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Postgraduate Course: Current Issues in Simulation Based Education (MEED11037)

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
SummaryThis course is aimed at experienced practising healthcare professionals with an educational remit within Simulation. The aim of the course is to allow students to undertake an in depth study into a topical area of their choice which relates to simulation based 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 interprofessional education, social inclusion, stakeholder engagement, MOOCs or widening access.
Course description Please note that as a final course on the PgCert in Simulation in Healthcare Education this course will involve greater self-direction than earlier 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:  21
Course Start Semester 2
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 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. Identify a topical area in simulation based 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.
Reading List
No indicative reading list. This will develop throughout the course.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills This course will help students develop the following graduate attributes and skills:
Enquiry and lifelong learning, aspiration and personal development, outlook and engagement, research and enquiry, personal and intellectual autonomy, personal effectiveness, communication.
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:
KeywordsSimulation Based Education,SBE,Clinical or Medical Education,Interprofessional Education
Course organiserDr Jane Hislop
Course secretaryMrs Femke Morrison
Tel: (0131) 242 6385
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