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.

Evidence-Based Teaching MED5637

  • 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: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No
  • Taught Wholly by Distance Learning: Yes

Short Description

As part of their role, healthcare professionals (HCPs) are likely to teach students, trainees, peers and/or other HCPs. Even where they have considerable experience in teaching or otherwise facilitating learning, they may not be knowledgeable about the evidence-base for their teaching practice. Moreover, even where HCPs are familiar with clinical research, they may be unfamiliar with the criteria against which the evidence base for their teaching practice is judged. This course aims to develop HCPs' ability to identify and critique the evidence-base for their professional teaching practice, and to evaluate current and/or key ideas in teaching.


10 teaching weeks with a study week in the middle (5 + 1 + 5; standard UoG ODL structure)

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses

Teaching in Health Professions (MED5397)


The 10-credit course on Teaching Healthcare Professionals (THCP).


The EBT course and the THCP course will together provide an alternative to Teaching in Health Professions, MED5392, for students who enter the Health Professions Education (HPE) programme via the micro-credential route.


i) Set exercise (33.3% weighting): A series of exercises (online posts to address specific questions or tasks) that will in combination be used to assess relevant skills and knowledge 


ii) Written assignment (66.7% weighting): Critical evaluation of the evidence base for a current / key idea in teaching. 

Course Aims

To develop HCPs' ability to identify and critique the evidence-base for their professional teaching practice, and to evaluate current / key ideas in teaching.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ Search for peer-reviewed literature in healthcare professions education

■ Critically-appraise literature in healthcare professions education

■ Critique the evidence-base for current and/or key ideas in teaching. 

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.