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Postgraduate Course: Patient and Public Involvement (MCLM11004)

Course Outline
SchoolDeanery of Molecular, Genetic and Population Health Sciences CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typeOnline Distance Learning AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThis 10-credit elective will introduce the course participant to the principles and practice of involving patients and the public in research. Patient and public involvement is when members of the public are actively involved in research studies, working with researchers on the development, conduct, dissemination and governance of clinical research. Patient and public involvement does not mean recruiting patients as participants in research studies.
Course description Patient and public involvement is firmly established in health research policy in the United kingdom and many (but not all) countries internationally. Including patient and public perspectives in the research team, it is claimed, improves the quality of research and ensures research is relevant to people who use health services. Public engagement is a related area, which incorporates communicating with the public about research: what researchers do, why they do it, what it contributes to society. Effective involvement and engagement of patients and members of the public in research requires researchers to reflect n their own values and practice, including their views of 'expertise'. This course will enable participants to analyse and debate the value of patient and public involvement in research and develop their skills in implementing it in their own practice.

Patient and public involvement in research is a developing field. The course may challenge some of your understandings of what constitutes an expert, how you interact with patients and your ways of working. Keeping a reflective diary which incorporates your learning and perceptions is essential and will be of great assistance to you in completing the assignments for this course.
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 Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 3, Online Activities 50, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 20, Formative Assessment Hours 6, Summative Assessment Hours 5, Revision Session Hours 4, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 10 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Assessment is undertaken throughout this course with each element structured to provide opportunities for feedback at key points. Assessment is designed to be integral to the learning process and triangulates between learning outcomes, learning content and graduate attributes.

Reflective diary: 15%
Group/pair project: 25%
Individual project 1: 30%
Individual project 2: 30%
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Critically appraise the theory and key principles of patient and public involvement
  2. Critically assess their own practice/place of work in relation to the level of patient and public involvement in research
  3. Evaluate the barriers to effective patient involvement and strategies and techniques to overcome such barriers
  4. Design a patient and public involvement strategy for a clinical trial
  5. Demonstrate the skills to explain the role of patient involvement in a clinical trial to a lay person
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Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Within the work to be undertaken, this course will provide students with the opportunity to develop or further develop the key graduate attributes:
- In-depth knowledge of specialist discipline
- Develop new understanding by exercising critical judgement and challenging knowledge
- Be a self-directed and curious learner
- Solve problems effectively taking ethical, professional and environmental issues into account
- Use information responsibly in a range of contexts
- Engage in reflective practice and self-development
- Collaborate with others, capitalising on their different thinking, experience and skills
- Communicate (written, oral, online) effectively, respectful of social and cultural diversity
- Application of numeracy
- Application of IT
Keywordsclinical trials,patients,public,participation
Course organiserMiss Michelle Evans
Tel: 0131 537 3326
Course secretaryMrs Danielle Marlow
Tel: 0131 537 3798
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