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MEDI3047 Student Selected Unit 3

Module Overview

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. The clinical attachments in year three contain the core curriculum, whereas the SSU offer the opportunity to explore topics of interest in more breadth and depth.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

Students must undertake two Special Study Units to fulfil the requirements of this module. The specific learning outcomes of the wide ranging SSU course will vary according to the particular content and their structure and teaching style. On completion students will be able to map learnt skills to the GMC’s ‘Outcomes for Graduates’.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Awareness of the variety of clinical responsibility and role of the doctor, respect all patients and colleagues [3.1b, 3.1d]
  • Effective communication with patients and/ or colleagues and teachers [2.3a, 2.3b]
  • Take responsibility for your own learning and your continuing professional development [3.2b]


Students will participate in a variety of symposia some of which will be clinical, whilst others will explore key areas of the humanities, modern languages, and a range of biomedical, psychological and social sciences. The final list of topics that will be included is still under consideration and will vary from year to year depending upon the availability and interests of the teaching faculty. The symposia will mainly be delivered in Southampton. Some courses may lend themselves to being video-conferenced to Kassel where parallel small group discussion groups will be held. Each SSU will consist of a series of eight consecutive Friday afternoons. Students will undertake one unit during their Medicine & Elderly Care module and one during their Surgery & Orthopaedics module (total of 2 units). 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 • Projects • Group work • Portfolios • Study packs • eLearning • Patient based learning

Special Features

Students requiring special considerations will be assessed on an individual basis and appropriate adjustment made

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

SSU courses are divided into three groups: A, B and C. • Group A hands on clinical SSU courses are those with direct patient contact or clinical material as a dominant part of teaching methods. • Group B thoughts on clinical SSU courses may also have a significant focus on clinical medicine, but teaching methods may differ, they also involve courses in social sciences and humanities. • Group C courses require the students to attend for both SSU teaching blocks in the third year. At present these are confined to the study of modern languages. Students will have a choice of two single unit courses, one from group A and one from group B, or could choose a double unit course instead from group C. The precise units available vary from year to year (and term to term) but the following are indicative of the sort of topics that will be on offer: Group A – Hands on clinical SSU 1. Accident & Emergency/Intensive Care (combined SSU) 2. Cardiology 3. Child Development & Disability 4. Clinical Genetics 5. Clinical Haematology & Blood Transfusion 6. Critical Care 7. Diabetes & Endocrinology – Health and hormones 8. Ophthalmology 9. Palliative Care and Oncology 10. 11. Respiratory medicine Group B - Thoughts on clinical SSU 1. Communication & Counselling skills 2. A Journey Working With Diversity 3. Anatomy of Clinical Practice 4. Complementary Medicine Familiarisation 5. Diagnostic Pathology 6. Ethical Theory and Philosophy 7. Global Health 8. Homelessness, drugs & crime 9. Medicine and Spirituality 10. Mental Illness and the Movies 11. Mindfulness 12. Social Aspects of Child Development Group C - Modern languages • Spanish • French • German Modern languages are taught at beginner, GCSE and AS level levels and cater for students with experience up to but not including A level language skills. The teaching is delivered and assessed according to existing modern languages modules.

Independent Study107.5
Total study time187.5

Resources & Reading list



Assessment Strategy

An assessment will be completed for each student at the end of each unit. This will comprise of three parts 1. Professional attendance at taught component of the unit. This includes student attendance but also the student’s handling of any episodes of non-attendance 2. A reflective summary of learning such as a clinical case scenario outlining individual learning points or a reflective learning summary. The format of this assessment will differ depending on the course. 3. Students will map their own learning to the GMC’s outcomes for graduates 4. The assessment for Modern Languages SSU will reflect existing language modules and entails written, listening and oral assessments and examinations. Students will need to refer in the module either due to unsatisfactory attendance, or due to failing the assessment or both. There are minimum attendance requirements for UOSM or language modules are determined by that module. Student who fail to achieve this minimum will be required undertake supplementary activity. For other SSU courses students who have failed to attend more than 3 sessions of each course will be required to undertaken supplementary assessment as determined by the module lead. This would normally be a piece of written work chosen by the module lead. Unsatisfactory performance in the supplementary period will mean the module is failed and the student cannot progress.


MethodPercentage contribution
Mandatory attendance %
Reflective summary 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Mandatory attendance %
Reflective summary %

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal


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:

Travel Costs for placements

Students pay £100 per year to the Faculty to cover any travel costs incurred

Students pay £100 per year to the Faculty to cover any travel costs incurred

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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