Postgraduate taught 

Health-Professions Education / Health-Professions Education (with Research) MSc/MSc (Research)/PgDip/PgCert: Online distance learning

Teaching in Health Professions MED5397

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Medicine Dentistry and Nursing
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Taught Wholly by Distance Learning: Yes

Short Description

In this course, students will identify various teaching methods; examine the evidence base for their effectiveness; and critique the appropriateness of these methods for facilitating acquisition and application of the knowledge, skills and attitudes required by health professionals. Student will design novel teaching activities to implement in their professional context; and evaluate their own teaching practice, identifying areas for enhancement.


This course is made up of lectures and tutorials that take place throughout semester 2.

Excluded Courses





50%: Audio/visual presentation, 10 minutes duration (ILO 6)


50%: Reflective Point Forum (RPF): 2 referenced weekly written posts relating to theoretical aspects of the course material, each up to 200 words (up to 4000 words total). (ILOs 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5)

Course Aims

This course aims to give students the opportunity to:

1. Develop their knowledge and understanding of various methods of teaching and how they may be used to facilitate acquisition and application of knowledge, skills and/or attitudes relevant to the health professions context; 

2. Develop their ability to critique the efficacy of specific teaching methods;

3. Develop their ability to incorporate novel teaching methods in their professional practice;

4. Develop their ability to reflect on and critically evaluate their own teaching practice.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

1. Critically discuss various teaching methods and the extent to which they are relevant to facilitating acquisition and application of knowledge, skills and/or attitudes relevant to the health professions context;

2. Critically appraise the evidence for the effectiveness of specific teaching methods;

3. Critically appraise the impact of technology-enhanced learning & teaching (TELT) on educational provision.

4. Apply core principles and current theories on teaching to the design of a range of teaching activities, e.g. lectures, tutorials, problem-based learning (PBL), case-based learning, simulation, supervision; 

5. Critically reflect on and evaluate their teaching practice and identify measures to enhance this.

6. Effectively communicate health professions education topics.

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.