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Postgraduate Course: The Curriculum (MEED11014)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh Medical School CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe course will consider, what is a curriculum, how is it created and what impact it has on students, institutions and professional development in the undergraduate and postgraduate phases.

The course will refer to evidence in the literature and case studies illustrating issues around curriculum planning, particularly with respect to:
- Philosophy, policy and practice.
- The definition of the clinical practitioner.
- Recommendations and guidelines with international status, examples include the World Health Organisation, and the European Tuning Projects.
- Recommendations and guidelines at national level, examples include the General Medical Council, Royal Colleges, "Scottish Doctor Project" and government agencies.
- The explicit and hidden curriculum and the notion of constructive alignment

The course will also explore the limitations of competency-based programmes and will ask participants to consider the difference between competency, capability and performance in medical practice.
Course description Online environments are used for the teaching, learning and assessment of all courses on the MSc programme. This includes the Waverley Suite, allowing interactive visual, audio, textural and graphical modes of communication, in the same synchronous or asynchronous event.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2019/20, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Course Start Date 13/01/2020
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 8, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 8, Online Activities 65, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 1, Formative Assessment Hours 1, Summative Assessment Hours 30, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 83 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) One written assignment of around 3000-4000 words
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Describe the key pedagogic features of a teaching activity and its context.
  2. Illustrate the impact on a curriculum of context (social/political/professional) and the role of stakeholders.
  3. Analyse a curriculum with reference to a range of design models.
  4. Assess a teaching activity in relation to its alignment with associated curricula, learning outcomes and assessment.
  5. Describe how a range of practical and logistical factors influence the realisation of a curriculum.
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Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Special Arrangements There are limited places to take this course as an outside elective and students not on the Clinical Education programme wishing to enrol, should first contact the Course Secretary to ascertain availability. Email:
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Course organiserMs Janette Jamieson
Tel: (0131) 242 6419
Course secretaryMrs Debbie Spence
Tel: (0131 6)51 6536
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