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Appraisal of Current Clinical Practice MED5102P

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Medicine Dentistry and Nursing
  • Credits: 60
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Summer
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

Students will spend time completing Clinical Case Studies or an audit to enhance their clinical nutrition knowledge and skills.



Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses





Students are required to submit either:

A written portfolio of 3-6 case studies, which includes case presentations, methodology and results of laboratory, anthropometric, food analysis, treatment and outcome with a critical review of the current literature; or:

An evidence-based audit of a clinical nutrition issue or service.

The work should be between 5000 and 8000 words (75%).


Marks are allocated for the appropriate formatting of this work (5%).


A supervisor report (20%).

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? No

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 


The supervisor report cannot be re-assessed.

Course Aims

To provide opportunities to study and experience Clinical Nutrition approaches to patient evaluation and care.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

On completion of this course students will be able to:
Research and critically evaluate the literature on clinical nutrition.

Critically evaluate the application of guidelines and recommendations for clinical nutrition in health care.

Critically evaluate the role of nutrition in the cause or treatment of disease.

Compare current practice against anticipated standards and good clinical practice guidance.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.