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MEDI6083 Work Based Learning in Allergy

Module Overview

This module is designed to offer you a unique and flexible approach to learning. It will provide you with opportunities for personal and professional development according to your individual learning needs. The module will allow you to gain academic credit for the knowledge and skills, further developed through your studies, that you put into practice in your professional/working lives.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

To give you the opportunity to observe (or reflect upon your own) allergy management in practice and translate the knowledge that you have gained during your studies into improving your professional practice.

Learning Outcomes

Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Act autonomously in planning and implementing tasks at a professional level.
Disciplinary Specific Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Identify and analyse a clear rationale for the extensive examination of a topic or issue related to your area of practice.
  • Select appropriate allergy-related clinical cases and evaluate their presentation, history, examination, investigations, management and outcome.
  • Discuss clinical cases in context with a wide range of relevant literature and write up cases to publication standard.
Cognitive Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Interpret diagnostic information from clinical scenarios.
  • Critically appraise and synthesise an extensive range of evidence pertinent to the topic you wish to explore.
  • Reflect on your professional practice in light of your experience during this module.


Online supportive material accessed electronically through the MSc Allergy website and facilitated on-line will be provided to identify: • The module philosophy and purpose • Library and IT induction where required • The construction of a learning contract • Assessment advice and choice • Agree the time scale and future support

Special Features

This is a virtual module that allows you to develop and undertake a translatable project relevant to your professional practice. In addition, you will develop translatable skills for writing case histories that will allow you to pass on your education to junior colleagues.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

During the module you will develop a professional portfolio consisting of two parts. One part focuses on clinical experience. You will explore how allergic diseases are handled through history taking, examining and diagnosing a patient, and formulating their management plan. You may choose to develop your knowledge from patients in your own clinic or institution, or by attending clinics elsewhere. These clinics can be for either adults or children, in primary care or outpatient departments, or they may involve observing diagnostic procedures such as skin prick testing or food challenges. In addition, you will have the opportunity to translate your knowledge gained through your studies into your practice by undertaking a work-based task. As a student, you have a significant amount of theoretical knowledge and, by seeing allergy healthcare provision through approved diagnosis and management schemes in practice, you will be able to identify novel areas to explore in your own workplace. Additional learning and teaching methods include e-learning resources, self-directed learning and one-to-one tutorial support from the Module Leader, available in person or via telephone, e-mail or Skype. Group support will be available via online tutorials.

Independent Study242
Total study time250

Resources & Reading list

Bowling, A. (2005). Handbook Of Health Research Methods: Investigation, Measurement And Analysis. 

Turning research into practice (TRIP searchable database).

Turning research into practice (TRIP searchable database).

Bowling, A. (2009). Research Methods in Health: Investigating Health and Health Services. 

e-Books. There are many e-books available from the University of Southampton library in both allergy and related academic subjects (e.g. reflection, study skills, communication skills). Access the online site:

BMJ Search archive.

Netting the evidence A ScHARR into to evidence based practice on the internet.


Assessment Strategy

The assessment for the module provides you with the opportunity to demonstrate achievement of the learning outcomes. There will be two assessed components, i) Clinical Case Reports, ii) Task, Evaluation and Report. The pass mark for the module and all assessed components is 50%.


MethodPercentage contribution
Clinical Case Reports  (2400 words) 50%
Work Based Learning Task, Evaluation and Report  (1500 words) 50%


MethodPercentage contribution
Clinical Case Reports  (2400 words) 50%
Work Based Learning Task, Evaluation and Report  (1500 words) 50%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & 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:


Computer: It is advisable that students provide their own laptop or personal computer, although shared facilities are available across the University campus.

Webcams: It is advisable that students provide their own webcam and microphone (integrated or USB/standalone) to take full advantage of the online support offered during the module.

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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