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Postgraduate Course: Surgical and Communication Skills (SURG11005)

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 covers preparation for surgery, generic surgical procedures and appropriate techniques, as well as the principles of communicating with colleagues and patients, gaining consent, pain and symptom control and end of life care. Key aspects of how to communicate effectively with patients and their families, including giving complex information, breaking bad news, shared decision making, handling anger and distress, and addressing complaints about care, will be covered.
Note: this course contains no practical element and should not, therefore, be considered a substitute for attendance on a Basic Surgical Skills course.
Course description Through self-directed learning, online content will deliver key concepts relating to surgical and communications skills, and palliative care. Students will be required to work through weekly online activities, including discussion boards and formative MCQ quizzes.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2018/19, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
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 60 %, Coursework 40 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Examination (60%) «br /»
Summative assessment: MCQ exam «br /»
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Coursework (40%) «br /»
Formative assessment: Online MCQs (20%) «br /»
Summative assessment: Discussion boards (20%) «br /»
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University Common Marking Scheme (PG) will be applied «br /»
Feedback Assessment is undertaken throughout the course with each element structured to provide opportunities for formative feedback at key points: asynchronous tutor feedback on weekly discussion boards; immediate formative feedback on MCQs
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the general principles of surgical skills in order to practise safe operating techniques
  2. Appraise the different social, verbal and non-verbal skills required to communicate effectively with colleagues
  3. Critically assess the role of non-technical and teamwork skills in surgical practice
  4. Communicate, using appropriate methods, to a range of audiences with different levels of knowledge/expertise
  5. Identify, conceptualise and define how to assess and manage common symptoms and pain using a structured approach, and list the main analgesics used in palliative pain management
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Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Within the work to be undertaken this course will provide participants with the opportunity to develop or further develop key graduate attributes:
In-depth knowledge of specialist discipline
Develop new understanding by exercising critical judgement and challenging knowledge
Be a self-directed learner
Solve problems effectively taking ethical, professional and environmental issues into account
Use information responsibly in a range of contexts
Collaborate with others, capitalising on their different thinking, experience and skills
Communicate (oral, written, online) effectively,
respectful of social and cultural diversity
Application of numeracy
Application of IT
KeywordsSurgical skills; effective communication; palliative care
Course organiserProf Stephen Wigmore
Tel: (0131) 242 3679
Course secretaryMr Christopher Hooper
Tel: (0131 6)51 4929
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