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MEDI0010 Professional Practice 2

Module Overview

This module will enable you to build on your learning in PPI as it is constructed in a similar format. As in PPI you will produce a portfolio of your placement experiences and project work. In particular this module will develop your understanding of the organization of health care (primarily in the UK), the different factors that influence health and illness and ethical issues in medicine. You will further develop your understanding of IT, information retrieval and basic statistics and their application in health care.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Describe some of the social, psychological, biological and environmental factors which influence health and illness
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of recent reorganisations, especially in relation to improving quality standards & access to appropriate care
  • Reflect on experiences and link experiences to theory
  • Demonstrate a concern for the interests and dignity of patients
  • Analyse the interaction between factors that influence health and illness
  • Describe basic statistical concepts, analyse data and perform appropriate statistical tests applied to a health care context
  • Demonstrate basic application of epidemiological data in a healthcare context
  • Further demonstrate appropriate application of key IT skills
  • Access and use a range of resources in both electronic and paper format
  • Identify possible ethical issues in health care
  • Assess how ethical challenges are addressed by health professionals
  • Demonstrate a broad overview of the organisation & funding of health care


This module is designed around 3 projects, the topics being: • The organisation of health care • Factors that influence health and illness • Ethical issues in health care In order to meet the learning outcomes, the syllabus will contain teaching in the following areas: • The Organisation of Health Care International perspectives on health and health organisations. The reorganisation of the NHS, funding and planning in the NHS. Differences in service provision, needs assessment and performance indicators. Private health care. Quality audit and quality assurance measures in practice. Organisation of primary care. • Factors that Influence Health and Illness Range of causes and patterns of ill health. Range of factors that influence health and illness. Inequalities in health. Stress, illness and coping. Factors influencing mental health. Preventative medicine and education. Pain and pain management. • Ethical Issues in Health Care Codes of conduct, “duties of a doctor”. The principles of medical ethics. Patient confidentiality. Informed consent. Ethical issues of end of life decisions. Social and ethical implications of “The New Genetics”. • Numeracy, Statistics and IT Introduction to statistics: statistical principles, descriptive statistics and basic statistical tests. Measures of central tendency, measures of dispersion, data types, methods of data presentation, probability, hypothesis testing and application of statistical tests. Basic principles of epidemiology and their application in healthcare • Information Retrieval Further development of skills in information retrieval from medical databases 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 • Guided self-study • Problem solving • Role play • Projects • Group work • portfolios • eLearning • Patient based learning • Health care placements • Symposium • Reflective writing • Peer and self-evaluation

Completion of assessment task72
Wider reading or practice37
Practical classes and workshops3
Follow-up work80
Preparation for scheduled sessions80
Total study time375

Resources & Reading list

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

Petrie A, Sabin C. (2009). Medical Statistics at a glance. 


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


Statistics Test


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


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

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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