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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 offers 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:

  • Satisfactory engagement with a topic of your choice
  • Work cooperatively and respectfully with colleagues / patients / peers
  • 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 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 symposia will mainly be delivered in Southampton and will be delivered on Friday afternoons from January to July. 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 with special needs will be enabled to access SSU syllabus as fully as possible

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) 2. Cardiology 3. Child Development & Disability 4. Clinical Genetics 5. Clinical Haematology & Blood Transfusion 6. Critical Care 7. Diabetes & Endocrinology 8. Gastroenterology/Hepatology 9. Ophthalmology 10. Palliative Care and Oncology 11. Renal 12. Respiratory medicine 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 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 Modern language courses are delivered by the Faculty of Humanities and follow a 24 week module format. Language courses delivered each year will depend upon the number and fluency of the students. Courses can be offered at a range of competences in: • French • Spanish • Other languages may be offered from time to time depending upon student interest such as German or Mandarin Chinese Language teaching is divided into stages 1, 2 and 3: 1. For complete beginners and those with a weak GCSE pass 2. For students with a good GCSE 3. For students with good AS 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

Independent Study122.5
Total study time187.5

Resources & Reading list



Assessment Strategy

An assessment will be completed for each student at the end of each unit. However the summative assessment will be based solely on professionalism and communication. 1. Engagement and professional attendance at taught component of the unit. This includes student attendance but also the student’s handling of any episodes of non-attendance (Summative) 2. Individual SSU are assessed according to a range of methods selected according to the content of the course. For example; modern language students will be assessed according to the modular criteria of the language course, and small courses will be required to complete and submit or present a reflective summary of their learning or a clinical case summary. ( Formative).


Individual reflective learning portfolio report


MethodPercentage contribution
Attendance and engagement 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Supplementary activity %

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

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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