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a) Assessment rules and degree classification

  1. 1. PROGRAMME SPECIFICATION FOR MSc in CARDIOLOGY 1. Awarding institution University of London 2. Teaching institution Royal Brompton Hospital and Imperial College 3. External accreditation Not applicable 4. Final award MSc 5. Programme title Cardiology 6. UCAS Code Not applicable 7. QAA group Medicine 8. Date of production August 2005 9. Educational aims of the programme The programme aims to: • Develop a high level of knowledge and understanding of cardiac disease • Develop skills in the assessment of cardiac patients • Develop skills in managing patients with cardiac disease • Highlight the importance of preventative medicine and community services • Develop understanding of service provision • Develop effective communication skills • Develop teaching skills • Develop good critical appraisal skills • Develop research skills • Develop appropriate attitudes in a multicultural society • Develop problem-solving skills. • Provide a unique experience of how medicine is practised in a tertiary referral centre in the UK • Provide an experience which is intellectually stimulating, enjoyable, and meets students’ needs • Provide an internationally accepted postgraduate qualification • Stimulate lifelong learning 1
  2. 2. 10. Programme Outcomes These include knowledge and understanding, intellectual skills, practical skills, and attitudes as outlined below. A: Knowledge and understanding of: Teaching and learning strategies 1. The aetiology, epidemiology, pathophysiology, Combination of lectures, seminars including genetics, diagnosis, clinical features, investigations problem-based sessions, tutorials (1-7) and management of cardiac disease Integrated teaching sessions with the Calman SpR's 2. Topics intimately related to respiratory medicine (1-6) including ECG; echocardiography, cardiac Integrated teaching with other professionals on short catheterisation, pacing techniques, CT scanning in courses and lectures (1-6) heart disease, valve disease, coronary artery Clinic, labs and ward-based teaching (1- 7) disease, heart failure, congenital heart disease 3. Preventative medicine and public health 4. The global view of cardiac medicine 5. Statistics and clinical trials 6. The importance of a multidisciplinary approach 7. The rights of patients to play a part in the decision-making process of their own management B: Intellectual skills: to be able to: Teaching and learning strategies 1. Formulate a differential diagnosis Regular clerking and presentation of cases (1,2,5) 2. Plan investigations and treatment appropriately Journal club (3) and according to resources Problem-based learning sessions (1-5) 3. Critically evaluate the medical literature Seminars and tutorials, based around cases (1-5) 4. Interpret ECG and echocardiography 5. Identify and solve problems C Practical skills. To be able to: Teaching and learning strategies Interpret essential cardiac investigations, i.e. ECG, Practical hands-on tutorials and role-playing sessions Echocardiography, coronary angiography, exercise Reading of textbooks ECG and myocardial perfusion images. Communication skills workshop Lecture Reading of journal article D Transferable skills. To be able to: Teaching and learning strategies 2
  3. 3. 1. Present and give talks Problem-based learning sessions (1-5,7) 2. Communicate and interact effectively with other Tutorials (1-6) people and in a small group Lectures (6) 3. Work as part of a team, recognising the Formal self and peer assessment in journal club and strengths, weaknesses, needs and sensitivities of case presentation sessions (forms in handbook) (8,9) others Presentation of cases (1) 4. Use IT resources effectively Presentation at seminars including journal club, of 5. Learn independently researched material (1) 6. Set up services IT teaching (4) 7. Use time effectively Preparation of Dissertation (4,5,7) 8. Give and receive appropriate feedback 9. Objectively self and peer assess performance 11. Programme structures and features, credit and award requirements The course commences in October each year and runs for 2 terms of 11 weeks followed by 1 term of 9 weeks. Students are required to attend full-time during this period. The whole course runs for a calendar year. Dr Michael Henein, Senior Lecturer and Honorary Consultant in Cardiology and Director of Echocardiography has overall responsibility for the course. Dr. Alison Duncan is the Course Tutor in Cardiology, who will teach, organise, and run teaching sessions, as well as act as personal mentor to the students. The taught course is based around a series of lectures, tutorials, out-patients clinics, ward rounds, and student presentations which take place throughout the year. Students will also have regular formative assessment with set essays. The course is not modular at present. In addition, a full time dissertation of 10-15,000 words will be carried out. The title of the dissertation, offered by prospective supervisors, will be made available in term 2, and will be based on a research project or literature review, chosen from a designated list of topics and in agreement with the senior tutor. Students will be given 6 months to complete their dissertation, which must be submitted by the end of September. The final examination is conducted at the NHLI Brompton Campus and consists of three parts: In June: (1) a written essay paper; and (2) an oral examination; In September: (3) completion of the required dissertation, which also contributes to the Final Examination. Students who are Specialist Registrars in Cardiology in the UK may also be accepted on the course on a number of scholarships available based on an open competition. Successful candidates are awarded the University of London MSc in Cardiology. 3
