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Postgraduate Course: Headache disorders: diagnosis, classification and clinical features (PAMA11073)

Course Outline
SchoolDeanery of Clinical 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 course describes the challenges to, and some solutions for, diagnosing headache in primary care. Obtaining a correct diagnosis is key to managing headaches successfully, being an essential step towards the selection of appropriate therapies and long-term success in management. However, an incorrect diagnosis frequently leads to the selection of inappropriate therapies, patients being refractory to treatment and eventual loss to follow up. Unfortunately, the latter situation often predominates, and disabled patients remain undiagnosed and under-treated in primary care.
Headaches may present in different ways, and can be classified as to whether they associated with physical function, other head and face illnesses and drug or metabolic disturbances. Headaches may also be benign or sinister (worrisome) in presentation.
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs no
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2016/17, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Flexible
Course Start Date 19/09/2016
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 98 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 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. Online learning sessions will include small formative assessments where the student will receive instant feedback on their contribution, enabling effective monitoring of progress. .
The summative component consists of the following:
20% short answer questions
30% online discussion
50% analysis of case studies on the area of diagnosis
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.
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Academic year 2016/17, Not available to visiting students (SS2) Quota:  None
Course Start Flexible
Course Start Date 01/08/2016
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 10, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 88 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 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. Online learning sessions will include small formative assessments where the student will receive instant feedback on their contribution, enabling effective monitoring of progress. .
The summative component consists of the following:
20% short answer questions
30% online discussion
50% analysis of case studies on the area of diagnosis
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.
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
he course concerns itself with the accurate diagnosis of headache disorders. The intended learning outcomes include the following: Headache dsiorders major groups and subgroups; Diagnostic entities and criteria; Differential diagnoses; Concepts of chronicity; Diagnosing multiple headache disorders; clinical characteristics, diagnostic criteria and treatment of secondary headache.
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.
Reading List
None
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Special Arrangements none
KeywordsNot entered
Contacts
Course organiserDr Christopher Mckenzie
Tel: 0131 242 6130
Email: Christopher.McKenzie@ed.ac.uk
Course secretaryMrs Ruth Macdonald
Tel: (0131) 242 3135
Email: Ruth.MacDonald@ed.ac.uk
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