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DRPS : Course Catalogue : Deanery of Clinical Sciences : Critical Care

Postgraduate Course: Transplant Critical Care (CRCA11020)

Course Outline
SchoolDeanery of Clinical Sciences 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 Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThis course will give students an opportunity to explore and gain a detailed understanding of developments in organ donation and transplantation relevant to critical care patients.

The course will cover general considerations relevant to organ donation and will use the specific context of liver transplantation to highlight the range of multi-professional expertise required to deliver a complex, life-saving intervention.
Course description The course will be divided into 5 weeks, with each week comprising a theme. This course will cover:

1. Principles and practices of organ donation and transplantation, with a specific focus on liver transplantation.
2. Care of the potential organ donor (Donation after Circulatory Death (DCD) and Donation after Brainstem Death (DBD)), including ethical and legal aspects of transplant medicine.
3. The role of novel technologies in expanding and optimising the donor organ pool.
4. Understanding the surgical procedure of liver transplantation, including the relevant anatomy, physiology and perioperative concerns
5. Post-operative management of the transplant patient, including common complications

The students will be able to achieve an understanding of this subject area by:

1. A series of lectures and live tutorials led and delivered by experts from across the multi-disciplinary teams involved in organ donation and transplantation.
2. Experts will show how novel technologies and practices are leading advances in organ donation
3. By focusing on liver transplantation, we will lead students through detailed discussion of all aspects of the journey from organ donation, through perioperative considerations, and into the postoperative critical care stay and beyond.
4. Interactive teaching that will allow students to work with tutors and colleagues to identify and explore learning needs through case-based tutorials and discussion boards.
5. Reference to a wide range of teaching materials.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start MVM Online Learning Block 3
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 98 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 100% in course assessment
Feedback Interactive tutorials and discussion boards will allow students to gain ongoing feedback from tutors.
Formal feedback will be provided for all assessed components of the course.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the principal theories and concepts underpinning organ transplantation
  2. Apply knowledge of the core clinical aspects of transplant critical care in order to optimise outcomes for organ donors and transplant recipients
  3. Apply critical analysis of the literature when considering the impact of perioperative and/or critical care management on patient outcomes in the context of organ transplantation
  4. Demonstrate an ability to communicate effectively to an audience with different levels of knowledge/expertise
  5. Demonstrate leadership and/or initiative and make an identifiable contribution to change and development and/or new thinking in relation to organ demonstration and/or transplantation
Reading List
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Mindset

Enquiry and lifelong learning:

Students will use skills in information retrieval and critical analysis to evaluate developments in organ donation and transplantation. Students will understand how these developments can inform clinical practice and improve outcomes for patients.

Aspiration and personal development

Students will gain a comprehensive understanding of the role of the multi-disciplinary team in the process of organ donation, including developments that extend the scope of organ donation in clinical practice.

Students will have the opportunity to gain specific understanding of the care of liver transplant patients relevant to critical care and will be able to reflect on their own ability to improve patient care.

Outlook and engagement

Students will be equipped with the knowledge and skills needed to develop and improve organ donation and transplantation services in their own context/environment.

Research and enquiry

Students will demonstrate their ability to critically evaluate research findings and incorporate new findings into existing practices to improve patient outcomes.

Personal and intellectual autonomy

Students will have the opportunity to consider how developments in organ donation and transplantation could be made in their own context/environment.

Personal effectiveness

The students who fully engage with the course over the 5 weeks will gain the most from the taught content and focus their time for self-directed learning. By maximising these opportunities, they will develop their own knowledge and understanding as well as contributing productively to other students┬┐ learning.


Effective participation and engagement with course materials will involve active communication with tutors and other students. This will allow students to direct their learning so that their own self-identified learning needs are addressed on this course.
KeywordsOrgan donation,transplantation,liver transplant,critical care
Course organiserDr Mort Kelleher
Course secretaryMrs Kimberley Jamieson
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