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CMB2009 : Clinical Skills

Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


This module aims to provide an introduction to basic clinical skills. The module should provide a foundation in conjunction with CMB2007 (Human Anatomy) in these areas for bioscience students who plan to study medicine

Outline Of Syllabus

This module consists of clinical and communication skills at the heart of medical training. The ability to gather information from a patient and perform physical examination of the patient is an essential requirement of clinical practice. Clinical skills will also require the application of acquired basic anatomical and clinical knowledge. The format of each session comprises a brief scene-setting introduction followed by practice on models, manikins and/or each other supervised by the tutor. All clinical skills procedures have the following components: the basic procedure, the associated communication skill, the anatomical and basic knowledge that underpins the skill and the professional attitudes that allow you to use the clinical skill appropriately and competently.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture21:002:00Introduction and guidance in writing reflections (sync-online)
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical52:0010:00Clinical Skills Lab - PIP
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities52:0010:00Preparation for lab sessions (online tutorials and reading)
Guided Independent StudyReflective learning activity55:0025:00Reflective writing and portfolio preparation
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study153:0053:00Additional reading; consolidation of learning
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The lectures support students, providing an introduction and overview of the module followed by guidance in how to write a reflective submission. Students will complete preparatory work using online tutorials and additional reading. The clinical skills lab sessions enable students to observe and perform key clinical skills. The practical nature of the module enables students to reflect upon how they might approach situations differently. Students will be expected to interact during and contribute to practical sessions to demonstrate their understanding and abilities. Formative and peer feedback of written work will progress students’ reflective written abilities and provide a portable portfolio of experience to help them prepare for their future medical studies.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Portfolio2M75Submission of three 500-word reflective pieces as a portfolio
Prof skill assessmnt2M25Professionalism and competence assessment
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The use of a portfolio to record experiences following each skills lab, enables a reflective and rich method for assessing learning outcomes. The portfolio of reflection will contain three of the five written reflective pieces prepared by the student. Students will benefit from peer and formative feedback for two written pieces in order to develop their writing and reflective skills prior to portfolio submission. Students will choose which three of their five reflections they will submit as their portfolio. The professionalism and competence assessment reflects the vocational and professional nature of a clinical subject and will involves signing off of attendance at, and validation of their contribution to the lab sessions.

FMS Schools offering Semester One modules available as ‘Study Abroad’ will, where required, provide an alternative assessment time for examinations that take place after the Christmas vacation. Coursework with submissions dates after the Christmas vacation will either be submitted at an earlier date or at the same time remotely.

The form of assessment will not vary from the original.

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