Learning Objectives for Phase 2, Week 2

There have been a number of comments stating that the learning objectives for each week are not clear.  To explain our side of things: we have never had this point made to us in previous years, and it is not something we looked at prior to starting the block.  I think the formative assessment  (a new venture, as you know) has stimulated the desire for more specific, detailed learning objectives.

I have looked through the study guide, and I do see that some of the learning points seem to be in the wrong bit – the respiratory examination text and tables on pages 13 and 14 would be better off in the week 1 section, for example.  I can see how people would think that the question about pleural effusions is a week 2 outcome, given the course guide, despite the lectures on signs and symptoms being given in week 1.

So, I thought I should at least try to clarify what the formative assessment will have in it, roughly, of course.

Our expectation is that you will have knowledge and understanding of:

  • Pulmonary function tests procedures
  • Inhaler devices
  • The pathology of airflow obstruction
  • The pathology of restriction
  • Type 1, type 2 respiratory failure, and maintenance of oxygenation
  • The treatment of asthma and COPD
  • Cough and chest pain, as core clinical problems
  • Acid base disorders
  • The immunological basis of Hyper-sensitivity reactions

The questions in the formative assessment will be written by the lecturers, based on the topics they have lectured on.  We have removed the difficulties regarding “tick all that apply” questions, so it should be fair.  I have also written immediate feedback into the assessment, so when you answer the question, whether you get it right or wrong, you will get a splurb about all the answers.  And again, feel free to take the test as many times as you like.  I’ll analyse the responses from week 1, and let you have a breakdown.  Before I have a breakdown.

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2 Comments on “Learning Objectives for Phase 2, Week 2”

  1. Marge Says:

    Thanks on the learning objectives. I don’t know about anyone else, but I use them to structure my revision when it comes around to exams, so clear ones are great!


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