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.

Acute Kidney Injury MED5562

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Medicine Dentistry and Nursing
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No
  • Taught Wholly by Distance Learning: Yes

Short Description

This course will cover the concept of severity scoring, predicted mortality, standardised mortality ratios and National bench-marking in Critical Care as well as the use of Morbidity and Mortality reviews for learning and education. The principles of quality improvement and clinical audit will also be discussed.


A variety of teaching methods including lectures, seminars, tutorials and practical classes/workshops will be scheduled throughout semester 1.

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses





1. Essay 1000 words approx (80%)


2. Portfolio (20%): an ePortfolio to include a minimum of 2 clinical cases with reflection. Reassessment will be available

Course Aims

The aim of this course is to provide the student with a detailed insight into acute kidney injury (AKI) by identifying relevant publications and incorporating these into their work. This will include physiology, pathophysiology of key conditions leading to AKI and diagnosis. In addition, the course will enhance confidence in the management of AKI in a Critical Care environment including the use of renal replacement therapy (RRT).

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

1. Apply critical analysis of the evidence surrounding issues and conditions which are related to the causality of AKI

2. Identify and critically appraise published literature in relation to diagnosis and management of AKI

3. Be able to identify complex issues and make informed judgments in relation to the management of critically ill patients with AKI including RRT

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.