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

Postgraduate Course: Cutting edge critical care: research and clinical practice in a changing world (CRCA11022)

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 is a short format 10 credit course that explores the critical care response to emerging diseases and new public health challenges. The course draws on the experiences of the COVID-19 pandemic and the effect on critical care of other changes in population health. Students will develop an understanding of how clinicians make clinical decisions at both a patient and service design level where there is a lack of evidence, how clinical practice changes as evidence emerges, and how evidence generation has changed as a result of the pandemic.
Course description 1) Academic description

This course combines a review of the response to COVID-19 with a detailed exploration of how we translate evidence into clinical care rapidly: examining the current systems that exist for the translation of evidence into practice and the challenges that are faced when these systems cannot respond rapidly to a new clinical entity. The course also explores how evidence generation has changed and looks at novel trial designs, the benefits of these and the pitfalls.

2) Outline content

Students will learn what is meant by epidemics, pandemics, and emerging diseases and the systems that are set up nationally and internationally to respond.

A major focus will be on trying to provide the best care for your patients where evidence is lacking and when there are divergent views on best practice.

Students will explore the many sources of clinical information and learn how to appraise these. They will explore how evidence generation has changed with novel trial designs, how evidence dissemination has changed with the use of pre-print servers and social media, and how this effects the process of critical appraisal and clinical application of evidence.

3) Student learning experience

This course has been put together to allow students to study flexibly. Learning materials for the whole course will be made available to students on Collaborate Learn for the entire duration of the course run. These materials will be supplemented with a live online session that will be delivered on more than one occasion to allow students to hear from experts, engage in discussion, and ask questions.

The course will comprise themed sections and students will be expected to produce written work corresponding to each section. These will be collected together and form the written assessment for the whole course.
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 Feedback is defined as information to students which allows them to review what they know, understand and can do in their studies. Feedback is also important to identify areas for improvement, for example, course feedback surveys will be an integral component of the programme to allow refinement.

A discussion board will be open on Collaborate Learn during the course run to allow students to raise concerns and queries. Before the live teaching session, we will hold a live question and answer to help students get the most from the content.

Assignments will be marked, and feedback will be provided within a period of fifteen working days (where possible) following the submission date (excluding holidays periods whereby the University is closed, e.g. over the Christmas period).
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Gain an in-depth understanding of emerging diseases
  2. Understand how the critical care community responds to emerging diseases
  3. Be able to apply knowledge of the hierarchies of evidence in times of clinical uncertainty
  4. Be able to describe current and explore possible future models of information-sharing in modern medicine
  5. Understand how the emergence of a new disease and changes to population health can transform clinicians┬┐ approach to clinical care
Reading List
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills a) Mindsets:

Enquiry and lifelong learning:
Graduates of this course will be encouraged to pursue their own curiosity and to learn and develop in the field of critical care, to strive for excellence in their own professional practice, and to strive to improve care for patients as part of a multidisciplinary team.

Aspiration and personal development
Students will be encouraged to draw on their own experiences to identify areas in which they wish to grow and develop acknowledging that different students will have different priorities and aspirations.

Outlook and engagement
Students will be asked to bring to the course experiences from their own practice, often specifically relating to their own geographical context, that can be used to explore learning, engage with individuals from other international communities on the programme.

b) Skills:

Research and enquiry
Students will not conduct primary research in this course, they will use and further develop newly acquired expertise in accessing the literature and critical appraisal, to incorporate the findings of primary research in their arguments, discussions, and assessments.

Personal and intellectual autonomy
Students will be encouraged to use their own personal and intellectual autonomy through their active participation in self-directed learning, discussion boards and collaborative activities to critically evaluate ideas evidence and experiences from an open-minded perspective.

Personal Effectiveness
Success on the course will require students to be effective and proactive learners. Using the resources of the course tutors, and the university learning and information environment, students will be encouraged and supported to contribute to their own learning, as well as that of others.

Excellence in critical care is dependent on excellent communication, and the structure of the interactive elements and assessment elements incorporate constant reinforcement and development of this skill.
KeywordsCOVID-19,Population health,Evidence based medicine,Clinical trials,Critical Care
Course organiserDr John Livesey
Course secretaryMrs Kimberley Jamieson
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