This module provides an introduction to the rapidly growing field of neuroscience and considers the implications for educational practice. Definitions of neuroscience and allied terms are presented and discussed. Students are provided with the foundational knowledge on neuroanatomy and neuroimaging that they need to in order to understand and evaluate neuroscientific literature.
The contribution neuroscientific research is making to our understanding of specific areas of human functioning, for example, learning, memory, speech, language, executive functioning, attention, literacy, numeracy, socialisation and behaviour, is examined. Consideration is given to generic and specialised educational programmes that purport to draw on neuroscientific knowledge. The module helps students to understand and appraise the ongoing debate on the utility of neuroscience in education.
This module will provide knowledge of the structure of the human body, and how this adult anatomy develops. It will study human anatomy in a systems approach, focusing on the cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, musculoskeletal, urogenital, and nervous systems. Anatomy is a fundamental science and supports many areas of biology. As such the topics chosen for this module are those most useful to other areas of biological science, and are often clinically significant. This module will use practical classes to study human tissue and will develop the skills needed to dissect and study cadavers. Support materials and laboratory space for self directed learning will be available, including plastic anatomical models, bones and skeletons, and computer based anatomical models.
Doctor as Scholar and Scientist 1
This module provides medical students with the foundation of scientific knowledge, which is required for the practice of medicine. Focusing on the principle of the Doctor as Scientist and Scholar (Tomorrow's Doctors, GMC 2009), this module enables students to develop their scientific knowledge within a clinical context.
In order to help students understand the biological basis for behavioural neuroscience and neurological disorders, this module seeks to integrate the multidisciplinary sciences - for example, anatomy, physiology and biochemistry - that have combined to build the emerging field of neuroscience. The aim is to gain a mechanistic and holistic knowledge of the nervous system that builds from the molecular, cellular and developmental, to the systems level. In addition to exploring normal function, this module will introduce common disorders of the central and peripheral nervous systems in an integrated way. Students will be guided in exploring the scientific evidence around what is known and unknown and will be introduced to current research findings in the scientific literature.
Pharmacology is the science of how drugs act on the body and how the body acts on drugs. Pharmacology investigates the chemical and physical properties of drugs, how those properties confer actions on living tissues and how those actions affect health and disease. The beneficial, therapeutic effects of drugs will be discussed, but also some negative consequences of drug administration, such as toxicity, addiction and microbial drug-resistance.
Doctor as Scholar and Scientist 2
This module further develops the student's scientific knowledge, building on the foundations laid in Year 1. Focusing on the principle of the Doctor as Scientist and Scholar (Tomorrow's Doctors, GMC 2009), this module enables students to enhance their scientific knowledge and understanding of its importance to clinical practice within a clinical context.
Doctor as Scholar and Scientist 3
This module enables medical students to integrate their scientific knowledge and clinical skills in order to apply it within the context of clinical practice, thus enhancing their ability to practice medicine. This module builds on the knowledge learned in the previous years, focusing on the notion of the Doctor as a Scientist and Scholar (Tomorrow's Doctors, GMC 2009).
Doctor as Scholar and Scientist 4
This module enables medical students to consolidate their scientific knowledge within the context of clinical practice, and prepares them for the Foundation Year training programme. This module builds on the knowledge learned in the previous years, focusing on the notion of the Doctor as Scientist and Scholar (Tomorrow's Doctors, GMC 2009).
Evidence and Theory Based Education (Taught Masters)
This module is intended for students undertaking taught courses education for the health professions. It runs in parallel to, and shares content with, PMRM06 which is a 20 credit module of the same title undertaken by students on the on the D.Prof and M.Res in Education for Health professions.
The module will cover the evidence base for many of the common concepts of learning and instruction that are currently in use in the higher education generally, particularly the education of healthcare professionals. These will include learning theories, learning styles, feedback, cognitive load theory, small/large group teaching, deep/strategic/surface learning and the educational applications of the neuroscience of learning and memory. These will all be considered in detail, alongside their application to the context of the education of health professionals.
Origin and Theory of Education Research
This module provides an introduction to the origins of the most common theoretical perspectives used in educational research.
Enhancing Learning with Digital Technologies
This module will enable you to develop your understanding of learning, teaching and assessment with digital technologies. It will outline different perspectives and debates concerning digital technologies and pedagogy. There is an emphasis on critical analysis, evidence-informed approaches and design principles. The module will outline fundamental issues including inclusivity, accessibility, legislation, policies and standards. You will not be required to develop legal expertise but an awareness of how they influence educational practice. You will be able to develop your understanding of how to source, evaluate and implement open educational resources (OERs) for teaching and learning. There will be opportunities to develop technical, creative and project management skills.
Research Methods in Education
This module will help students to develop the skills necessary for conducting educational research. Both qualitative
and quantitative and `mixed¿ methods of data collection are studied and analysed, and the `pragmatic¿ orientation of
relating research methodology to the problem being researched is outlined in depth. The practical techniques of
data collection are studied in detail. Analysis of varying data types is also explained and issues to do with the design
of research also explored. The ethical foundations of research are also explored.
This module enables students to create a portfolio of assignments to support their entry into the research phase of their doctorate. They prepare a detailed plan for their research, supported by evidence and a reflective commentary, building upon assignments completed for PMRM06, 07 and 08. Part time students complete this module in year 2 of the programme. Full time students complete in year 1, alongside the aforementioned modules.
Evidence and Theory Based Education
This module is intended for students undertaking taught courses on the D.Prof and M.Res in Education for Health professions, where it compliments the content of PMRM07 (Critical Appraisal and Evaluation) and PMRM08 (Data Analysis for Health and Medical Sciences). It may also be taken as a standalone course by anyone with an interest in how evidence is generated for educational practice, in the healthcare professions and across Higher Education more widely.
The module will cover the evidence base for many of the common concepts of learning and instruction that are currently in use in the education of healthcare professionals. These will include learning theories, learning styles, feedback, cognitive load theory, small/large group teaching, deep/strategic/surface learning and the educational applications of the neuroscience of learning and memory. These will all be considered in detail, alongside their application to the context of the education of health professionals.