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MEDI6110 Work Based Learning in Diabetes

Module Overview

This module is designed to offer practitioners a different and flexible approach to learning. It will provide you with opportunities for personal and professional development according to your individual learning needs whether as continuing professional development as part of your study programme. It will allow you to gain academic credit for the knowledge and skills you are currently developing and using in your workplace

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

To give you the opportunity to observe diabetes management in practice, and translate the knowledge that you have gained during your studies into improving your professional practice. You will demonstrate autonomy and innovation through negotiating a learning contract

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • Evaluating the presentation, history, examination, investigations, management, and outcome of clinical cases.
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Evaluate and reflect on your current practice in light of the findings.
  • Critically appraise and synthesise evidence, utilising specialist knowledge and an extensive range of evidence pertinent to the discipline/practice
  • Analyse and synthesise a clear rationale for the extensive examination of a topic or issue related to your area of practice
  • Critically reflect on professional practice, demonstrating autonomy, innovation and initiative.
Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Develop a learning outcome that is bespoke to your chosen topic


Online supportive material accessed electronically through the MSc Diabetes Best Practice 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 module enables 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

Initially, part one of the module focuses on clinical experience. Through clinical attendances, you will be able to see how diabetes is treated, and to observe an experienced diabetes specialist team taking a history, examining and diagnosing a patient, and formulating their management plan. You may choose to develop your knowledge through attending clinics that cater for either adults or children in outpatient departments. Part two provides you with the opportunity to translate your knowledge gained through your studies into your practice. As a student, you have a significant amount of theoretical knowledge and we know from experience that seeing diabetes healthcare provision through approved diagnosis and management schemes in practice, you will be able to identify novel areas to explore in your workplace. Additional methods include e-learning resources, self-directed learning and tutorial support from the Module Leader, available via e-mail

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).

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


BMJ Search archive.

A ScHARR into to evidence based practice on the internet. There is a list of online/library resources on the module BlackBoard site that may be helpful.


Assessment Strategy

2 summative assessments. The pass mark for both written assessments is 50%. Compensation allowed between assessments and can be carried forward to the final mark if the qualifying mark of 40% is reached


MethodPercentage contribution
Clinical Case Reports and Combined Discussion 50%
Clinic Based Learning Task and Reflective Account  (1500 words) 50%


MethodPercentage contribution
Clinical Case Reports and Combined Discussion  (2400 words) 50%
Clinic Based Learning Task and Reflective Account  (1500 words) 50%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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