Postgraduate taught 

Clinical Critical Care MSc/PgDip/PgCert: Online distance learning

Trauma and Multi-Organ Failure MED5572

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Medicine Dentistry and Nursing
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Taught Wholly by Distance Learning: Yes

Short Description

This course covers the topic of trauma beginning with common mechanisms of injury and the pathophysiology of multi-organ failure in major trauma. The systematic approach to managing patients with life threatening injuries, potential complications and ongoing care in the Critical Care setting will be explored.


A variety of teaching methods will be scheduled throughout semester 1 including recorded lectures, online live tutorials, webinars, and online interactive cases.

Excluded Courses





1. Written assignment of approx 1000 words (70%)


2. Presentation (30%)

Course Aims

The aim of the course is to improve the students' knowledge and skills in identifying relevant published research in the field of critical care.

In addition, student will improve their ability to appraise published research, apply an analytical approach and eloquently present scientific work in both written and oral form.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ Apply critical analysis and synthesis of evidence related to mechanisms of injury and how these lead to multi-organ failure and death

■ Critically evaluate, consolidate and extend knowledge in relation to the role of Critical Care in managing patients who have sustained major trauma

■ Formulate ideas to advance the diagnosis and management of trauma in their local professional setting

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.