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Postgraduate Course: Current issues in clinical education (MEED11025)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh Medical School 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 Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course is aimed at experienced practising healthcare professionals with an educational remit. The aim of the course is to allow students to undertake an in depth study into a topical area of their choice in clinical education. The course will allow students to develop their research skills, produce an informed, evidence-based position paper and engage in academic debate.

This process will allow students to consider the role of education in improving practice and more general benefits to society.

Whilst it will be the students' choice, it is envisaged topics may include inter-professional education, social inclusion, stakeholder engagement, MOOCs or widening access.
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
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2022/23, Not available to visiting students (SS1) 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) Seminar presentation (30%)

Position paper (70%) tutor marked

Feedback Feedback is generated on an ongoing basis through interactive live and asynchronous discussion.

Tutors will give individual detailed feedback on the presentation and position paper.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Identify a topical area in clinical education and undertake an in-depth period of independent study in the area of their choice
  2. Critically engage with, and evaluate the literature in the area of choice
  3. Synthesise information gathered, selection of relevant points and distillation to produce a short position paper
  4. Lead an online seminar and communicate key findings to peer group
  5. Actively engage in peer assessment
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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:
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserMrs Gillian Aitken
Tel: 0131 242 6536
Course secretaryMrs Femke Morrison
Tel: (0131) 242 6385
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