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Technology Enhancement for Health

Overview:
The aim of the programme is to enable successful graduates to have a good understanding of how the learning and practice of modern healthcare practices can be facilitated and augmented with the use of simple and advanced technologies. The programme will give students a wide-ranging and robust understanding of the different types of theoretical and practical approaches to learning and which technologies best support the different strategies.

The programme will be delivered using a blended learning approach of e-learning and participation in workshops demonstrating the design and implementation of training, along with the assessment of training. Particular emphasis on the course will be given to the use of a broad spectrum of simulation based learning methods and technologies. The aim is to make the course theoretically sound but with a strong emphasis on the immediate applicability of the knowledge and skills acquired by course graduates.

The program uses a blended learning approach of e-learning and participation in workshops demonstrating the design and implementation of training and the assessment of training. The students engage in self-directed multimedia and e-learning packages through UCC’s Blackboard VLE. This content is supplemented by 10 hours of E-Tutorials per module which will facilitate discussion and group work. Full time students are expected to work for 30-35 hours per week on this programme. The aim is to make the course theoretically sound but with a strong emphasis on the immediate applicability of the knowledge and skills acquired by course graduates.

Unique aspects of this course
There is a consensus among medicine, healthcare professions, regulators, patient groups and national health care organizations that technologies, including simulation-based training and e-learning are a safe and most effective way forward as part of the pedagogical approach to training healthcare professionals of the future. Technology enhanced learning and education are expected to play a leading role in future healthcare education and training, and competency assurance. This program is aimed at healthcare professionals (of all disciplines), educators, technicians and administrators who have responsibility for the commissioning, design or implementation of ‘learning’ courses for healthcare workers using Technology Enhanced Learning.

Entry requirements

Applications will be considered from graduates of all disciplines. Applicants will normally have an honours primary degree at Second Class Honours level (2.2 or above). Applicants with (6 years) relevant professional experience in healthcare or a healthcare related industry will also be considered. All applicants will be asked to submit a statement as part of their applications to indicate their reason for wishing to apply for the programme. This piece of writing will be used to evaluate each applicant's suitability for the programme.

Applications will be considered from graduates of all disciplines. Applicants will normally have an honours primary degree at Second Class Honours level (2.2 or above).

Applicants with (6 years) relevant professional experience in healthcare or a healthcare related industry will also be considered.

All applicants will be asked to submit a statement as part of their applications to indicate their reason for wishing to apply for the programme. This piece of writing will be used to evaluate each applicant's suitability for the programme.

If you are applying with Qualifications obtained outside Ireland and you wish to verify if you meet the minimum academic and English language requirements for this programme please see course webpage (link below) to view the grades comparison table by country and for details of recognised English language tests.

Duration

1 Year Full-time; 2 Years Part-time

The program will be delivered using a blended learning approach of e-learning and participation in workshops demonstrating the design and implementation of training, along with the assessment of training.

Careers or further progression

This programme will enable those who have responsibility for the commissioning, design or implementation of ‘learning’ courses for healthcare workers to do so. They will be able to design and implement work-based TEL curricula and assessments in a variety of contexts and evaluate TEL work-based learning curricula by their critical understanding of how human factors and learning impinge on working and training in a health-care context using their pragmatic knowledge and understanding of how learning and skill acquisition can be managed, enhanced and quality assured for a health-care context.

Further enquiries

Name: Tracy Ahern
Contact details: +353 (0)21 420 5605
Email: tracy.ahern@ucc.ie

Dr Patrick Henn, Lecturer Medical Education,
School of Medicine,
Email: UCC p.henn@ucc.ie
Phone: 0214901740

Subjects taught

This course provides participants with appropriate learning opportunities and tools to acquire the knowledge and skills for Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) and a critical understanding of TEL in a health-care context from research-based practice. It facilitates participants understanding of the different but related processes of learning by themselves and for others in a health-care setting. It grows and matures course participant’s capacity to develop and apply the principles and practices of TEL based on best practice and research evidence in a variety of conventional and novel contexts. It provides participants with a critical understanding of the organization and administration of TEL in a health-care context for the acquisition of knowledge and skill for safe, efficient and effective care and treatment along with a practical experience of the application of TEL in a health-care context within the simulated environment and a practical understanding and experience of interdisciplinary functioning in a health-care context.

It is expected that the graduates will be able to:

Describe how individuals remember and forget (i.e., memory), learn and acquire skills.

Explain how memory, learning and skill acquisition impinge on healthcare practices.

Display a comprehensive and evidence-based knowledge of the variety of technological tools, which can be utilised to augment the learning process in a health-care context.

Demonstrate an evidence based and pragmatic knowledge and understanding of how learning and skill acquisition can be managed, enhanced and quality assured for a health-care context.

Design and implement work-based TEL curricula and assessments in a variety of contexts.

Evaluate TEL work-based learning curricula.

Display a critical understanding of how human factors and learning impinge on working and training in a health-care context

Apply conceptual and human-factor evidence to learning and skill acquisition in a clinical context

Demonstrate a critical, evidence-based understanding of the application of TEL for modern health-care practice.

Assessment method

Assessment is on-line with formative feedback. It consists of written assignments, laboratory reports, or equivalent for the on-line modules. In some modules marks are available for attendance and participation in online moderated activities and E-Tutorials. The thesis by original research requires 10-15,000 word thesis (marks augmented with ‘refereed’ journal publication). Simulation applied summer schools a Lab report and a Practical supervision assessment.

Application date

Applications for 2017-18 intake are now open.

While UCC operates a rounds system for Postgraduate Taught courses (detailed below) we would advise you to apply as soon as possible.

Deadline for receipt of Applications: Offers will be made:

For all completed applications received by January 16th 2017 Offers will be made by January 30th 2017

For all completed applications received by March 1st 2017 Offers will be made by March 15th 2017

For all completed applications received by May 1st 2017 Offers will be made by May 15th 2017

For all completed applications received by July 3rd 2017 Offers will be made by July 17th 2017

Late applications may be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis for any courses that have remaining capacity for places.

Non-EU Applicants:

Please visit the following page for further information for Non EU applicants http://www.ucc.ie/en/international/studyatucc/postgraduateprogrammes/tau...

Course fee

The EU MSc fee is €12,000 for 17/18 academic year. Please note students who attend the summer school type workshops will be responsible for covering their travel and accommodation costs

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: 11th September 2017

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