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MEDI0009 Professional Practice 1

Module Overview

Professional Practice I will enable you to understand and experience the practice of medicine through work placements and classroom based sessions in order to help you evaluate and reflect on these experiences and to apply current literature to practice. The module is designed around 3 projects; The roles of health care professionals; Communication in health care: The media medicine. You will be introduced to aspects of health sociology and psychology as applied to medicine and also develop your skills in numeracy, IT and information retrieval.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Describe basic concepts in health psychology and sociology
  • Demonstrate understanding of different roles of health professionals
  • Evaluate the rationale and issues of health professionals working together
  • Reflect on experiences and link experiences to current literature
  • Demonstrate a concern for the interests and dignity of patients
  • Apply basic concepts in health psychology and sociology
  • Identify methods of effective communication in health care settings
  • Evaluate issues in communication in health care settings
  • Discuss the role of the media in medicine
  • Perform accurate drug calculations
  • Access and use a range of resources in both electronic and paper format
  • Demonstrate appropriate application of key IT skills
  • Demonstrate some understanding of the values and ethics of the health professions


This module is designed around 3 projects, the topics being: • Understanding the roles of health care professionals • Communication in health care • The media and medicine In order to meet the learning outcomes, the syllabus will contain teaching in the following areas: • Understanding the role of health care professionals Definitions and models of health. The relevance of sociology and psychology to the study of health and illness. Indicators of good health individually and nationally and types of complementary medicine. Roles and training of different professionals and trends in health care. Medicine as a profession and challenges to the medical profession. Interprofessional working and effective team working. • Communication Modes and importance of communication and effective communication in health care contexts. Doctor patient interactions and inter-health professional interactions. Patient adherence and health behaviours. Health promotion as a government strategy. The relationship between health promotion, prevention and education. • The Media and Medicine Range of media engaged in issues. Advantages and disadvantages of media engagement in issues and the implications for health care professionals and their training. Implications of media engagement on patients’ expectations, knowledge and understanding and issues such as stigma. • Numeracy Basic numeracy, rearranging equations, drug dosages, dilutions, concentration, volume and amount, molar calculations. • Information retrieval Referencing, introduction to information retrieval from medical databases. Introduction to library and on-line resources.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

The module will be taught through a range of learning and teaching strategies which will include: • Lectures • Tutor led tutorials • Guided self-study • Problem solving • Role play • Projects • Group work • portfolios • eLearning • Patient based learning • Healthcare placements • Reflective writing • Peer and self-evaluation

Preparation for scheduled sessions72
Follow-up work72
Completion of assessment task72
Wider reading or practice45
Total study time375

Resources & Reading list

Lapham R, Agar H. (2009). Drug Calculations for Nurses. A step-by-step approach. 

Alder B, Porter M, Abraham C, van Teijlingen E. (2009). Psychology & Sociology Applied to Medicine. 


Assessment Strategy

There are both coursework (portfolio) and examination components to this module. Both components must be passed. There can be no compensation between components but there can be compensation within each component. Students are normally required to only resubmit the failed elements of the portfolio in a supplementary assessment. Students are not normally permitted to repeat the year


Numeracy tests


MethodPercentage contribution
Examination  (1 hours) 20%
Portfolio  (3000 words) 64%
Presentation 16%


MethodPercentage contribution
Examination  (1 hours) 20%
Portfolio  (3000 words) 80%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: External


Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:

Books and Stationery equipment

Students may wish to purchase their own copies of key texts

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

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