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MEDI6243 Work Based Learning: Virtual Patient

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 will put into practice in your professional/working lives. During the module you will develop a virtual patient clinical case. You will explore how allergic diseases are handled through history taking, examining and diagnosing a patient, and formulating their management plan.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Plan and implement clinical case discussions in the form of a virtual patient, at a professional level, acting autonomously.
Disciplinary Specific Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Select appropriate allergy-related clinical case(s), evaluate key aspects of their presentation, history, examination, investigations, management and outcome, and use this to develop an education resource for other health care professionals.
  • Discuss a virtual patient in context with a wide range of relevant literature and present the patient in a manner appropriate for teaching.
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 your chosen virtual patient.


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 • Teaching on the development of virtual patients for learning • Assessment advice and choice • Agree the time scale and future support

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

We offer group online tutorials to support student learning while they are away from Southampton. Students are encouraged to raise aspects from the module that they would like to be covered in these sessions, which are recorded and made available on Blackboard for those unable to attend. Additional learning and teaching methods include e-learning resources, self-directed learning and one-to-one tutorial support from the module leaders, available in person or via telephone, e-mail or skype.

Independent Study92
Total study time100

Resources & Reading list

e-Books:. There are many e-books available from the University of Southampton library in both allergy and related academic subjects. Access the online site:


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 in the form of a Virtual Patient, ii) a discussion of the chosen case. The pass mark for the module and all assessed components is 50%.


MethodPercentage contribution
PowerPoint project  () 50%
Video  (5 minutes) 50%


MethodPercentage contribution
PowerPoint project  () 50%
Video  (5 minutes) 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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