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.

Major Incident Response MED5578

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Medicine Dentistry and Nursing
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No
  • Taught Wholly by Distance Learning: Yes

Short Description

This course will equip the student with the ability to recognise what constitutes a major incident for health services and the principles of how to manage it.


A variety of teaching methods will be scheduled during the week including lectures, tutorials and seminars.

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses





Summative assessment will be carried out using 2 methods: 

1. Written assignment: The student will write a 1500-2000 word essay reviewing the types of major incident and the healthcare response (70%). 

2. Performance in practical exercises (20%)

3. Forum posts on case-based discussions (10%)

Course Aims

This course teaches the student to recognise a major incident and the modifications required to pre-hospital and hospital procedures to cope with the situation.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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


1. Identify what constitutes a major incident or major disaster 

1. Critically review, consolidate and extend knowledge in relation to modifying scene and patient assessment and transportation arrangements for multiple casualties 

1. Evaluate the impact on hospital activities during and after a major incident

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.