Please note: there may be some adjustments to the teaching arrangements published in the course catalogue for 2020-21. Given current circumstances related to the Covid-19 pandemic it is anticipated that some usual arrangements for teaching on campus will be modified to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students and staff on campus; further adjustments may also be necessary, or beneficial, during the course of the academic year as national requirements relating to management of the pandemic are revised.

Sepsis MED5497

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Medicine Dentistry and Nursing
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

The aim of this course is to provide the student with a detailed insight into all aspects of sepsis. This will include the evolution in concepts and definitions, pathobiology, diagnosis and management guidelines.


A variety of teaching methods will be scheduled during the week including lectures, tutorials, seminars, simulated clinical scenarios and ward rounds.

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses





Summative assessment will be carried out using 2 methods:

1. Written assignment: The student will write a 2500-3000 word essay on an aspect of sepsis. (90%).

2. Practical skills assessment: In simulation, students will be assessed on diagnosis and management of septic patients (10%).

Course Aims

The student will have in depth knowledge of sepsis, its pathophysiology, how it manifests, how it is diagnosed and how it is managed with particular reference to the Surviving Sepsis Guidelines.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ Deal with complex issues and make informed judgment in relation to the septic patient.

■ Identify, conceptualise and appraise contemporary definitions of sepsis.

■ Apply critical evaluation, analysis and synthesis to issues which are at the forefront of management of sepsis.

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.