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Programme and Module Handbook

Postgraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2011-2012 (archived)

Module HEAS42715: Medical Education Delivery

Department: Health [Queen's Campus, Stockton]

HEAS42715: Medical Education Delivery

Type Tied Level 4 Credits 15 Availability Available in 2011/12 Module Cap None.
Tied to HEAS


  • None


  • None

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • none


  • To teach to a high standard the principles and practical skills Health Service employees require in order to deliver Medical Education, Medical Assessment and Selection for Medical Posts within a clinical setting.


  • The delivery of Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs)
  • The assessment of Clinical Skills as displayed within an OSCE setting
  • Standard setting of OSCEs to high professional standards
  • Selection for interview and the principles of structured interviewing
  • Issues of reliability and validity relating to semi structured interviews
  • Teaching of communication skills within a clinical setting
  • Execution of Mini Clinical Examinations (MiniCEX)
  • Assessment and analysis of MiniCEX with regard to validity and reliability
  • The delivery of Multiple Objective Structured Long Examination Records (MOSLER)
  • The assessment and analysis of MOSLER outcomes
  • The delivery of tutorials to small groups of clinical learners at Undergraduate and Post Graduate level
  • The delivery of small group teaching sessions in a clinical setting
  • The delivery of large group teaching sessions in a clinical setting

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • By the end of module students will have developed:
  • Advanced knowledge and critical understanding of delivery of clinical teaching within a clinical environment
  • Advanced knowledge and critical understanding of clinical teaching in a clinical environment
  • Understanding of the place of education with regard to patient safety within the NHS framework
Subject-specific Skills:
  • Students will have gained skills in delivery of OSCEs
  • Delivery and assessment of OSCEs
  • Delivery and assessment of MiniCEX
  • Delivery and assessment of MOSLER
  • Delivery and assessment of selection methods in a clinical setting
Key Skills:
  • Key skills are:
  • The ability to think critically and creatively and to argue coherently
  • The capacity for sustained independent work and learning at an advanced level and the ability to learn through reflection on practice and experience
  • Skill of communication and teaching communication skills

Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to the learning outcomes of the module

  • Lecturing – Explains basic principles in a way that allows learners to build their own understanding – Examines challenges in the literature, not readily resolvable but novices – Provides motivation to learners
  • Tutorials and seminars – allow students to work through concepts in more detail, providing both teacher and peer led input, promoting discussion and developing the interprofessional communication and working skills
  • Structured reading – Allows student to pursue topics in greater detail enabling both familiarity with key texts and a deeper understanding of the subject knowledge generally
  • Observed sessions and practice
  • Maintaining a reflective log of activities
  • Distance learning mediated through Durham University Online with provision of structured teaching materials

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Tutorial/seminar 4 3 hr 12 4 Once per year 3 hr 12
Distance learning activities 10 sets weekly 3 hr 30
Practical exercises/observed teaching sessions 3 As appropriate 3 hr 9
Structured reading/Library Researching/Independent study student initiated student initiated 99
Total 150

Summative Assessment

Component: Assignment Component Weighting: 100%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Response to structured feedback on observed teaching 500 words 20% revised structured feedback form response on new observed teaching session
e-portfolio document As appropriate to clinical attachment 40% Resubmission of modified log
Assignment Essay 1500 words 40% Assignment

Formative Assessment:

Comprises distance learning formative assessments associated with each of the distance learning structured learning materials.

Attendance at all activities marked with this symbol will be monitored. Students who fail to attend these activities, or to complete the summative or formative assessment specified above, will be subject to the procedures defined in the University's General Regulation V, and may be required to leave the University