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DRPS : Course Catalogue : Deanery of Clinical Sciences : Surgical Sciences

Postgraduate Course: Academic Surgery (SURG11008)

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
SummaryThe aim of the Academic Surgery course is to support students develop an understanding of the general principles of clinical study design, statistics, and critical review of the medical literature. These core skills will provide a basic understanding of how to undertake and assess the quality of clinical research.
Course description Through self-directed learning, online content will deliver key concepts relating to study design (formulating a hypothesis and research questions; appropriate methodology to address these questions), critical appraisal (reviewing a paper), and statistics (understanding data; basic principles of statistics), and students will be required to work through weekly online activities, including discussion boards, formative MCQ quizzes, and statistical exercises. Students will submit a written critical appraisal of a set scientific research article.
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 2
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 (5%) «br /»
Summative assessment: Discussion boards (20%); Critical Appraisal (15%) «br /»
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University Common Marking Scheme (PG) will be applied «br /»
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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 and statistical exercises. Feedback on the critical appraisal will be issued within the 15-day turnaround for marking rule.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Apply general principles of clinical study design, ethics, and statistics
  2. Translate a clinical research question into a database search strategy
  3. Appraise the relationship between evidence, audit and observed variation in clinical practice
  4. Critically assess medical research in order to identity its strengths, weaknesses and how it might be applied in surgical practice
  5. Apply critical analysis, evaluation and synthesis to issues which are at the forefront of scientific and medical research
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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
KeywordsEvidence-based medicine; study design; critical appraisal
Course organiserProf Stephen Wigmore
Tel: (0131) 242 3679
Course secretaryMr Christopher Hooper
Tel: (0131 6)51 4929
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