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2020/21 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

HECS2186 Young People's Development and Health

20 creditsClass Size: 60

Module manager: Linda Milnes

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2020/21

Pre-requisite qualifications

120 credits at level 1

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module explores the parameters of normal young person's growth and development and factors influencing this development. Physical and mental health related issues are addressed within a multi-disciplinary context. Attention is given to partnership with, and empowerment of, young people and the relevant legislation and social policy.


This is the second field specific module of the programme and has a similar structure to HECS 2185 The Developing Child and Health. This module develops the student's knowledge of the normal growth and development of older children and young people. The effects of puberty as well as the growing independence of the young person and how this can be supported will be examined.

Students will also explore how a smooth transition to adult services can be managed. Utilising a principles based approach students explore different systems of the body and pathophysiology of common conditions related to that system. Analysis of health related issues enables the students to review the care requirements of young people with altered physiology affecting one or more body systems. Students will analyse sources of evidence in developing their understanding of the rationale for care.

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 young person 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:
- Demonstrate their understanding of the parameters of normal young person's growth and development and recognise deviations from the norm.
- Demonstrate how biological, socio-economical, ethnic and environmental factors influence a young person's growth, development, health and well-being physically, emotionally and psychologically.
- Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of developmental anatomy and physiology principles and apply to common conditions and health related issues
- Explain the management and promotion of young people's mental health
- Explore relevant legislation and social policy and ethical consideration in relation to care for young people with common conditions and health related issues
- Recognise the rationale for care of young people with common conditions and health related issues within a multi-disciplinary context
- Explore the role of children's nurses in fostering empowerment and partnership when working with young people

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

Psychological principles of a young person's development and application to their health and health state

Principles of assessment and assessment tools of identified systems; i.e. renal, endocrine, orthopaedic and immune system

Understanding of a young persons' rights and its application to their health


Development of self
The Role of the family
Cognitive and emotional development; issues of vulnerability
Risk taking behaviour including substance misuse
Promotion of mental health and recognition of mental health problems such as self-harm and eating disorders
Engagement with school; including exclusion and management of long term conditions
Systems based approach to common conditions and health related issues to include; renal, endocrine, orthopaedic and immune system,
Chronic illness and disability
Children & young people's rights
Transition to adult services

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
Independent online learning hours54.00
Private study hours100.00
Total Contact hours46.00
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 young people’s development, mental health and transition to adult services.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Group discussions related to workbook content take place within the seminar sessions. This will allow students to self-assess their progression and level of understanding. Facilitated discussion will allow students to become familiar with the style of questioning that may be used and provide them with an opportunity to present their ideas to an audience.

Monitoring of Progress:
Completion of workbook addressing the foundations of the normal development of an adolescent 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. Students are also monitored through their contribution to the taught sessions. Students are encouraged to ask questions during the sessions. They are directed to the skills@library web site for additional support on exam preparation.

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
Essay2500 words100.00
AssignmentFORMATIVE: Workbook0.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)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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