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Undergraduate Course: Anaesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine Project (ACCP10001)

Course Outline
SchoolDeanery of Biomedical Sciences CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits40 ECTS Credits20
SummaryUnder the mentorship of a clinician or academic in the department of anaesthesia, critical care and pain medicine, students will conduct a research project during the second semester of the programme. Supervisors and projects will normally be allocated in advance of the programme starting to allow students the opportunity to apply for scholarships (deadlines are usually at the end of March prior to the start of the programme). Research projects may be clinical, laboratory, or library based, and can involve the prospective collection of data, analysis and interpretation of previously generated data, or a library based investigative research project addressing a specific question or topic.

The faculty will encourage students to strive for excellence during their research project and to use all the skills they have learned and developed during Semester 1 to identify a topic of interest; develop a research question, research protocol, and analysis plan; conduct the research project; write a report to the standard of an academic publication; and present their work to course supervisors and colleagues.
Course description Although this course will commence in semester 2, a list of projects and supervisors will be provided to students at the beginning of semester 1 to allow early selection, and then adequate planning of the project. In addition, it is expected that the core module "Literature Evaluation and Review", will be carried on a topic related to the chosen project to allow continuity in subject matter over the year.
The discipline-specific topics will vary from year to year depending on which projects and supervisors are available. However, it is anticipated that students cover the following general aspects of study design and conduct:

1. Identify a topic of interest and draw from the literature review carried out in semester 1 to develop this interest.
2. Develop a research question
3. Design and research protocol including an analysis plan
4. Conduct the research project
5. Write a research report to the standard of an academic publication
6. Present the work to course supervisors and colleagues

Students are expected to be self motivated and engaged with the chosen project and work.

It is anticipated that students will be engaged in work that is achievable within the 10-week time frame. This may necessitate using data that is already collected, conducting a library based project (e.g. systematic review) or carrying out a supervised lab based project. Clinical projects will be feasible if the relevant approvals have already been organised by the supervisor, or if there is early engagement of the student (at the start of semester 1).
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements This course is available to 3rd Year Intercalated MBChB students only
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2018/19, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 400 ( Dissertation/Project Supervision Hours 20, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 8, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 372 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) This course consists of two in-course assessments:

Research project report (87.5%) (Max 5,000 words)

Oral presentation of research project to peers and research supervisors (12.5%)
Feedback Students will receive weekly face-to-face feedback during supervision meetings with supervisors.

In addition, students will receive a verbal and written critique of presentations at the end of the 10-week block.

A written assessment of the research project and a mark will be provided for each project.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Describe a question requiring original research through critical reading of current literature. Formulate one or more testable hypotheses or central arguments from the question.
  2. Identify appropriate methods and models to test the hypotheses or arguments.
  3. Obtain information to address the hypotheses or arguments using appropriate investigative techniques and research tools. Critically analyze the evidence obtained to refute or support the hypotheses or arguments.
  4. Integrate your findings with those of others, and indicate the impact this has on the field and how future work may address outstanding questions.
  5. Communicate your findings and conclusions effectively through your dissertation, lay-summary, and any associated oral or poster presentations.
Reading List
The supervisor of each project will suggest particular sources which are applicable to the project.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills After completion of this module, students will be able to:

SCQF Level 10 / Characteristic 3:
- Define and analyse complex problems and issues
- Demonstrate originality and creativity in addressing research questions and challenges encountered in the research process
- Critically review and consolidate knowledge in the field of anaesthesia, critical care and pain medicine

SCQF Level 10 / Characteristic 4:
- Present new information from research findings to an informed audience
- Discuss and critically appraise the work of others
- Use ICT applications to support the conduct and presentation of research
- Interpret numerical and graphical data to support the chosen research project

SCQF Level 10 / Characteristic 5
- Exercise autonomy and initiative
- Work under supervision with specialist practitioners
- Work with others to bring about change, development and/or new thinking
KeywordsAnaethesia,Critical Care,Pain Medicine,Research
Course organiserDr David Griffith
Course secretaryMs Kimberley Bruce
Tel: (0131 6)51 4075
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