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2020/21 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

HECS2185 The Developing Child and Health

20 creditsClass Size: 60

Module manager: Melanie Robbins

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2020/21

Pre-requisite qualifications

Normally completion of 120 Level 1 credits or equivalent

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module explores through a system based approach some of the key anatomy and physiological changes from foetus to new born and infant. It also explores some of the wider social and psychological influences on child development. To access this module a student must have some underpinning knowledge about children and childhood conditions and nursing care and be able to attend on the module dates which run over 2 semesters. The module is assessed via an unseen written exam.


This is the first field specific module the students will undertake. The module will develop student's knowledge in embryonic foundations and normal growth and development of neonates, infants and young children. Through a principles based approach different body systems and altered physiology related to that system will be explored. Common conditions and health related issues including the management and nursing care will be reviewed. Students will analyse sources of evidence in developing their knowledge and understanding of the rationale for care. As well as physical health the students will also explore influences on the child's psychological and emotional health The module will utilise a relevant assessment framework i.e. Department of Health (2000) Assessing Children in Need and their Families: Practice assessment framework to place that care within the context of a child and family. Social care elements will also be considered in order to ensure a holistic approach to care.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module students will:
- Explain the parameters of normal child health, growth and development from conception to early childhood and recognise deviations from the norm.
- Demonstrate how biological, socio-economical, ethnic and environmental factors influence a child's growth, development, health and well-being physically, emotionally and psychologically.
- Compare and contrast approaches to cognitive and personality development
- Explore relevant ethical issues, legislation and social policy in relation to families with young children, which influence health and well-being.
- Demonstrate how to apply developmental anatomy and physiology to common conditions and health related issues
- Recognise the rationale for care of neonates, infants and young children with common conditions and health related issues within a multi-disciplinary context
- Explore the role of children's nursing in supporting the service user & carer voice within care delivery

Skills outcomes
Develop knowledge and application of assessment process of a child and family health and wellbeing within the context of normal growth and development

Psychological principles of child development and application to child health

Principles of assessment and assessment tools of identified systems i.e. neurology, cardiac, respiratory, skin


Development of self
Cognitive and emotional development
Speech and language development
The family as a system
Ethics of screening and genetic counselling
Systems based approach to long term conditions to include; Neurology, Cardiology, Respiratory, Skin,
Developmental delay & emotional disorders
Parents with mental health issues

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Group Project14.504.50
Group learning60.251.50
Independent online learning hours50.00
Private study hours100.00
Total Contact hours50.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Completion of work book - revising and developing anatomy and physiology knowledge, particularly in relation to embryological and child development and introducing child developmental psychology

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Verbal feedback following presentations and questions, followed by a written feedback using the Level 2 audio and visual marking criteria.

Students have a feedback session going through the answers to the mock long exam both long questions with Q & A opportunity

Monitoring of Progress:
Completion of work book - addressing the foundations of embryonic and normal development of the neonate, infant and child which directly supports work undertaken in the taught sessions where this knowledge is developed to explore pathophysiology related to common conditions and health related issues. This knowledge is tested formally through application to case studies within the 2 hours unseen exam.

Group presentation on one aspect from the workbook, the aim is to encourage the students to engage with the workbook from the beginning of the module, to review some pre sessional content so they can more easily engage with the taught sessions and begin revision for the summative assessment. The presentations are formatively assessed with feedback; verbal feedback immediacy following the presentation and written feedback based on the level 2 audio visual marking criteria which enable the students to practice their presentation skills in preparation for the summatively assessed presentation in HECS 2186

Students are also encouraged to submit mock questions for the cohort to use through Padlet, based on their presentation topic to aid exam preparation and feedback is given on this work.

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
AssignmentFORMATIVE: Workbook0.00
In-course AssessmentFORMATIVE: Mock exam - 1 hour long question paper, student to answer 1 out of 2 questions0.00
Oral PresentationFORMATIVE: Group presentation 10 min with 5 mins of questions (15 mins in total)0.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)0.00

The coursework aims to give the student a framework on which to structure their learning and facilitate revision for the assessment.

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Online Time-Limited assessment2 hr 00 mins100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 10/08/2020 08:37:16


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