Postgraduate Course: Neuroanatomy and Neurophysiology and its Relevance to Pain Management (PAMA11055)
|School||Deanery of Clinical Sciences
||College||College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
|Course type||Online Distance Learning
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||The biopsychosocial model of pain has come to dominate our teaching of pain medicine. This has only been possible in the last few years by an integration of the influence of concepts of pain with a clearer understanding and acknowledgment of the anatomical and physiological derivations. Without this firm background, any further advancement in pain medicine is unlikely. Compared with the significant psychological bias on the manifestation of organic pain syndromes, anatomy and physiology are seen as more concrete and well defined aspects. They still remain essential components on which the contemporary perceptions of pain medicine can be structured, despite the realisation that, in this area too, changes in our scientific awareness are frequently being made.
This course will aim for the student to assimilate an advanced knowledge of neuroanatomy and neurophysiology and its relevance to pain management. Much of this will be in the form of the development of a historical timeline in which changes and advances can be understood as forming part of the present perception of pain.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
|Additional Costs|| No
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||The minimum entry requirement is a UK 2:1 undergraduate degree, or its international equivalent in a relevant discipline. Relevant disciplines include: medicine; nursing; dentistry; psychology; occupational therapy; physiotherapy; pharmacology; osteopathy; other allied health care profession involved in the management of pain.
Applications from those with non-university professional qualifications such as RGN with appropriate clinical experience will be considered on an individual basis.
Where applicable, you will also be required to meet any language requirements in accordance with the University's regulations.
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2016/17, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Course Start Date
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 5,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 5,
Feedback/Feedforward Hours 1,
Formative Assessment Hours 1,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Key principles that will underpin assessment activities are evidence-based practice and the application of theory to clinical practice.
Assignment One - Online Case Study Discussion Activity 10%
Assignment Two - Written Critical Essay 90%
You are required to complete and receive a passing grade on a number of different assignments in order to obtain a passing grade for this course. Please note that you must make a reasonable attempt at each of the assignments in order to receive a passing grade for the course. If you fail to make a reasonable attempt at any of the assignments, you risk a failing grade for the course which would normally have serious repercussions in your ability to achieve an award.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Develop an understanding about the basic neuroscience of pain
- Explore current understanding of the biological processes involved in the perception of pain
- Explore current of the psychological processes in the perception and expression of pain
- Understandthe interrelationship between psychological, physiological and environmental processes in pain
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||On successful completion of this course, students will gain a number of generic and transferable skills beyond the subject itself. This will include:
GENERIC COGNITIVE SKILLS: the ability to apply critical analysis, evaluation and synthesis to forefront issues and developments, develop original and creative responses to problems and issues, critically review, consolidate and extend knowledge, skills, practices and thinking, deal with complex issues and make informed judgements in situations in the absence of complete or consistent data/information.
COMMUNICATION, IT AND NUMERACY SKILLS: use a wide range of routine skills and a range of advanced and specialised skills such as communication with peers, more senior colleagues and specialists, evaluation of a wide range of numerical and geographical data
AUTONOMY, ACCOUNTABILITY AND WORKING WITH OTHERS: exercise substantial autonomy and initiative in professional and equivalent activities, work in a peer relationship with specialist practitioners, demonstrate leadership and/or initiative and make an identifiable contribution to change and development and/or new thinking, manage complex ethical and professional issues
|Course organiser||Dr Sarah Henderson
Tel: 0131 242 6130
|Course secretary||Mrs Ruth Macdonald
Tel: (0131) 242 3135
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