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MEDI6083 Work Based Learning in Allergy

Module Overview

This module is designed to offer practitioners a different and flexible approach to learning. It will provide you with opportunities for personal and professional development according to your individual learning needs whether as continuing professional development as part of your study programme. It will allow you to gain academic credit for the knowledge and skills you are currently developing and using in your workplace

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

To give you the opportunity to observe or reflect upon your own allergy management in practice and translate the knowledge that you have gained during your studies into improving your professional practice. You will demonstrate autonomy and innovation through negotiating a learning contract

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • Identify and analyse a clear rationale for the extensive examination of a topic or issue related to your area of practice
  • Select appropriate allergy-related clinical cases and evaluate their presentation, history, examination, investigations, management and outcome.
  • Discuss clinical cases in context with a wide range of relevant literature and write up cases to publication standard.
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Act autonomously in planning and implementing tasks at a professional level
  • Develop skills relating to lifelong professional learning
  • Improve communication skills.
Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Interpret diagnostic information from clinical scenarios
  • Critically appraise and synthesise an extensive range of evidence pertinent to the topic you wish to explore.
  • Reflect on your professional practice in light of your experience during this module
  • Construct a learning outcome that is bespoke to your chosen topic and propose an appropriate assessment.


Online supportive material accessed electronically through the MSc Allergy website and facilitated on-line will be provided to identify: • The module philosophy and purpose • Library and IT induction where required • The construction of a learning contract • Assessment advice and choice • Agree the time scale and future support

Special Features

This module allows you to develop and undertake a translatable project relevant to your professional practice. In addition, you will develop translatable skills for writing case histories that will allow you to pass on your education to junior colleagues

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Initially, part one of the module focuses on clinical experience. Through clinical attendances, you will be able to see how allergic diseases are treated, and to observe an experienced allergist taking a history, examining and diagnosing a patient, and formulating their management plan. You may choose to develop your knowledge through attending clinics that cater for either adults or children, and these clinics can be outpatient department based, or may involve observing diagnostic procedures such as skin prick testing or food challenges. After completion of part one, you will have the opportunity to translate your knowledge gained through your studies into your practice. As a student, you have a significant amount of theoretical knowledge and we know from experience that seeing allergy healthcare provision through approved diagnosis and management schemes in practice, you will be able to identify novel areas to explore in your workplace. Additional methods include e-learning resources, self-directed learning and tutorial support from the Module Leader, available via e-mail

Independent Study250
Total study time250

Resources & Reading list

Bowling, A. (2005). Handbook Of Health Research Methods: Investigation, Measurement And Analysis. 

Over 41 Allergy.

Turning research into practice (TRIP searchable database).

Bowling, A. (2009). Research Methods in Health: Investigating Health and Health Services. 

BMJ Search archive.

Netting the evidence A ScHARR into to evidence based practice on the internet.

Turning research into practice (TRIP searchable database).


Assessment Strategy

The assessment for the module provides you with the opportunity to demonstrate achievement of the learning outcomes. There will be two assessed components, i) Clinical Case Reports, ii) Task, Evaluation and Report. The pass mark for the module and all assessed components is 50%. If you do not achieve the pass mark on this module by achieving 50% or more in all components, you may still pass by compensation. To do this, you must achieve a qualifying mark of 40% on each assessed component. Each of the component marks is then combined, using the appropriate weighting, to give an overall mark for the module. If this overall mark is greater than or equal to 50% you will have passed the module. If your overall mark is less than 50% when the weighting has been applied to the components, you will have failed the module. If you have not achieved 40% or more on all components, you cannot use compensation and have failed the module. If you have failed the module, you will have the opportunity to submit work at the next referral (re-sit) opportunity for all components where you have not achieved the pass mark. Marks for components which were passed will be carried forward. You must achieve the pass mark in all referred components. On passing your referrals, your final module mark will be capped at 50%. You will complete a Professional Portfolio, the specific details of which will be agreed with the Module Leader in your learning contract, comprising two assessed components. In completing both parts of the Professional Portfolio you must demonstrate the evidence for having achieved the learning outcomes contained within your learning contract


MethodPercentage contribution
Clinical Case Reports 50%
Work Based Learning Task, Evaluation and Report 50%


MethodPercentage contribution
Clinical Case Reports 50%
Work Based Learning Task, Evaluation and Report 50%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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