Module MSE-3012:
Clinical Sciences PEP

Module Facts

Run by School of Medical Sciences

20 Credits or 10 ECTS Credits

Semester 1 & 2

Organiser: Prof Dean Williams

Overall aims and purpose

Clinical Sciences - Professionalism and Ethics in Practice

The purpose of this module is to provide opportunities to combine facilitated discussion sessions with academic reflection.

Main aims will be: To facilitate an introduction to and understanding of the healthcare environment including professional conduct, ethics and health & safety.

To discuss current themes and questions in medical research and practice, such as communication and consent, screening programmes and genetic testing.

To encourage students to reflect holistically on their personal and professional development, relating to their academic study and vocational experience.

To develop reflective and analytical skills, self-awareness and self-assessment skills that will be appropriate for their future careers in health related organisations or other professional careers.

Course content

Students will undertake lectures and facilitated discussion sessions, some in smaller groups. They will also be exposed to medically relevant scientific research, and have the opportunity to discuss its application in a clinical setting. Students will need to apply their knowledge to aspects of clinical presentations, investigations, interventions and outcomes.

Assessment Criteria


Category D (40%-49%):

Little or no reflection on personal strengths and weaknesses and no evidence of development. Poorly written with errors in or spelling. Meaning is not clear, structure is weak. No attempt at referencing. Inadequate evidence of research. Few sources consulted. Little evidence of analysis and evaluation or links between theory and practice. Demonstrate some understanding of ethics in the work place and how to act in a professional way with patients, colleagues and other key stakeholders.

C- to C+

Category C (50%-59%):

Basic reflection on personal strengths and weaknesses but little evidence of development. Basic standard of English with some grammar and spelling mistakes. Structure can be unclear at times. Referencing is incorrect or inaccurate. Very basic research done. Little use of source material. Analysis and evaluation weak. Few links between theory and practice. Demonstrate understanding of ethics in the work place, illustrates the need for professional conduct in the workplace.


Category B (60%-69%):

Some reflection on personal strengths and weaknesses. Some identification of development. Well structured but not all sources are correctly referenced, evidence of use of source material of analysis and evaluation with some links between theory and practice. Demonstrates a good understanding of ethics in the work place relating knowledge to literature. Demonstrates their ability to work in a professional environment.

Materials largely based on module content.


Category A (70%-100%):

Reflected on personal strengths and weaknesses and showed very clear evidence of development. Organisational strengths and weaknesses and future planning considerations very clearly identified. An excellent standard of written English. Well structured. Academic referencing is correct. Very good standard of research drawing on a wide range of sources. Very good standard of analysis and evaluation, with good links between theory and practice. Provides evidence of ethical adherence in the work place relating knowledge to literature. Demonstrates their ability to work in a professional environment reflecting on stakeholder involvement.

Learning outcomes

  1. Analyse the medical working environment, including clinical research and associated ethical questions, using current media.

  2. Apply theory to critically evaluate systems and procedures encountered within the workplace.

  3. Audit and reflect on their own personal and professional development within the work based environment.

  4. Demonstrate knowledge and practice of ethical and professional conduct

Assessment Methods

Type Name Description Weight
ORAL 10 minute Power Point presentation

Each student will give a 10 minute reflective presentation, based on one of the case scenarios in semester 2 facilitated discussion sessions, and communicate their analysis of the issues raised.

ESSAY Analytical essay based on lectures and discussion sessions

Through lectures, directed discussion and wider reading, students will choose one (from a choice of three) current ethical issue in medical research / practice, to investigate, and will produce an in-depth analytical essay, balancing their findings with critical thought.


Teaching and Learning Strategy


5 x 2 hr lectures/seminars introducing some current themes in medical ethics - supporting the written essay assessment. Includes formative feedback on drafts.


3 x 3 hour seminars to discuss case studies and questions relevant to clinical research, ethics and professional practice. These will be conducted as facilitated group discussions, where students will feedback to the whole class at the end of each session. 1 x 2 hour workshop on oral presentations to support second assessment.

Private study

Reading and preparation for discussion based seminars. Preparation of assessments Engagement with feedback sessions


Transferable skills

  • Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
  • Numeracy - Proficiency in using numbers at appropriate levels of accuracy
  • Self-Management - Able to work unsupervised in an efficient, punctual and structured manner. To examine the outcomes of tasks and events, and judge levels of quality and importance
  • Exploring - Able to investigate, research and consider alternatives
  • Information retrieval - Able to access different and multiple sources of information
  • Inter-personal - Able to question, actively listen, examine given answers and interact sensitevely with others
  • Critical analysis & Problem Solving - Able to deconstruct and analyse problems or complex situations. To find solutions to problems through analyses and exploration of all possibilities using appropriate methods, rescources and creativity.
  • Safety-Consciousness - Having an awareness of your immediate environment, and confidence in adhering to health and safety regulations
  • Presentation - Able to clearly present information and explanations to an audience. Through the written or oral mode of communication accurately and concisely.
  • Teamwork - Able to constructively cooperate with others on a common task, and/or be part of a day-to-day working team
  • Argument - Able to put forward, debate and justify an opinion or a course of action, with an individual or in a wider group setting
  • Self-awareness & Reflectivity - Having an awareness of your own strengths, weaknesses, aims and objectives. Able to regularly review, evaluate and reflect upon the performance of yourself and others