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Postgraduate Course: Policy, Leadership, Management and Evaluation (MEED11020)

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 engage with some general concepts about policy, leadership and change management with a view to exploring their significance in determining the nature and quality of clinical education. The concepts and examples chosen will enable the student to understand the nature of the educational circumstances in which they work, and will enable them to apply some of the core skills in their own education practice. Specific examples include the importance of governing bodies, such as the GMC and international equivalents. Due consideration will be given to the broad political context of policy making and how this impacts on delivery of healthcare and the work of health professionals. We will explore the value of different approaches to leadership and change management in the context of delivering service improvement relevant to clinical education. The topics covered will reflect emerging policy issues so will include, but not be restricted to,
- The definition, development and implementation of policy
- Leadership theories and styles and their relevance to clinical education
- Approaches to change management and their application in the context of service improvement
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:  100
Course Start Semester 2
Course Start Date 13/02/2023
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. Adopt a critical and analytical approach to policy in clinical education.
  2. Relate a variety of models and principles of leadership and management to their own work context.
  3. Critically reflect on leadership and management approaches they have seen or used.
  4. Apply appropriate change management strategies.
  5. Critically review the relationship between clinical education and service improvement.
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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 organiserDr Jane Hislop
Course secretaryMrs Femke Morrison
Tel: (0131) 242 6385
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