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.

Non-Tech Skills in Trauma Management MED5579

  • 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
  • Taught Wholly by Distance Learning: Yes

Short Description

This course will enable students to apply and evaluate non-technical skills during trauma resuscitation.


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

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses





Summative assessment will be carried out using 3 methods: 

1. Written assignment (1500-2000 words) critically appraising the literature of non-tech skills assessment or delivery within their clinical context (40%)

2. Reflective portfolio (50%)

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

Course Aims

This course will enable students to apply and evaluate non-technical skills during trauma resuscitation. Students will be familiarised to a variety of methods to assess NTS and develop strategies to improve individual and team performance.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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


1. Critically appraise and demonstrate knowledge of non-technical skills and their impact on trauma resuscitation. Specially explore leadership, decision-making and task management and strategies to enhance at individual and team level.

1. Critically review current literature on non-technical skills approaches to teach and assess non-technical skills in the learners clinical environment.

1. Evaluate the importance of non-technical skills within an individuals approach to trauma resuscitation and engage in a process self development.

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.