MSc Physician Associate Studies
Year of entry: 2022
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Course unit details:
Quality and Evidence Project
|Unit level||FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree|
|Teaching period(s)||Full year|
|Offered by||Division of Medical Education|
|Available as a free choice unit?||No|
Students will carry out a project and write a report/dissertation under supervision. The majority of projects
are expected to be clinical or educational and should normally be directly related to current and future
practice for physician associates. Students will be required to identify research questions, develop the
design of a research project and experimental protocol (where applicable), carry out the research, collect
and analyse data and then write up the project. All students will also be required to deliver an oral
|Unit title||Unit code||Requirement type||Description|
|Physician Associate Yr1||MEDN60010||Pre-Requisite||Compulsory|
|Physician Associate Yr2||MEDN60020||Co-Requisite||Compulsory|
|Quality and Evidence||MEDN60030||Pre-Requisite||Compulsory|
The unit aims to:
- Deliver training in the identification, formulation and implementation of a specific research project.
- Provide experience of conducting independent research and audit activities
- Examine the extent to which the student has achieved relevant skills and knowledge (via a dissertation and oral presentation of the research topic).
Teaching and learning methods
The unit offers a flexible approach to T&L processes depending on the nature of each project. All students will receive supervision as a group and 1:1 mentoring during the planning, execution and writeup of the project. They are encouraged to attend relevant seminars and will receive support with academic writing and presentation skills. Progress through each key stage of the project is monitored by the supervisor and Academic Lead for Assessment (where appropriate).
Knowledge and understanding
- Demonstrate and understanding of research design and methodology
- Develop an understanding of the principles of literature review
- Develop detailed knowledge of ethical approval requirements and relevant legislation
- Understand the ethical and practical issues and processes involved in research
- Develop an understanding of research design and methodology
- Develop have an understanding of a range of statistical methods applicable to the project.
- Demonstrate critical thinking capacity, including abstraction, analysis and critical judgement
- Reflect upon and evaluate research findings
- Synthesise and analyse data and information
- Engage in constructive dialogue with peers and supervisor
- Develop knowledge and practical skills in the use of experimental techniques/protocols relevant to the project.
- Develop skills in producing a literature review, collecting data and carrying out data analysis.
- Develop written and oral presentation skills.
Transferable skills and personal qualities
- Demonstrate independent thought
- Develop self-management project skills (e.g. time management, prioritisation of tasks)
- Communicate ideas and data both orally and in written form
- Demonstrate critical appraisal, statistical analysis and literature review skills
Feedback provided electronically following submission and marking.
Projects available across a range of relevant disciplines, the majority are expected to be clinical or educational and directly related to current and future practice for physician associates. However research and literature based (e.g. systematic review) work may be undertaken in other disciplines according to supervisor experience and student preferences. The bulk of reading will be drawn from the primary literature for each project and therefore it is difficult to produce an indicative reading list for all projects. We will refer students to relevant texts for their project (e.g. review articles, statistics, presentation skills etc.).
|Scheduled activity hours|
|Work based learning||75|
|Independent study hours|
|Drew Tarmey||Unit coordinator|