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DIP (PD) Academic Medicine/Dentistry

Academic Year 2016/17

A programme specification is required for any programme on which a student may be registered. All programmes of the University are subject to the University's Quality Assurance and Enhancement processes as set out in the DASA Policies and Procedures Manual.

Programme Title

DIP (PD) Academic Medicine/Dentistry

Final Award
(exit route if applicable for Postgraduate Taught Programmes)

Postgraduate Diploma

Programme Code

MED-PD-AM

UCAS Code

JACS Code

A300 (DESCR) 100

Criteria for Admissions

A medical or dental degree and acceptance on to the Northern Ireland Medical and Dental Training Agency Academic Foundation programme.

For further information refer to:

Course handbook
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences
Postgraduate & Professional Development Office
Whitla Medical Building
97 Lisburn Road
Belfast BT9 7BL

www.qub.ac.uk/schools/mdbs/

Tel: +44 (0) 28 9097 2615

Email: pgoffice.smdb@qub.ac.uk

Northern Ireland Medical and Dental Training Agency
42 Beechill Road
Belfast
BT8 7RL

http://www.nimdta.gov.uk/foundation-training/programme-information/acad-fp/

ATAS Clearance Required

No

Health Check Required

No

Portfolio Required

Interview Required

Mode of Study

Part Time

Type of Programme

Postgraduate

Length of Programme

2 Academic Year(s)

Total Credits for Programme

120

Exit Awards available

INSTITUTE INFORMATION

Awarding Institution/Body

Queen's University Belfast

Teaching Institution

Queen's University Belfast

School/Department

Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences

Framework for Higher Education Qualification Level 
http://www.qaa.ac.uk/publications/information-and-guidance

Level 7

QAA Benchmark Group
http://www.qaa.ac.uk/assuring-standards-and-quality/the-quality-code/subject-benchmark-statements

Accreditations (PSRB)

Date of most recent Accreditation Visit

External Examiner Name:

External Examiner Institution/Organisation

Associate Professor Adrian Smith

University of Oxford

REGULATION INFORMATION

Does the Programme have any approved exemptions from the University General Regulations
(Please see General Regulations)

No

Programme Specific Regulations

1. The Certificate is taken during the Academic Foundation Year 2 research placement and is currently a 4 month full-time attachment.
2. Students must achieve an overall pass mark in the compulsory module to be awarded the Certificate.
3. Students must have successfully completed the module Academic Medicine/Dentistry Training and Research in order to progress to Diploma.
4. The Diploma consists of a Research Project undertaken on a part-time basis.
5. Students who fail a module may re-submit their extended abstract/research paper within six weeks.
6. Students who fail any module twice may not be permitted to progress and will normally be required to withdraw. All decisions on progress will be made by the Board of Examiners. Candidates who have passed the first module but who subsequently fail the Research Project may be awarded the Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Medicine/Dentistry.
7. For mark scales please refer to the Queen’s University Regulations for the Examination of Postgraduate Taught Courses:
http://www.qub.ac.uk/directorates/AcademicAffairs/GeneralRegulations/StudyRegulations/StudyRegulationsforPostgraduateTaughtProgrammes/13RegulationsfortheExaminationofPostgraduateTaughtCourses/

Students with protected characteristics

None

Are students subject to Fitness to Practise Regulations

(Please see General Regulations)

Yes
Students will all be qualified doctors or dentists and subject to the GMC/GDC Fitness to Practise regulations.

EDUCATIONAL AIMS OF PROGRAMME

1. To equip students with the knowledge and skills to understand the principles of academic medicine.
2. To provide students with the opportunity to participate in original and high quality research.
3. To develop students' skills in critical analysis of the scientific literature and scientific writing of research articles.
4. To mentor students in the skills required to produce high quality research proposals.
5. To expand students' capacity for self-directed and life-long learning.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Learning Outcomes: Cognitive Skills

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Analyze and interpret experimental data.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Seminars; supervision; guided self directed learning.

Methods of Assessment

Extended abstract/research paper, presentations and research project.

Adopt various research approaches and combine information from different sources to develop a research plan.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Seminars; supervision; guided self directed learning.

Methods of Assessment

Extended abstract, presentations.

Evaluate ethical issues in research.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Seminars; supervision; guided self directed learning.

