The table below lists RLOs developed for UCEL, by staff in UCEL member institutions. All RLOs are publicly available for use. The RLOs fall under a range of broad headings, colour-coded for clarity:

Biological Processes
Study Skills
Clinical Skills
Research Methods
Science Basics

Although we make every attempt to keep this list up to date 'linkrot' can set in, so for the definitive list of UCEL RLOs see the RLO Catalogue on the UCEL website.

NB: These RLOs have audio voiceovers, so please make sure to have headphones or speakers connected to your PC. The RLOs will run ok without audio output, but they'll not be as interesting and/or entertaining.

UCEL RLOs available for use
Title Content author(s) Description
Birth-Prevalence Tom Davies Understanding birth-prevalence as a special type of prevalence
The Black Report and Inequalities in Health Kath Maguire Shows the persistence and complexity of the social class/health gradient.
Calculating medicines for children: applying standard formula Gill Langmack This RLO is aimed at providing examples of how to calculate medicines, specifically for children but it relates well to any aspect of calculating medicines.
Doctor/patient Relations Kath Maguire Understanding various facets of the doctor-patient relationship and factors that facilitate and impede the success of that relationship
Exploring the Synapse Heather Wharrad, Fiona Bath Describes the events during the transmission of an impulse across a synapse
Hand Hygiene Alison Columbine Practical hand hygiene techniques for infection control
Incidence Tom Davies An explanation of incidence as the measurement of disease frequency
Incidence-Prevalence Tom Davies An explanation of the relationship between incidence and prevalence with an interactive example
Levels of Measurement Heather Wharrad An explanation of the four different levels of measurement.
Levels of Measurement - what you can and can't do arithmetically Heather Wharrad An explanation of the statistical operations that can be performed on the different levels of measurement.
Parsons' Sick Role Kath Maguire The concept, sources, criticisms and strengths of the sick role as developed by Talcott Parsons.
Participant and Non-Participant Observation Bruce Lindsay Presents the choice between participant and non-participant observation and how it is based on the circumstances of the individual research project
Power and Sample Size Pat McElduff An introduction to type I and type II errors with an interactive simulation to show the dynamic effects of variables on the power of the study
Prevalence Tom Davies An explanation of prevalence as the measurement of a situation at one time
Risk Assessment in Manual Handling Gabriel Ip Examines the risks involved in the manual handling of patients.
Sensitivity and Specificity Kerry Maunder & Steve Gillam Describes the different outcomes of a test, for people with or without a disease.
Social Class Kath Maguire Define and explicate the sociological concept of social class and some of the debates surrounding its use generally and with specific reference to health
Stigma attached to STIs and condom use in the UK Helen Brook, Helen Dawes A resource for destigmatising condoms by identifying
mechanisms for promoting condoms and information about condoms.
Understanding First Pass Metabolism Fiona Bath Description of first pass metabolism of orally-administered drugs in the liver and gastrointestinal tract
Why a Questionnaire? Paul Garrud What questionnaires are good for; when alternative methods may be more suitable

UCEL RLO Repositories

The repositories on the UCEL site list RLOs both completed and under development, usually with their specification documents.

UCEL RLO Central

The main repository for UCEL RLOs, password-protected and divided into five categories:

RLOs in Sociology and Health

Publicly available RLOs developed for the SHIELD (Sociologies of Health and Illness ELearning Databank) programme, funded by the Learning and Teaching Support Network (LTSN, now the Higher Education Academy).


The UCEL 'exhibition centre' with sample, exemplary RLOs. Publicly available.