Learning Resource CentreHead of Learning Resource Centre:
Mr Tim JamesEmail: JamesTM@cardiff.ac.ukTelephone: 029 206 87770
The Learning Resource Centre (LRC) situated on the first floor of Ty Dewi Sant, is a multi-disciplinary resource supporting the educational programmes of the constituent Schools at the Heath Park Campus. The Centre is open from Monday to Friday, 8.30 to 17.00.
The LRC comprises clinical and communication skills areas which provide facilities for the teaching and practice of a wide range of clinical skills. There are also facilities for the provision of a comprehensive audiovisual support service within Ty Dewi Sant.
The LRC is a point of contact for technical support and AV requirements for Pool Rooms located at the Cathays Park Campus, and also Presentation Services provided at the Heath Park Campus.
Video Conferencing at Cardiff University
The LRC is the primary point of contact for information and booking the video conference facilities throughout Cardiff University.
- The Clinical Skills Lab (CSL)
- Communication skills
- Audiovisual services
- Graphic design and desk-top publishing
- Digital colour photocopying
- Videotape/DVD Library
- Off-air television recordings
Student contact with real patients in hospital clinics and wards is central to medical, nursing and healthcare training. However, with changes in healthcare delivery - fewer beds, shorter stays in hospital - clinical skills training is becoming more difficult to provide.
It is now recognised that many of the complex and invasive techniques used in diagnosis and treatment are best learnt and practised in a safe environment away from clinical areas. Many clinical procedures can now be simulated to allow high levels of proficiency to be acquired before students are required to practice on real patients.
The CSL provides realistic models for the teaching and practice of skills such as:
- IM/IV injection
- Blood pressure and vital signs
- Blood glucose monitoring
- Aseptic techniques
- IV cannulation and infusion
- Airway management
- Urethral catheterisation
- Arterial blood sampling
- Lumbar puncture
- Chest drain
- Nasogastric feeding
- Eye examination
- Ear examination
Harvey is a state-of-the-art cardiovascular diagnosis patient simulator. He is a life-like model "with a heart" that allows students to examine the total cardiovascular system. Students can practice their clinical skills, e.g. auscultating heart sounds, palpating the left ventricular impulse, and taking blood pressure. Harvey has a large number of diseases that can be "turned on and off" with the push of a button. Thus, students can practice their diagnostic skills without risk to patients.
The British Heart Foundation has generously arranged for the installation of Harvey at some twenty Medical Schools throughout the UK, including Cardiff University. Anyone interested in finding out more about Harvey, particularly regarding his educational use/potential can contact Tim James on Tel: 029 206 87770.
These facilities are available to Years 3, 4 and 5 medical students on a self-directed learning basis.
When booking this facility on Tel: 029 206 87771, please give at least one week's notice.
The CSL is equipped for teaching communication skills, patient examination and history taking using role play and simulated patients, with facilities for remote observation, video recording and playback.
The LRC provides audiovisual support for the 2 Lecture Theatres and Seminar Rooms within Ty Dewi Sant. The following equipment is available for use within Ty Dewi Sant:
- Video playback
- Video recording
- Audio recording and playback
- PA systems with radio microphones
- Overhead projection (OHP) on request
- Data projection
- Display boards
- Anatomical models
- Tortora & Grabowski acetates and CD-Rom to support 9th edition
- Interactive whiteboards
When booking equipment on Tel: 029 206 87771, please give 24 hours notice.
The LRC offers a desk-top publishing design service to staff and students within Cardiff University. Materials can be produced on paper and card. Artwork can also be prepared ready for printing.
- A4 Paper 40p
- A4 Card 45p
- A3 Paper 60p
- A3 Card 65p
There are discounts for quantity.
Digital files can either be sent by e-mail as an attachment or delivered on CD/memory stick. The advantage of printing from digital files is enhanced quality at a reduced cost.
For more information, please contact the LRC Reception Desk on Tel: 029 206 87771.
During term-time a minimum of 3 days is required for producing design work. More advanced graphic design and poster production work, can be forwarded to the Graphics Unit in the Media Resources Centre.
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The LRC holds a large video/DVD library of medical and training programmes. A catalogue listing all the titles is available in the LRC Reception. A PDF of the catalogue can also be emailed on request.
Programmes from analogue and free-to-view digital channels can be recorded onto VHS or DVD, the only restriction being Open University programmes which are not covered by the Educational Recording Agency (ERA) licence held by Cardiff University.
There will be a minimal charge for this service to cover material and administrative costs.
- VHS copies £3.00
- DVD copies £5.00
To request a recording, please contact the LRC Reception Desk on Tel: 029 206 87771 or email: email@example.com at least 24 hours in advance.
It should be noted that, under the terms of the ERA licence, staff and students of the University may record programmes broadcast via ERA licensed channels themselves (using ‘home’ equipment) for non-commercial, educational use on campus.
Please visit ERA for further information and terms and conditions.