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2020/21 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

MEDI2220 RESS 2 Special Studies Project

Module manager: Dr Sikha Saha

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2020/21

Pre-requisite qualifications

Compulsory strand of MBChB programme – runs over year 1-5. For students entering via alternative routes, evidence of satisfactory teaching and academic attainment is mandatory


MEDI2201Control and Movement
MEDI2202Individuals and Populations 2
MEDI2217Research, Evaluation and Special Studies 2
MEDI2218Innovation, Development, Enterprise, Leadership and Safety 2
MEDI2219Campus to Clinic 2
MEDI2220RESS 2 Special Studies Project
MEDI2221Essential Medical Science
MEDI2222Clinical Pathology

This module is not approved as a discovery module


RESS Purpose
At graduation, a newly qualified doctor should be able to critically evaluate research findings, recognise the inherent limitations and strengths of evidence, understand how this should be used in management guidelines, and be able to evaluate application to clinical practice. They will have participated in a breadth and depth of curricular experience to develop individual evaluation and research skills.

RESS Objectives
The RESS strand is a core part of the MBChB programme, aimed at providing medical students with the opportunity to acquire, develop, and apply research and evaluation skills. RESS maps directly to Outcome 1 of Tomorrow’s Doctors 2009: ‘The Doctor as a Scholar and a Scientist: Students will apply scientific method and approaches to medical research and intellectual development of students through exploring in depth a subject of their choice. (Tomorrow’s Doctors 2009, Domain 5, 96)

The RESS strand is an integral part of the MBChB SAFER-MEDIC core curriculum, and also maps to the following Tomorrow’s Doctors themes:

- Biomedical practice in medical practice (8)
- Population health and health improvement in medical practice (11)
- Scientific method & approaches to medical research (12)
- Use of information in a medical context (19)
- Reflection, learning and teaching (21)
- Learn and work effectively within a multi-professional team (22)
- Protect patients and improve care (23)

Learning outcomes
RESS strand incorporates 6 key themes :
A. Research and evaluation methods
B. Information retrieval and evidence gathering
C. Critical analysis and review
D. Data capture and processing
E. Interpreting research implications
F. Communicating research and evaluation outcomes


The RESS strand will consist of:

- E-Learning and lectures on relevant topics
- Skill-based exercises
- Working through a structured research project
- Special studies

The RESS strand curricular content will follow the same basic structure in each year (based on desired knowledge outcomes for that year mapped against the whole programme outcomes), for example:
- Determine need
- Formulate research question
- Identify appropriate research method
- Gather data
- Analyse, Summarise, Present
- Draw conclusions
- Evaluate

The emphasis and degree of guidance provided will vary from year to year, building on previous experience according to the spiral model of the curriculum, depending on what is introduced, practiced, and assessed at each stage, but the trend will be towards more independence and less structure, from closed to open questions.

RESS2 Special Studies Project
This is a two week module that is timetabled during the last two weeks of term 1. During year 2 students will undertake a two week project designed to provide different approaches to learning outside mainstream medical education. They will select a project from a wide range of options, all of which are designed to introduce students to the concept of enterprise, and which aim to develop both specific entrepreneurial and critical reflection skills.

Aims and Objectives of the Project are:
- To provide experiences and understanding in a subject area not necessarily directly allied to medicine
- Provide exposure to different approaches to learning and different cultures outside of mainstream medical education
- To introduce students to the concept of enterprise and what it means to be an enterprising individual
- To develop enterprise skills and raise awareness of social enterprise/entrepreneurship
- To further develop skills of critical reflection that will enhance personal and professional development

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Group learning143.0042.00
Private study hours7.00
Total Contact hours43.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)50.00

Private study

Independent Self directed study – not all fourteen sessions are timetabled. Students have ad hoc tutorials and self directed time according to teaching plan.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Students will be required to attend scheduled tutorials. Monitoring of progress in this strand will be incorporated into the small groups the students will be working within, and thus incorporate academic and personal tutoring mechanisms.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Reflective log2500 word reflective log100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

There is no reading list for this module

Last updated: 09/09/2020 15:31:39


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