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Unit information: Digital Health Case Studies in 2021/22

Unit name Digital Health Case Studies
Unit code SOCSM0021
Credit points 20
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Dr. Hanna Kristiina Isotalus
Open unit status Not open




School/department Bristol Medical School
Faculty Faculty of Health Sciences

Description including Unit Aims

The aim of this unit is to provide students with the opportunity to deeply engage with hypothetical but realistic medical cases and how digital technologies might be used to provide solutions related to clinical need.

Unit content:

  • Students will engage with digital health cases during the course of the first year, progressing in complexity and based on a real-world health/care scenario
  • A trained facilitator will provide guided support throughout each case.
  • Through discussion, students will explore how digital technologies could impact upon the situation and will encompass practical issues such as patient adherence to treatment, cost etc.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Having completed this unit, the student will be able to:

  1. Explain and critically discuss basic clinical issues relevant to a health population
  2. Critically reflect on different approaches to improving patients’ health, grounded in the available clinical evidence base
  3. Apply and integrate knowledge of a range of potential technical solutions to improve patients’ health or care in an accessible way

Teaching Information

This unit will use a case-based learning approach with small groups of students supported by a facilitator. It is intended to engage the students with realistic and compelling situations and creates opportunities for peer learning by leveraging the differing strengths of a cross discipline intake to the Unit. This approach will naturally encourage practice of interdisciplinary communication skills - closely mimicking the real world situations that individuals working in the digital health field are likely to encounter.

Assessment Information

Active engagement will be a critical element of assessment for this unit with the facilitator having a key role in monitoring this through the timetabled discussion sessions. No mark will be given for this engagement, purely a pass/fail assessment linked to a student's satisfactory engagement and participation

There will be an element of student choice for the summative assessment for this Unit. In their case groups students will need to show that they have met the intended learning outcomes of the Unit. This can be via either i) a verbal presentation (approx 20mins), ii) a video (approx 20mins) or iii) an executive report (approx 3000 words). All options should include a range of suitable elements such as pieces to camera, video, animations, images, diagrams, slides etc. As part of this task students will have to mark their fellow group members contribution and this will be included in determining each student’s final Unit mark.


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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

See the Faculty workload statement relating to this unit for more information.

The Board of Examiners will consider all cases where students have failed or not completed the assessments required for credit. The Board considers each student's outcomes across all the units which contribute to each year's programme of study. If you have self-certificated your absence from an assessment, you will normally be required to complete it the next time it runs (this is usually in the next assessment period).
The Board of Examiners will take into account any extenuating circumstances and operates within the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes.