1 PROGRAMME APPROVAL FORM SECTION 1 THE PROGRAMME SPECIFICATION 1. Programme title and designation Vascular Ultrasound 2. Final award Award Title Credit ECTS Any special criteria value equivalent MSc Vascular Ultrasound Students must pass all modules with an overall mark of 50% in each in order to be awarded the appropriate award. Compensation is permitted, but only within the assessments for an individual module provided no mark for any element of assessment falls below 45%, and not between modules. The percentage weighting for the calculation of merit and distinction will directly reflect the proportion of credits allocated to each module in relation to the overall credit taken within each programme/award, with classification thresholds set according to the core scheme as set out in the Credit Framework Regulations of King s College London. 3. Nested award Award Title Credit ECTS Any special criteria value equivalent PGCert Vascular Ultrasound N/A PgDip Vascular Ultrasound N/A 4. Exit award Award Title Credit ECTS Any special criteria value equivalent PGCert Vascular Ultrasound N/A PgDip Vascular Ultrasound N/A 5. Level in the qualifications framework M 6. Attendance Mode of attendance Minimum length of programme Maximum length of programme Full-time Part-time Distance learning X 27 months 60 months 7. Awarding institution/body King s College London 8. Teaching institution King s College London
2 9. Proposing department Women s Health 10. Programme organiser and contact Rosie Simpson Details 11. UCAS code (if appropriate) N/A 12. Relevant QAA subject benchmark/ Professional, statutory and regulatory body guidelines 13. Date of production of specification April Date of programme review 2016/17 Consortium for the Accreditation of Sonographic Education (CASE) 16. Educational aims of the programme i.e what is the purpose of the programme and general statements about the learning that takes place over the duration of the programme The primary aims of the programme are to: provide learners with the range of skills required for the effective practice of vascular ultrasound within their chosen field(s) of expertise further develop the student s ability to appraise and critically evaluate research findings to the benefit of diagnostic ultrasound. extend the student s critical evaluation, communication and self-management skills to a level appropriate for healthcare practitioners working in the field of ultrasound. equip the student with knowledge and skills to actively participate in appropriate clinical audit, research and development offer a forum for the exchange of information and ideas among participants with the intention of broadening their experience and enhancing their ability to work within the healthcare team. generate the confidence necessary for active and informed participation in changes and developments in the clinical service encourage the students to become autonomous reflective learners, taking responsibility for their own academic progress and evaluating information from a variety of sources. 17. Educational objectives of the programme/programme outcomes (as relevant to the SEEC Credit Level Descriptors) The programme provides opportunities for students to develop and demonstrate knowledge and understanding and skills in the following areas: The programme provides a knowledge and understanding of the following: 1. An in depth knowledge of the science of ultrasound underpinning clinical practice. 2. Advanced knowledge and understanding in practical, analytical and interpretative approaches to ultrasound. 3. The justification of the value, efficacy and appropriateness of ultrasound practice. 4. The professional, ethical and legal responsibilities of ultrasound professionals. 5. The principles, theories and concepts of ultrasound and the ways in which these are applied in practice. Knowledge and understanding These are achieved through the following teaching/learning methods and Knowledge and understanding are acquired through formal lectures, tutor-led and student-led seminars, tutorials, practical workshops, use of a variety of information and communication technologies and reading and reflection and other independent learning activities. These teaching and learning methods are designed to foster the ability of students to become effective ultrasound professionals. To do so they must understand and apply professional principles and standards, to be
3 6. The communication patterns and information needs of different user communities and the design of appropriate solutions to meet these needs. able to think and act independently, and begin to identify their continuing professional development needs. : Points 1-6 are formatively and summatively assessed by a number of methods including in-class activities, coursework assignments, and written examinations Intellectual skills: 7. Application of professional, practical and theoretical skills appropriate to the clinical situation 8. Critical appraisal of the available technology and associated parameters. 9. Evaluation and reflection on own practice 10. Analysis and evaluation of information and evidence for safe ultrasound practice 11. Able to engage with peers through reflecting on own and others practice in order to improve own/others practice. Skills and other attributes These are achieved through the following teaching/learning methods and Skills are learnt through a series of keynote lectures, practical demonstrations, video case studies & scenarios plus clinical placement experience. : Points 7-11 are formatively and summatively assessed by a number of methods including group presentations, coursework assignments and reflective diaries Practical skills: 12. Acquire practical clinical skills in order to become a safe, competent practitioner. 