  4. 4. 12. Support for students and their learning • Clinical tutor and senior tutor • One week induction programme for orientation, introduction to library and computer facilities • MSc Student handbook, which includes lecture timetable and practical protocols • NHLI library including online facilities • Safety lecture given in first week core programme • An MSc staff – student committee, which meets three times per year • Mentoring sessions with the tutor and senior tutor • Student e-mail via Imperial College • Access to student counsellors on the South Kensington site • Access to Imperial College Welfare Services • Access to the wards and departments of the Brompton Hospital • Opportunities for students to conduct their research projects at a wide range of internal laboratories at The Royal Brompton Hospital, and possibly at external institutions and companies • We explore with postgraduate students the needs of the health care system from which they come. If a student asks to see a particular condition or specific technique which will be useful when they return home we do our best to accommodate this • We encourage MSc students to choose for their dissertation a topic which will help them contribute a new service to their hospital when they return home. 13. Criteria for admission • Medical degree plus two suitable references • Appropriate post-graduate clinical experience (12 months at registrar level) • Full MRCP (UK or equivalent) or qualification deemed by the senior tutor as equivalent (eg Diploma) • Proficiency in English 14. Methods for evaluation and improving the quality and standards of teaching and learning Mechanisms for review and evaluation of teaching, learning, assessment, the curriculum and outcome standards • Mid- and end of term evaluation forms which students must complete 4
  5. 5. • Annual course review prepared by the Course Director and Course tutor, and considered by the Course Committee and the Imperial College, Departmental Teaching Committee • Course director and Course Tutor attends staff Taught Courses Committee meetings each term • Students encouraged to voice their opinions on strengths and weaknesses of the course • Development programme in education • Biennial staff appraisal • Peer teaching observations • External examiners reports Committees with responsibility for monitoring and evaluation quality and standards • MSc Staff – Student Committee • Postgraduate Taught Courses Committee • Board of Examiners – meets in September to consider awards • Departmental Tutors’ Committee • Departmental Teaching Committee • Graduate School of Life Sciences and Medicine, Postgraduate Quality Committee • Imperial College, Quality and Academic Review Committee • Imperial College, Senate Mechanisms for gaining student feedback on the quality of teaching and their learning experience: • Student representative on Postgraduate Taught Courses Committee • Meetings with tutor and senior tutor • Course questionnaire evaluation of taught components • Informal discussions with tutor to discuss examinations, research project, career aims. • Viva with External Examiner Staff development priorities include; • Active research programme in cardiology • Staff appraisal system and institutional staff development courses • College Teaching Development grant scheme to fund the development of new teaching and appraisal methods • Up-dating professional and IT/computing developments 5
  6. 6. 15. Regulation of assessment a) Assessment rules and degree classification • The minimum pass mark is 50% overall, 70% represents a distinction • 30% marks awarded for written paper, 20% for oral and 50% for the dissertation • To qualify for the award of MSc, students should have achieved at least 80% attendance on the course, complete all the course requirements, and achieve an overall pass mark in the combined examinations and in the research project Summary of grades, marks and their interpretation for MSc degree classification GRADE MARKS INTERPRETATION A 70% - 100% Distinction performance B/C 50% - 69% Pass D 40% - 49% Fail performance at MSc level E 0% - 39% Fail performance (with major shortcomings) b) Role of external examiners There are 2 external examiners, from other universities and research institutes in the UK. They are nominated by the MSc Academic Board, and approved by the Graduate School of Life Sciences and Medicine Postgraduate Quality Committee. External Examiners review the course modules, and act as moderator. In order to do this, they: • approve examination papers • moderate essay papers • see all examination scripts and research project dissertations • viva students • attend the Board of Examiners meeting to discuss results • complete a report to the College 16. Indicators of quality and standards • Passed by the Quality Assurance Agency in 2001 • Evaluation forms completed by students in January and June each year • Examination results 6
  7. 7. Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if he/she takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information on the learning outcomes, content and teaching, learning and assessment methods of each module can be found in the course handbook or on-line at http://www1.imperial.ac.uk/medicine/. The accuracy of the information contained in this document is reviewed by the University and may be checked by the Quality Assurance Agency. More information can be obtained from Dr A Duncan, Course Tutor, Echocardiography Department, Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Trust, Sydney Street, London SW3 6NP. Telephone: 020 7351 2730 Email: a.duncan@imperial.ac.uk Dr M Henein, Senior Lecturer and Honorary Consultant in Cardiology and Director of Echocardiography, Department of Cardiology, Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Trust, Sydney Street, London SW3 6NP. Telephone: 020 7351 8385 Email: m.henein@rbh.nthames.nhs.uk Key sources of information about this course can be found in: • Postgraduate Prospectus, Imperial College London (available on-line http://www.imperial.ac.uk/P1212.htm) • MSc in Molecular Medicine (http://www1.imperial.ac.uk/medicine/teaching/postgraduate/taughtcourses/molecularmedicine.html) • Imperial College Faculty of Medicine (http://www1.imperial.ac.uk/medicine) • QAA Subject Review Report Imperial College of Science, Technology & Medicine (www.qaa.ac.uk). 7