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MEE8078 : Current Educational Issues

  • Offered for Year: 2023/24
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Fiona Clarke
  • Lecturer: Dr Anusia Sivaratnam, Dr Philip White, Dr Gwyndaf Roberts, Dr Anthony Codd, Dr Sonia Bussey, Dr Heidi Bateman, Dr David Thewlis, Dr Sophie Hill, Ms Poongothai Shanmugaraja, Dr Richard Bregazzi, Dr Bryan Burford
  • Owning School: School of Medical Education
  • Teaching Location: Off Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0
European Credit Transfer System


•To encourage students to explore socio-cultural, historical and political influences on health care education
•To generate critical awareness of current trends in clinical / medical education


This module aims to raise students’ awareness of various influences (e.g. political, socio-cultural and historical factors) on current practices and trends in health care education. Students will develop their ability to question assumptions underlying such practices and initiatives. Students will have the opportunity to explore differing perspectives and draw conclusions for their own practice and the literature.

Outline Of Syllabus

‘Fashions’ and trends in health care education.
Academic argument
The wider educational context i.e. comparison with other professions and education generally.
Socio-cultural, political and historical influences on health care education illustrated with current examples.
Examples will be regularly updated and reflect current national and international interests for medical education.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion180:0080:00Preparatory work for assessments
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading310:0030:00Individual and group activities
Guided Independent StudyReflective learning activity14:004:00Induction to the module
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study150:0050:00Staff-supported online discussion forum
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study110:0010:00Preparation for online group tutorial
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesScheduled on-line contact time38:0024:00Subject strands
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesScheduled on-line contact time12:002:00Online group tutorial
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The module content is delivered within three strands, where each strand introduces a core concept of the module. The strands will cover: academic argument, identifying educational dilemmas that are contemporary and utilising literature within social sciences.

Within the three strands, exercises will allow exploration of relevant influences and critical appraisal skills; online discussion and debate will allow consideration of different perspectives. Private study with guided reading should enable students to develop a deeper understanding of relevant issues, trends and influences. Online discussion groups will occur within each strand and provide further opportunities to test ideas and to debate varying perspectives. Attendance at selected conferences or symposia will be encouraged in order to allow students to explore up-to-date thinking and educational trends in areas of specific personal interest. Group tutorials will be offered to support students in the preparation of their assignments.

Optional present-in-person study day (repeated and recorded online) will be offered. Although this is an online programme, there may be additional opportunities to attend optional on campus events. For any on campus opportunity an online equivalent session will also be offered.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise2A40Review and critique of current educational issue in the form of a 500 word abstract, including supporting evidence and references
Oral Examination2A60Pre-recorded 10-minute oral presentation on a current educational issue topic chosen by the student. Max 15 min Q and A session
Formative Assessments

Formative Assessment is an assessment which develops your skills in being assessed, allows for you to receive feedback, and prepares you for being assessed. However, it does not count to your final mark.

Description Semester When Set Comment
Written exercise2MStudents will gain formative feedback on the quality of their assignment idea and on their written proposal
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The assessment components will require a substantial period of preparation, as it will include a significant review of current literature, its historical roots and analysis of the findings before the assessment can be prepared. The provision of a succinct written abstract will allow further assessment of the scholarship on which the presentation is based (e.g. appropriate use of literature) and addressing the knowledge outcomes. These assessments model real-life demands on practitioners engaged in professional and academic debate.
The ability to identify contemporary issues within health care education and succinctly capture the various influences and dilemmas will be judged via the written document. The ability to present varying perspectives and implications for personal practice will be assessed via oral presentation, recorded on Panopto, and submitted at the same time as the written work. The ability to debate and respond to questioning as well as address the skills outcomes, will be assessed via the question and answer meeting.

The formative assessment will consist of small exercises that guide the students towards and prepare them for the summative assessment. The formative assessments will comprise of online discussion & short (no more than 200 words) written submissions where they will receive written and /or verbal feedback and more detailed feedback (verbal and written on their chosen ‘current educational issue’ within the group tutorial.

Reading Lists