13. Safe and appropriate operation of the technology available 14. Critical evaluation of the organization in terms of the patient care and the quality of service provided. Generic/transferable skills: 15. Structure and communicate ideas effectively both orally and in writing; 16. Manage time and work to deadlines; 17. Autonomous learning 18. Take responsibility for personal and professional development 19. Effectively find information and use information technology; 20. Appropriate and effective communication with all personnel throughout the These are achieved through the following teaching/learning methods and Clinical practice is undertaken in a department where a supervisor/mentor guides the student through the attainment of the required practical skills. This learning experience is supplemented by lecturers leading practical teaching sessions in the classroom and clinical environment. : Points are assessed through course work and the development of the critical portfolio. Point 12 is assessed through formative and summative evaluation of ultrasound competency. These are achieved through the following teaching/learning methods and Emphasis is placed on the use of classroom presentations, in-class group work, lectures and tutorials. Points are tested and evaluated through assessed coursework and formative assessments. Activities include self
4 organization; assessment, workshops, report writing, oral presentations, proposal construction and writing and group projects. The programme provides a knowledge and understanding of the following: 21. A critical understanding of the wider application of research methods to ultrasound. 22. Mastery of a range of clinical vascular techniques within ultrasound 23. Advanced skills in giving and receiving constructive feedback. Intellectual Skills: 24. The knowledge and skills to actively participate in appropriate clinical audit, research and development Additional objectives for Postgraduate Diploma Knowledge and understanding are acquired through formal lectures, tutor-led and student-led seminars, tutorials, practical workshops, use of a variety of information and communication technologies and reading and reflection and other independent learning activities. : Points are assessed by coursework assignments and written examinations. Skills are learnt through a series of keynote lectures, practical demonstrations, video case studies & scenarios plus clinical placement experience. Practical skills: 25. Critically evaluate literature to identify key themes, concepts and evidence of worth. 26. Acquire practical clinical skills in a second clinical area. : Point 24 is formatively and summatively assessed by a number of methods including group presentations, coursework assignments and reflective diaries Specific teaching and learning of methods used to enable outcomes to be achieved include: presentations and seminars, lectures, peer observation, mentoring and supervision, independent study, supervised projects. The programme provides a knowledge and understanding of the following: 27. The ability to produce, disseminate and communicate research ideas and findings. Intellectual Skills: Additional objectives for MSc Points are assessed through coursework, portfolio development, assignments, and summative assessments. Knowledge and understanding are acquired through seminars and tutorials. : Knowledge and understanding are assessed by the dissertation.
5 28. A creative approach to learning and via research project to begin to contribute to new developments in theory and practice 29. The ability to evaluate a wide range of research strategies that are appropriate to the field of medical ultrasound Practical skills, research and independent learning skills: 30. Design, plan, conduct and produce an indepth research project. 31. Use literature selectively and critically to extract key themes, concepts and evidence to underpin the research dissertation. 32. Collect, analyse and synthesise data. Generic skills: 33. Communicate ideas, research findings, principles and theories effectively by oral, written and visual means. 34. Evaluate critically written or numeric information drawing justified conclusions from the evidence to enhance evidencebased practice The acquisition of research skills and further independent learning skills are central to the learning strategy of the programme. Students learn through a mixture of seminars and tutorials. The main method of assessment for research skills is the dissertation. The acquisition of research skills and further independent learning skills are central to the learning strategy of the programme. Students learn through a mixture of seminars and tutorials. The main method of assessment for research skills is the dissertation. The acquisition of research skills and further independent learning skills are central to the learning of further generic skills. Students learn through a mixture of seminars and tutorials. The main method of assessment for generic skills for the MSc is the dissertation. 18. Statement of how the programme has been informed by the relevant subject benchmark statement(s)/professional, statutory and regulatory body guidelines N/A 19. In cases of joint honours programmes please provide a rationale for the particular subject combination, either educational or academic N/A Which is the lead department and/or School?
