergraduate Course: Student Selected Component 4a and 4b (MBCH10019)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh Medical School CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits25 ECTS Credits12.5
SummaryThe Student Selected Component (SSC) makes up a significant part of the teaching in year 4 and is an important component of the programme.

SSC4a - Each Year 4 student will carry out an SSC during a 14 week period, combined in the timetable with the Special Senses course. Students will be able to concentrate on a specific field of enquiry whilst enjoying responsibility for planning, implementing and evaluating project activities. It is anticipated that the experience will not only increase research skills, but also provide students with a way of thinking about their own strengths and weaknesses. It will also allow students to gain insight and in-depth knowledge into a specific area of medicine and is an opportunity to spend time in a Department of their choice.

SSC4b - All students attend an SSC4b introductory lecture at the beginning of Year 4 which outlines the principles of learning to teach and available teaching initiatives. They select one teaching ┐project┐ in which to be a PAL tutor +/- organiser, undertake the relevant training and preparation for that project, and then gain practical teaching experience.

Students will be asked to reflect on their teaching experience, with reference to the literature, by writing a short reflective report for submission to the MBChB Portfolio. These reports will be assessed using a structured mark sheet by the Course Organiser initially. It is hoped that after a year or two the assessment may be developed to involve students in anonymous peer assessment and feedback on the reports using a detailed and clear mark scheme, which would also help them develop required skills in peer assessment and feedback.

Each PAL ┐project┐ is overseen by relevant academic staff in each area, for-example the Clinical Skills Facilitators oversee the 'Skills PAL', the Endocrine MO oversees the 'Diabetes PAL', and CME Fellows oversee the Year 2 and Year 3 'OSCE PAL's'. They are responsible for ensuring the projects stay aligned with, and contribute to the achievement of, programme learning outcomes. All of the individual PAL projects, and SSC4b as a whole, is overseen by the Course Organiser (initially Michael Ross), who is also responsible for Quality Assurance and tutor-training in teaching.
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs 0
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2015/16, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Flexible
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 250 ( Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 5, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 245 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) SSC4a - A Project Report of not more than 3000 words in standard publication format.

SSC4b - Portfolio entry 100%. Pass-fail based on participation in PAL and satisfactory portfolio submission. As learning about teaching is specifically required by the GMC it will not be possible to compensate for non-submission through other assessments. Any students who do not participate in an approved teaching experience and submit a portfolio item will have to undertake remedial activities (library-based teaching experience) and a portfolio submission over the summer before successfully completing Year 4 and progressing to Year 5.
Feedback Not entered
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. SSC4a - Develop ability to work independently, whilst playing a part in a professional team. Initiate, plan, organise, perform, analyse, evaluate and then present a written report on own research project. Improve skills in accessing and critically appraising original literature in a specific area. Be able to collect, analyse and critically and objectively present these data in the context of current knowledge and literature. Set personal learning and project objectives and assess personal strengths and weaknesses. Gain a familiarity with the role of research and/or audit in evidence-based medicine.

    SSC4b - PPD L4LO "Function effectively as a mentor and teacher, including contributing to the appraisal, assessment and review of colleagues". More detailed L5LOs may be developed in due course.
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Course organiserDr Simon Riley
Tel: (0131) 242 6423
Course secretaryMiss Judith Bryce
Tel: (0131 6)50 3190
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