Sepsis MED5497

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Medicine Dentistry and Nursing
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting 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 sessions and ward rounds.

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses





Summative assessment will be carried out using 2 methods:

1. Written assignment: The students will write a 2500-word essay on an aspect of sepsis. (80%). ILO1, ILO2, ILO3

2. Oral presentation: The students will be assessed on their ability to deliver a 5-min presentation on a topic related to sepsis (20%). ILO2, ILO3

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:

1. Identify, conceptualise and critically appraise contemporary definitions of sepsis.

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

3. Eloquently express how to practically and clinically apply views and judgements that are made based on the critical evaluation, analysis and synthesis of the literature around 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.