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DRPS : Course Catalogue : Deanery of Molecular, Genetic and Population Health Sciences : Molecular and Clinical Medicine

Postgraduate Course: Complex Interventions (Non-Drug) (MCLM11010)

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
SummaryComplex interventions in health care, whether therapeutic or preventative, comprise a number of separate elements which seem essential to the proper functioning of the intervention although the "active ingredient'' of the intervention that is effective is difficult to specify. If we were to consider a randomised controlled trial of a drug vs. a placebo as being at the simplest end of the spectrum, then we might see a comparison of a stroke unit to traditional care as being at the most complex end of the spectrum. The greater the difficulty in defining precisely what, exactly, the ┐active ingredients┐ of an intervention are and how they relate to each other, the greater the likelihood that you are dealing with a complex intervention. This module is designed to introduce candidates to the design, delivery and interpretation of trials of complex interventions. Use will be made of real-life scenarios and critical evaluation of the literature.
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2015/16, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 5, Online Activities 100, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 40, Formative Assessment Hours 12, Summative Assessment Hours 10, Revision Session Hours 8, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 0 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Online participation: 25%
Individual project: 25%
Reflective portfolio: 30%
Case scenarios: 20%
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Define complex intervention trial
  2. Critically analyse a published complex intervention trial and decide on its merit
  3. Design a complex intervention trial based on a specific clinical scenario
  4. Assess the practical challenges of complex intervention trial design and develop solutions to overcome these
Reading List
None
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsClinical trials, interacting components, non-pharmacological, behavioural, non-drug
Contacts
Course organiserMiss Michelle Evans
Tel: 0131 537 3326
Email: michelle.evans@ed.ac.uk
Course secretaryMrs Danielle Marlow
Tel: 0131 537 3798
Email: Danielle.Wilson@ed.ac.uk
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