Methods of Assessment

Extended abstract/research paper, presentations and research project.

Learning Outcomes: Transferable Skills

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Critically evaluate scientific literature.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Seminars; supervision; guided self directed learning; small group learning.

Methods of Assessment

Extended abstract/research paper, presentations and research project.

Apply analytical, numerical and creative thinking skills.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Seminars; supervision; guided self directed learning; small group learning.

Methods of Assessment

Extended abstract/research paper, presentations and research project.

Work independently and take responsibility for own learning.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Seminars; supervision; guided self directed learning; small group learning.

Methods of Assessment

Extended abstract/research paper, presentations and research project.

Demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills including the presentation of scientific information.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Seminars; supervision; guided self directed learning; small group learning.

Methods of Assessment

Extended abstract/research paper, presentations and research project.

Manage time effectively and prioritize tasks.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Seminars; supervision; guided self directed learning; small group learning.

Methods of Assessment

Extended abstract/research paper, presentations and research project.

Develop own knowledge and skills and contribute to the development of others, through active participation in teamwork and group learning opportunities.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Seminars; supervision; guided self directed learning; small group learning.

Methods of Assessment

Extended abstract/research paper, presentations and research project.

Use information technology in particular the recording of information and data retrieval.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Seminars; supervision; guided self directed learning; small group learning.

Methods of Assessment

Extended abstract/research paper, presentations and research project.

Apply scientific research principles and audit.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Seminars; supervision; guided self directed learning; small group learning.

Methods of Assessment

Extended abstract/research paper, presentations and research project.

Develop relevant IT skills for the generation of research figures of publication standard.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Seminars; supervision; guided self directed learning; small group learning.

Methods of Assessment

Research project.

Develop scientific writing skills in order to communicate the research findings in a publication format.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Seminars; supervision; guided self directed learning; small group learning.

Methods of Assessment

Research project.

Learning Outcomes: Knowledge & Understanding

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Critically analyse and discuss principles of academic medicine/dentistry and how they can be applied in the clinical arena.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Seminars; supervision; guided self directed learning.

Methods of Assessment

Oral presentations and extended abstract/research paper.

Discuss experimental approaches, techniques and design in academic medicine/dentistry.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Seminars; supervision; guided self directed learning.

Methods of Assessment

Oral presentations and extended abstract.

Critically evaluate current scientific literature.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Seminars; supervision; guided self directed learning.

Methods of Assessment

Oral presentations and extended abstract/research paper.

Discuss research ethics and correctly apply established principles and legislation to all areas of research.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Seminars; supervision; guided self directed learning.

Methods of Assessment

Oral presentations and extended abstract.

Learning Outcomes: Subject Specific

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Critically analyse research approaches in their chosen discipline.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Seminars; supervision; guided self directed learning.

Methods of Assessment

Oral presentations and extended abstract/research paper.

Explain techniques that will underpin the research design of their research project.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Seminars; supervision; guided self directed learning.

Methods of Assessment

Oral presentations and extended abstract/research paper.

Develop and present a proposal for their research project.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Seminars; supervision; guided self directed learning.

Methods of Assessment

Oral presentations and extended abstract.

Write an extended abstract.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Seminars; supervision; guided self directed learning.

Methods of Assessment

Extended abstract.

Present the findings of their research in a research paper format.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Seminars; supervision; guided self directed learning.

Methods of Assessment

Research paper.

Discuss the factors that contribute to a high quality academic medicine/dentistry research project.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Seminars; supervision; guided self directed learning.

Methods of Assessment

Oral presentations and extended abstract/research paper.

MODULE INFORMATION

Programme Requirements

Module Title

Module Code

Level/ stage

Credits

Availability

Duration

Pre-requisite

 

Assessment

 

 

 

 

S1

S2

 

 

Core

Option

Coursework %

Practical %

Examination %

Academic Medicine/Dentistry Training and Research

SCM8099

7

60

16 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Research Project in Academic Medicine/Dentistry

SCM8100

7

60

52 weeks

N

YES

80%

20%

0%

Notes

SCM8099 prerequisite: acceptance onto the Northern Ireland Medical and Dental Agency Academic Foundation programme.
Please note that SCM8099 has three start dates in September, February and April to fit with Foundation Training placement dates. SCM8100 is undertaken over a year.