Overview of Modules - Option

Work-based learning in orthopaedics (20 credits)

Module Leader: Elizabeth Benomran
Contact: e.benomran@tees.ac.uk

The aim of this module is to enable postgraduate medical doctors to accredit learning developed in practice. It is available to students employed in orthopaedic settings and is designed to build on, and apply, the skills and knowledge developed in the evidence-based practice module which is a pre-requisite for this module. The learning and teaching strategy focuses on supporting students to develop skills and knowledge relevant to their practice environment. Students will work closely with a practice advisor and their academic supervisor to identify appropriate learning outcomes for the development of their knowledge and skills in a specialist area of orthopaedic practice. The practice advisors are expected to be experts within the student’s specialist area of practice and should have at least the same level of qualification as the student. The practice advisor will be identified either by the student or the programme team. The role of the practice advisor is to support the student and assist them with the selection of appropriate case studies for their assessment; they will not be involved in assessing the students. Practice advisors will be supported in their role by the academic supervisor through the use of the e-learning@tees VLE.

On successful completion of the module students should be able to demonstrate a comprehensive and critical understanding of how evidence-based practice can be applied to their area of orthopaedic practice. E-learning and other means of electronic communication will be utilised by academic supervisors while students are in practice. Students will be required to make contact with their academic supervisor at set contact points during the module. The summative assessment will be presented in the form of a portfolio including a SWOC analysis, learning outcomes, written account of two case studies (2,000 words each) that enable the student to achieve their learning outcomes and a conclusion assessing how and where the learning outcomes have been met and identifying further areas for development. Formative assessment will be in the form of a detailed plan of one of the case studies.

Quality improvements in orthopaedics (20 credits)

This module is aimed at students who are undertaking the MSc Orthopaedics. It is designed to enable students to successfully engage with the quality improvement agenda. Building on and utilising the skills developed in the first year of the programme the aims of this 20 credit module are to facilitate the development of knowledge and understanding of QI agenda in the context of Orthopaedics. With a focus on contemporary QI models, processes and tools successful engagement with this module will help to ensure that the student is equipped with the requisite knowledge and skills to facilitate the planning and development of sustainable quality improvement initiatives in clinical practice. To ensure that such initiatives are evidence based the role of various sources of evidence will be considered, this will include evidence from guidelines and audits as well that produced via research. The module is available via distance, flexible or attendance modes of delivery. Students following the attendance route will be required to attend lectures and seminars delivered on a weekly basis. The material for the students opting for the distance route will be available on the virtual learning environment (VLE) e- learning@tees. The recorded lectures and interactive activities will be available on a weekly basis and will follow the same timetable as that for the attendance students. The students who wish to follow the flexible route will have access to both distance and attendance materials. All students will have access to an academic advisor who will provide individual tutorial support to assist students in their preparation for the summative assignment. The tutorials can be delivered face to face, by telephone or by Skype. To maintain and enhance the link between theory and relevance to clinical practice all students will also have the support of a clinical advisor who can be allocated by the module leader. The module will be assessed via the production of a proposal for an evidence based quality improvement initiative in the arena of orthopaedics. The 4,000 word proposal will be submitted in week 42 of the module.

Dissertation (60 credits)

Module Leader: Barbara Neil
Contact: Barbara.neil@tees.ac.uk

This module is designed to enable the students to consolidate and develop further their skills and knowledge gained during previous modules. The module is aimed at students undertaking an MSc in a health or social care field. More specifically the module will enable students to synthesise learning as they apply their research related knowledge to identify a researchable problem, plan and execute a study. Students are able to utilise a range of different methodologies for their study, such as quantitative, qualitative or systematic review. The module will be introduced through introductory key lectures, then supervisory and student-led tutorials will be employed as a forum in which students and lecturers can discuss and debate issues surrounding all aspects of the project development and management. Students will be expected to be in contact with their supervisor a minimum of twice per term. The purpose of these supervisory sessions is to ensure that the project is advancing as anticipated and to support students through the ethical clearance process. Where appropriate students will be encouraged to publish their study in a peer review journal, and support with publication will be provided by supervisors. Assessment consists of a detailed written account of the research project (15,000 words maximum research report, 100%). Substantive work on the project must not commence prior to the ethical approval/release. Evidence of approval/release must be included in the dissertation.

Dissertation and research paper (80 credits)

Module Leader: Barbara Neil
Contact: Barbara.neil@tees.ac.uk

This module is designed to enable the students to consolidate and develop further their skills and knowledge gained during previous modules. The module is aimed at students undertaking Master’s level study within health care. More specifically the module will enable students to synthesise learning as they apply their research related knowledge to identify a researchable problem, plan and execute a study and disseminate their findings in the form of a detailed written account of the research project and a journal article. Students are able to utilise a range of different methodologies for their study, such as quantitative, qualitative or systematic review. The module will be introduced through introductory key lectures, then supervisory and student-led tutorials will be employed as a forum in which students and their supervisors can discuss and debate issues surrounding all aspects of the project development and management.

For distance-learners the VLE will be utilised to present the key learning materials and supervisory support will be provided via email. Students will be allocated an academic and a clinical supervisor and are expected to meet with each of their supervisors regularly (at least once per term as a minimum). The purpose of these meetings is to ensure that the project is advancing as anticipated. Assessment consists of two components: Component 1 is a detailed written account of the research project (15000 words, worth 70% of the overall module mark). Component 2 is a research paper submitted for publication (6,000 words, worth 30% of the overall module mark). Both components will be submitted in week 27 of the module. Substantive work on the project must not commence prior to the ethical approval/release. Evidence of approval/release must be included in the dissertation.