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DRPS : Course Catalogue : Deanery of Clinical Sciences : Pain Management

Postgraduate Course: Independent Project in Headache Management (PAMA11078)

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 Credits60 ECTS Credits30
SummaryIn this course, students undertake an independent study which would involve the planning, execution and development of a significant piece of project work.

The project for this course would require prior approval but could take a variety of forms including, but not limited to, clinical placements in an area of interest, where students are required to identify clinical learning objectives and the resources required to meet these objectives in a clinical setting; a work based project such as a clinical audit; or an education project related to clinical practice. The development of a learning contract would facilitate these processes.
Course description This course enables you to undertake an independent project in an area of interest in the field of headache management. It allows the student to tailor their learning to the specific needs through the negotiation of a learning contract. Students can focus their investigation around a clinical, scientific, educational, managerial or administrative issue or need that they are keen to examine further. In this way, this course allows students to explore a specific topic that may not have been covered elsewhere during the course of the programme of study. It also acts to deepen and extend their understanding of a particular issue.

The 3rd year of the programme leads to a Masters level qualification in the Clinical Management of Pain and Headache. The Project and the three stages leading up to it, form the focus of the final year of the programme. The year design is structured with clear and regular milestones which provide in-course assessment and also lead to production of a completed Project Report. Students also have the opportunity to present their work to fellow students and/or tutors in an online e-poster presentation.

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 Full Year
Course Start Date 18/09/2023
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 600 ( Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 12, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 588 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Initial learning contract - 10%
Finalised learning contract - 20%
Poster presentation - 20%
Final report - 50%
Feedback 100% of the assessment will be agreed through the development of a Learning Contract which will be developed in collaboration with an internal and external academic supervisor and the student. Regular meetings will be scheduled to provide feedback throughout the duration of the course
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Discuss and display evidence of independent research skills.
  2. Critically reflect on appropriate research literature in a confident manner.
  3. Engage on a sustained project on a chosen topic.
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Additional Information
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Course organiserDr Christopher McKenzie
Tel: 0131 242 6130
Course secretaryMrs Olga Paterson
Tel: (0131) 242 6130
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