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How we will deliver your course in 2021: Physician Associate (postgraduate)

Programmes this information applies to: 

MSc Physician Associate

1. Content of the course 

There are no planned changes to the course content.

The programme will continue to prepare you for professional practice to the highest standards in line with national and international standards. 

2. Length of the course 

There are no planned changes to the length of the course, but please note the following: 

Where exceptional circumstances cause a delay in delivery of a clinical placement or teaching of essential clinical skills we will endeavour to re-schedule this content at the earliest opportunity.

We will endeavour to avoid or minimise any disruption, but it may be necessary for deferred teaching or placements to be delivered outside of our normal teaching schedules including during term 3.  This could impact upon vacation duration and the date of graduation.  

3. How your course will be delivered 

 

New students 

The programme will continue to prepare you for professional practice to the highest standards in line with national and international standards. 

Due to the requirements of the programme teaching will be in person on campus and this will include Welcome week. Attendance is mandatory

Placements and active engagement with all learning activities are compulsory elements of the Physician Associate MSc to meet the curriculum requirements (DH, 2012).

If you have any concerns about this please contact;

Dr Allison Wiseman
allison.wiseman@brunel.ac.uk

Dr Basaam Aweid
basaam.aweid@brunel.ac.uk

The course will be delivered using a variety of methods that have been chosen to optimise your learning of clinical theories and skills. All methods have been designed to maximise the level of interaction and engagement with tutors and fellow students.   

All modules will be taught on campus via face to face teaching with mandatory attendance. In exceptional circumstances (Covid self-isolation) where students are unable to come to campus we will be offering equivalent interactive online teaching or campus-based teaching at a later date, where possible.   

Campus teaching will be delivered in small group seminars within our purpose-built clinical skills rooms in line with current health guidance.

For example, this may include: 

  • Smaller tutorial groups 
  • Use of personal protective equipment (PPE) 
  • Use of standard infection control measures such as hand washing 
  • Implementing distancing during teaching 
  • Controlled entrance and exit movement patterns within our teaching rooms 
  • Controlled mixing of practice groups during tutorials

Clinical placements will be delivered in line with current health guidance and local clinical service restrictions. Every attempt will be made to avoid and minimise disruption to placement provision, but it may be necessary to alter the placement schedule and delay some placements to a later date.  

Returning students 

The programme will continue to prepare you for professional practice to the highest standards in line with national and international standards. 

Due to the requirements of the programme teaching will be in person on campus and this will include Welcome week. Attendance is mandatory

Placements and active engagement with all learning activities are compulsory elements of the Physician Associate MSc to meet the curriculum requirements (DH, 2012).

If you have any concerns about this please contact;

Dr Allison Wiseman
allison.wiseman@brunel.ac.uk

Dr Basaam Aweid
basaam.aweid@brunel.ac.uk

The course will be delivered using a variety of methods that have been chosen to optimise your learning of clinical theories and skills. All methods have been designed to maximise the level of interaction and engagement with tutors and fellow students.   

All modules will be taught on campus via face to face teaching with mandatory attendance. In exceptional circumstances (Covid self-isolation) where students are unable to come to campus we will be offering equivalent interactive online teaching or campus-based teaching at a later date, where possible.   

Campus teaching will be delivered in small group seminars within our purpose-built clinical skills rooms in line with current health guidance.

For example, this may include: 

  • Smaller tutorial groups 
  • Use of personal protective equipment (PPE) 
  • Use of standard infection control measures such as hand washing 
  • Implementing distancing during teaching 
  • Controlled entrance and exit movement patterns within our teaching rooms 
  • Controlled mixing of practice groups during tutorials

Clinical placements will be delivered in line with current health guidance and local clinical service restrictions. Every attempt will be made to avoid and minimise disruption to placement provision, but it may be necessary to alter the placement schedule and delay some placements to a later date.  

4. Cost of the course 

There are no changes to the cost of the course.

Access to a laptop or desktop PC is required for joining online activities, completing coursework and digital exams, and a minimum specification can be found here.
If you have any concerns about accessing a suitable device, please complete and return this form to enquire about the University’s loan laptop scheme.

5. Award

There are no planned changes to the qualification that is being awarded.

6. Feedback and consultation

We provide set times where you can talk to your lecturers and module leaders about academic matters relating to your course. You can also use these opportunities to obtain and discuss feedback on an assessment. You can find these hours on Blackboard Learn and in your module booklets.  

You can book your slot by emailing your lecturer. We will be holding these virtually until it is safe to hold these appointments on campus.

7. Personal tutoring

Your personal tutor is responsible for monitoring and supporting your academic and personal development both in your transition to university and between years. It is someone you can discuss, in confidence, your academic progress with or any special requirements you may need. 

If you are a first year student, these sessions will be included in your timetable every other week. 

If you are a second year, final year, or postgraduate student you can request to have a session at a time that is convenient for you.  

You can attend out virtual ‘drop-in’ sessions which are advertised on Blackboard Learn, or request a session by emailing your personal tutor.

8. Departmental communications and events

You can keep up with subject and module updates through Blackboard Learn. We will also send important updates to your student email account, including a newsletter once a term, so please keep an eye on your emails. 

We host department assemblies where you will receive department updates and get to hear from lecturers and your peers. These take place at least once a term and you’ll receive an email invitation. 

Our programmes feature a range of opportunities including trips and visits, once it is safe to do so we will resume these.

9. Student-led academic representation

Student reps are elected to represent the views of their course, department or college to improve the academic experience at Brunel. They gather views and opinions from students on things such as lectures, exams, assessment and feedback and then take a collective view to the university and Union in order to develop the student experience at Brunel.

We welcome feedback from our student community on matters relating to your experience through your student representatives or through your programme leaders. 

Find out who your course rep is here. You’ll also receive an email from your programme leader who will confirm your contact.

10. Peer-to-peer opportunities

You can also join our student societies and take part in our buddy systems. There are discussion boards available on Blackboard Learn where you can discuss subject matters with other students and academic staff.

Contact us 

If you have any specific questions about the above information, please email: CHMLS-TPO-biosciences@brunel.ac.uk

 

Disclaimer: We have used our best endeavours to plan for the coming academic year and to ensure the information on this page is correct at the time of publication. The information provided here is intended for the general guidance of students studying the University’s degree programmes listed above in the academic year 2021/22. The University will deliver the course of study as described unless there are changes outside of our control related to COVID-19. In such circumstances, the University will adjust the delivery of the course accordingly, and use its best endeavours to ensure equivalence.

Date of publication: 16.07.21