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Postgraduate Course: Research in Clinical Education (MEED11017)

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
SummaryThis course will address the conduct of research in clinical education; it will enable the student to be an engaged consumer of research and prepare those progressing to completion of a research project and award of the MSc in Clinical Education.

More specifically the following areas will be considered:
- Research in clinical education: issues and challenges
- An overview of the research process
- Research or evaluation?
- Generating a research question
- Selecting a methodology
- Ethical issues in researching clinical education
- Locating and appraising the literature
- Qualitative methodologies and quantitative designs
- Systematic reviews and qualitative evidence synthesis
- Commonly used methods
- Approaches to analysis (qualitative and quantitative)
- Writing a research report and writing for publication
Course description Please note that, as a second year course, this will involve greater self-direction than first year courses. Students will play a greater role in directing discussions and finding appropriate resources to make use of and discuss with peers.

Online environments are used for the teaching, learning and assessment of all courses on the programme. This includes Microsoft Teams for regular, synchronous conversations, a virtual learning environment with discussion forums for asynchronous dialogue, and other interactive visual, audio, textural and graphical modes of communication.
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 2022/23, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Course Start Date 19/09/2022
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) Students are expected to submit a short assignment for feedback only (no marks), mid-course.

Summative written assignment - around 3,000-4,000 words
Feedback Feedback is generated on an ongoing basis through interactive live and asynchronous discussion, and review of formative assignments. Tutors will also provide individual, detailed comments on the summative end of course assignment.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Define and undertake a systematic search of the clinical education literature.
  2. Critically appraise published clinical education literature and research.
  3. Compare and contrast different methodologies used in clinical education research.
  4. Apply understanding of ethical concepts, issues and processes in research in Clinical Education.
  5. Design a coherent research study, including defining a gap in the existing literature, formulating a research question, articulating the methodology and selecting appropriate research methods.
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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 course and students not on the Clinical Education programme wishing to enrol, should first contact the Course Secretary to ascertain availability. Email:
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserDr Jane Hislop
Course secretaryMrs Femke Morrison
Tel: (0131) 242 6385
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