The aim of the Student Selected Unit (SSU) is to introduce an element of choice into the Third Year curriculum to widen the experience of the student.. Students must undertake two Special Study Units to fulfill the requirements of this module.
The specific learning outcomes and assessment of individual SSU courses will vary.
Aims and Objectives
Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:
- Effective communication with patients and/ or colleagues and teachers
- Work cooperatively and respectfully with colleagues / patients / peers
- Take responsibility for your own learning and your continuing professional development
Students may undertake a course in modern languages or participate in a variety of symposia some of which will be clinical, whilst others will explore key areas of the humanities, a range of biomedical, psychological and social sciences. The final list of topics that will be included will vary from year to year depending upon the availability and interests of the teaching faculty.
The module will be taught through a range of learning and teaching strategies which might include:
- Tutor led tutorials
- Practical sessions
- Guided self-study
- Problem solving scenarios
- Role play
- Group work
- Study packs
- Patient based learning
Learning and Teaching
Teaching and learning methods
Students will have a choice of two single small SSU courses or a large single modern language course. Small SSUs are divided into those with direct patient contact so called “hands on” SSU and another without direct patient contact a “thoughts on” SSU.
The precise units available vary according to student preference and availability of teaching faculty but the following are indicative of the sort of topics that will be on offer.
Hands on courses are those with direct patient contact or clinical material as a dominant part of teaching methods. Examples include:
1.Accident & Emergency/Intensive Care (combined SSU)
3.Child Development & Disability
5.Clinical Haematology & Blood Transfusion
7.Diabetes & Endocrinology
10.Palliative Care and Oncology
Thoughts on courses may also have a significant focus on clinical medicine, but teaching methods may differ, they also involve courses in social sciences and humanities. Examples include:
1.Communication & Counselling skills
2.A Journey Working With Diversity
3.Anatomy of Clinical Practice
4.Complementary Medicine Familiarisation
6.Ethical Theory and Philosophy
8.Homelessness, drugs & crime
9.Medicine and Spirituality
10.Mental Illness and the Movies
12.Social Aspects of Child Development
Languages offered may include:
- Other languages may be offered from time to time depending upon student interest such as German or Mandarin Chinese
Please see Blackboard for the up to date details of the types and stages available for the language courses and their suitability according to your previous experience
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Resources & Reading list
An assessment will be completed for each student at the end of each unit. Individual SSUs are assessed according to a range of methods selected according to the content of the course.
The summative assessment will be based solely on professionalism and engagement
This is how we’ll formally assess what you have learned in this module.
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This is how we’ll assess you if you don’t meet the criteria to pass this module.
Repeat type: Internal