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Postgraduate Course: Simulation Methodology for Clinical Education (MEED11027)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh Medical School CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typeOnline Distance Learning AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe aim of this course is to develop participants from a novice to a competent/proficient facilitator in utilising clinical simulation as a learning tool.

Please note that this course will involve greater self-direction than some other courses. Students will play a greater role in directing discussions and finding appropriate resources to make use of and discuss with peers.
Course description Through this course students will apply relevant learning theory and a range of simulation based learning modalities to create simulation based scenarios/programmes that engage learners, influence practice, and ultimately improve patient safety and quality of care.

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.

Students will have weekly live conversations and asynchronous discussion forums to guide and support their learning. The weekly live conversations will be interactive and consist of a mix of short presentations, small group work, debates, and group discussions.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs Travel as required to observe and deliver simulation scenarios, given online delivery of the course it is likely these will be minimal as the assessment is designed to be undertaken in the students' individual workplace.
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2022/23, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Blocks 2-3 (Sem 1-2)
Course Start Date 21/11/2022
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.

The summative written assignment will have two elements. Overall the assignment will be approximately 3000-4000 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. Critically engage with the relevant learning theories that inform simulation education as a methodology.
  2. Critique a range of simulation modalities and their use in simulation based education.
  3. Formulate a constructively aligned simulation programme.
  4. Critically reflect on effective debrief in the context of a simulation scenario.
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Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Participants can expect to develop an increased appreciation of lifelong learning and enquiry over the unit. Additionally, by focusing on reflection and debriefing method, participants will be able to utilise the same skills in every part of their professional and personal lives.

The unit will enhance the participants' communication skills as debriefers and educators and influence their personal effectiveness and confidence in being able to apply the skills and knowledge from this unit into creating educational solutions in their workplace.
Special Arrangements There are limited places to take this course as an outside elective and students not on the programme wishing to enrol, should first contact the Course Secretary to ascertain availability. Email:
Additional Class Delivery Information All courses to be delivered by distance learning.
KeywordsSimulation,clinical education,debriefing,course design
Course organiserDr Jane Hislop
Course secretaryMrs Femke Morrison
Tel: (0131) 242 6385
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