6 20. Programme structure Please complete the following table and, if appropriate, to include joint, major/minor or other variations Code = code of each module available for the programme Title = title of each module available for the programme, plus its credit level and credit value Status = please indicate whether the module is introductory (I), core (Cr), compulsory (Cp), one or more of however many modules must be passed to progress (CrCp), (P) professional (i.e. module testing skills/competency that has no credit level or value but is a professional body requirement) or optional (O) for each type of programme. For postgraduate programmes use the "single honours" column Pre-requisite/Co-requisite = where appropriate please indicate whether the module is pre-requisite to another module or co-requisite by noting pre or co and the module code that it is pre/co-requisite to. = please indicate in broad terms the assessment for the module eg written examinations, coursework (Note: the availability of optional modules may vary slightly from year to year; the following are the modules available at the commencement of the programme) Code Title Credit Level Credit Value Status (I, Cr, Cp, CrCp, P, O) for each type of module Single Joint Major/ Minor Pre-requisite/ Co-requisite (Please note the module code) Single Joint Major/ Minor Part-time Study First Year 7MWOUL01 Fundamentals of Ultrasound 7 30 M Cr Essay, seen written examination, practical QA assessment 7MWOUL07 Vascular Ultrasound 7 30M Cr Written examination, clinical assessment, assessed coursework, OSCE Second Year 7MWOULO4 7MWOUL14 7MWOUL16 Research Methods and Statistics Advanced Vascular Ultrasound Negotiated Learning With Clinical Proficiency in Ultrasound 7 30M Cr Statistics exercise, research critique, research proposal 7 30M CrCp 2x essays, presentation, portfolio, OSCE 7 30M CrCp Case presentation, portfolio of evidence, clinical assessment, written examination
7 Third Year 7MWOUL05 Dissertation 7 60M Cr 15,000 dissertation If a Masters programme, are level 6 credit levels permitted within the programme? No Maximum number of credits permitted with a condoned fail (core modules excluded) 0 Are students permitted to take any additional credits, as per regulation A3? No Are students permitted to take a substitute module, as per regulation A3? Are there are any exceptions to the regulations regarding credits, progression or award requirements? (where relevant the information should also differentiate the particular requirements of pathways within a programme or nested/exit awards) No Other relevant information to explain the programme structure Please note that new students enrolling on the information provided on this section of the PAF will have these regulations stipulated throughout their programme of study. The only exception to this will be if there are changes made by Professional, Regulatory or Statutory Bodies that are noted to this programme. Students must pass all modules with an overall mark of 50% in each in order to be awarded the appropriate award. Compensation is permitted, but only within the assessments for an individual module provided no mark for any element of assessment falls below 45%, and not between modules. The percentage weighting for the calculation of merit and distinction will directly reflect the proportion of credits allocated to each module in relation to the overall credit taken within each programme/award, with classification thresholds set according to the core scheme as set out in the Credit Framework Regulations of King s College London. Students will be offered the option of taking the Negotiated Learning with Clinical Proficiency in Ultrasound module if the Advanced Vascular Ultrasound is unable to run due to low numbers taking the module.
8 21. Marking criteria criteria are in line with marking criteria produced by the School Board of Examiners and agreed by KCL 22. Particular features of the programme which help to reduce the barriers experienced by disabled students and ensure that the programme is accessible to all students who meet the entry requirements The use of workplace mentor and academic tutor guided learning, reflective practice, tutorial support, e-learning, directed and independent study
9 PROGRAMME APPROVAL FORM SECTION 2 SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION Not all of the information in this section will be relevant for all programmes and for some programmes this section will not be relevant at all 1. Programme name MSc Vascular Ultrasound 2. Is this programme involved in collaborative activity? Yes No X If yes what type of Collaborative Provision is it (tick appropriate box)? Does the programme have an access/feeder Programme for entry into it? Does the programme have an articulation/ progression agreement for entry into it? Dual Award Franchised Provision Joint Award Partnership Programme Recognition of Study or Award of Credit through off-campus study or placement Staff and student exchange Validated provision Have the relevant stages and appropriate paperwork been approved and the paperwork forwarded onto QA&AA Office? Modules Yes approved No Not applicable
10 3. If the programme is a joint award with an institution outwith the University of London, validated provision or franchised provision, has the necessary approval been sought from College Education Committee? Yes No Not applicable X Please attach a copy of Part 1 of the Partner Profile and checklist submitted to the College Education Committee 4. Partnership programme - in cases where parts or all of the programme are delivered away from one of the College campuses by a body or bodies external to the College please provide the following details Name and address of the off-campus location and external body N/A Percentage/amount of the programme delivered off-campus or by external body Nature of the involvement of external body Description of the learning resources available at the off-campus location What mechanisms will be put in place to ensure the ongoing monitoring of the delivery of the programme, to include monitoring of learning resources off-site or by the external body? Please attach the report of the visit to the off-campus location
11 5. Recognition of study or award of credit through off-campus study or placement - please indicate how the time will be spent, the length of time out, the amount of credit and whether it is a compulsory or optional part of the programme N/A Year abroad Year in employment Placement Other (please specify) Time spent Credit amount..compulsory/optional.. 6. Please provide a rationale for any such time outside the College, other than that which is a requirement of a professional, statutory or regulatory body N/A 5. Please give details if the programme requires validation or accreditation by a professional, statutory or regulatory body Name and address of PSB Consortium of Sonographic Education (CASE) Date validation/accreditation commenced: Date of last validation/accreditation: 2009 Frequency of validation/ accreditation 6 yearly Date of next validation/ accreditation 2015