John Knight Session 25th April 2018 – St David’s Park Carmarthen

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Session title: Components of Blood (Year 1, Masters in Advanced Practice)

Number of students: 15 – 25

Date, time and location: 25th April 2018, 09:00-11:00, Room F16 – St David’s Park Carmarthen

Session outline:
This is a first year lecture delivered as part of the module SHHM10 – Anatomy, Physiology & Pathophysiology for Advanced Clinical Practice which is a module in the Masters in Advanced Practice Programme. The students enrolling onto this programme are usually experienced healthcare professionals from a variety of clinical backgrounds including, Nursing, Emergency Care, Midwifery and Pharmacology. Due to the prior training of these students the session will assume some general background knowledge of the subject material but will strive to be assessable to students from all backgrounds. The content of this teaching session will build upon knowledge gained during previous teaching sessions in the module. The lecture will begin with a list of learning objectives explaining why healthcare professionals need a detailed understanding of the different components of blood whilst highlighting the major learning outcomes and the potential nature and structure of formal assessments associated with the lecture and module.

The lecture will then have the following structure:

  • Blood as a fluid connective tissue
  • Normal blood volumes
  • Separation and analysis of blood samples
  • Normal proportions of plasma and formed elements of blood
  • Plasma composition
  • Major plasma proteins and their functions
  • Nature of red bone marrow and haematopoiesis
  • Structure and function of erythrocytes
  • Life cycle of an erythrocyte
  • Structure and function of the granular leukocytes
  • Structure and function of the agranular leukocytes
  • Origin and role of platelets

This will be a traditional lead lecture that will consist predominantly of pictures and diagrams which the lecturer will talk around, the lecture will deliberately keep text to a minimum requiring the students to make key notes to supplement the visual information of the slides. In the lecturer’s experience this approach means that students have to process the information that is being delivered to make short notes and this helps with retention of information and minimises the risk of students just taking a copy of the lecture form blackboard to read over when exams approach. Throughout the lecture the lecturer will be asking the student group a variety of short questions to encourage their participation to facilitate a deeper learning experience. Where appropriate the lecture will incorporate simple animations. The lecture will finish with a brief summary of the key learning points and provide a series of links to additional learning resources. If time permits a short number of multiple choice questions will be provided to allow the students to gauge their understanding of the subject material.

Teaching methods used in this session (click to expand / contract):

Active Learning  
Audience participation  
Authentic assessment  
Feedback session  
Flipped learning  
Formative assessment  
Group work  
Lab session  
Large student numbers  
Practical session  
Small student numbers
Summative assessment  
Technology enhanced learning

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