NUIG Special Study Option in Community Learning - Teaching Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation to School Children

Contact: Maureen Kelly, NUIG

Mary This Special Study Module Option (SSM) centres around medical students teaching school children how to perform Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR). A pilot was conducted in March 2008 which demonstrated that it is both practical and feasible to teach CPR to school children. Last year saw the programme run as a fully accredited SSM for the first time.

In the first two weeks students are introduced to the concept of the SSM and have a workshop exploring the issues around Community Learning. Weeks 3 and 4 are devoted to revising / learning the skill of CPR and learning how to teach a clinical skill. Students then have to liaise with a local national school, organise the teaching session, draw up a lesson plan, resource materials, deliver the session, collate feedback, devise a presentation either a PowerPoint show, a group poster or video log describing the endeavor and write a reflective diary on the value of the experience to them personally.

A unique feature of this SSM is that the CPR teaching is delivered through Irish in Irish speaking national schools.


Discipline: Health Studies
Institution: National University of Ireland, Galway
Activity: Service Learning/Community Based Learning

Additional Information

Academic Discipline: General Practice and Paediatrics
Module Title: Special Study Module Option in Community Learning – Teaching Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation to School Children
Typical number of students: 19-20
Year(s) of Programme: 1st Year and 2nd Year
Credits (ECTs): 3
Mandatory: No
Assessment method: The assessment is two fold: An overall group presentation of the outcome of the SSM and an individual reflective piece on their personal contribution to the overall project: 1. Group Assessment: Presentation / Poster and /or video log of SSM; 2. Individual assessment: Reflective essay on my role in the SSM
First established: 2008
Typical number of hours: 80
Learning outcomes: At the end of the SSM students will be able to: 1. Demonstrate competency performing CPR; 2. Write and deliver a teaching session to instruct others in the performance of CPR; 3. Illustrate how they delivered the CPR teaching session through the medium of Irish in Irish speaking schools; 4. Detail what they learned from their experience of planning, liaising, organising, managing a teaching session; 5. Through the process of reflection, describe how their individual understanding of civic responsibility and community participation has been affected by the experience of the SSM; 6. Design and deliver a presentation / poster/ video log detailing the experience.
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Community Partners: SN na bhForbacha, Presentation National School Galway


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