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Postgraduate Course: Integrating Clinical Trials Practice - A Student-Led Individually-Created Course (SLICC) (MCLM11090)

Course Outline
SchoolDeanery of Molecular, Genetic and Population Health Sciences 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 20 credit course will provide students with an opportunity to integrate the learning gained in the Masters in the clinical trials courses, and apply it to address problems and challenges in the real world. Students will create their own learning using the Student-Led Individually-Created Course (SLICC) approach - a university framework for self-designed experiential learning:
The student will plan, propose, carry out, reflect on and evaluate a piece of work from their own contexts, encompassing the cross-disciplinary nature of clinical trials. The SLICC framework requires that students use the generic learning outcomes to articulate their learning in their own defined project, reflect frequently using a blog, collect, formulate, organise and present evidence of their learning in an e-portfolio. Students will receive relevant formative feedback on a draft final report, which is the same format as the final reflective report, which forms the summative assessment. The above will be with guidance of a mentor. The course will encourage critical appraisal of students' own practical experiences, and allow them to reflect on their learning in the context of the cross-disciplinary nature of clinical trials.
Course description Students are expected to spend approximately 140-200 hours in total on this course. Students who opt not to do a dissertation will take a SLICC + 40 credits of electives.
Planning the SLICC should commence once students begin Year 3. Ideally the chosen piece of work should link to their own contexts, experience with clinical trials and/or relevant employment. Students will be given an overview of what is expected well in advance. They will be provided with relevant support, materials and resources. Students define their own learning outcomes as a 'Proposal' and by looking forward into their future professional/personal aims and career aspirations and will examine the development of their attributes. Students will receive formative feedback on their 'Project Proposal' in block 1 of Year 3. Thereafter the student will reflect frequently using blogs to build and present evidence of their learning in an e-portfolio. They will submit and receive formative feedback in a draft report. Their work is then incorporated into a final written self-reflective report which will be the summative assessment.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs Laptop and internet connection
Information for Visiting Students
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate how they have developed a deep critical understanding of the cross-disciplinary nature of clinical trials, using their own SLICC to identify complexities, challenges and wider implications in their area.
  2. Apply relevant clinical trials skills and approaches gained during the programme teaching to effectively and critically explore their chosen SLICC clinical trials question.
  3. Self-reflect to demonstrate personal and intellectual autonomy to critically evaluate ideas, evidence and experiences from an open-minded and reasoned perspective
  4. Draw on the quality, depth and breadth of their experiences to engage with the communities and world around them. With an informed international perspective, they seek to contribute positively, ethically and respectfully
  5. In their self-assessment, critically review, evaluate and reflect upon their knowledge, skills and practices in clinical trials, how they have met the learning outcomes for the SLICC course or reflect on the learning they have gained from not progressing as originally anticipated.
Learning Resources
University wide SLICC resources:
Postgraduate examples:
Reflective Writing Toolkit:
Gibbs' reflective cycle:
Other frameworks:
What is Pebblepad:
How to Create a blog:
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills The student will be required to unite the knowledge gained from the previous 2 years of the clinical trials courses undertaken and integrate this knowledge with self-reflection in their own clinical trials practice and experience. The process will require the student to deeply reflect on both knowledge, experience, practice and self-development. As the reflective blogs will be done throughout the third year, whilst the student is undergoing taught courses, the student will further develop generic skills such as planning, organising, executing, time management, critical analysis, and presentation.
KeywordsClinical trials practice,integration of knowledge,self-reflection,development
Course organiserDr Afshan Dean
Tel: (0131 6)51 5440
Course secretaryMs Rebecca Sewell
Tel: (0131 6)51 7112
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