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2020/21 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

HECS3249 Theory and Practice Module 6

20 creditsClass Size: 280

Module manager: Barbara Nkosana

Taught: 1 Jan to 31 Aug View Timetable

Year running 2020/21

Pre-requisite qualifications

120 level 2 credits

This module is not approved as a discovery module


This is the final module of the programme and is aimed at preparing students for transition to qualified mental health, adult and child nurses and entry onto the professional register. Selected concepts will be critically evaluated with student led seminar sessions timetabled to discuss and explore specific directed and guided study topics. This will include critical evaluation of concepts such as the changing face of nursing; reflective practice; supporting learners; autonomous practice and professional accountability. The integration of the views and experiences of service users and carers in healthcare planning will also be explored. The students will be equipped with the skills to analyse policy and to understand the relevance to current practice both nationally and internationally. Students will reflect on personal growth and professional learning and prepare for their role as a qualified practitioner. Reflection and clinical supervision and the importance of continuing professional development after qualification will be explored. Content will enable students to complete the NMC competencies and essential skills required at level 3 and for entry on to the register. They will undertake a final placement of no less than 12 weeks where they will be supervised by a qualified ‘sign off’ mentor from the same field of practice.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module the students will:
Professional Values
- Practice in accordance within recognised professional, ethical and legal frameworks that guide nursing practice, recognising own limitations.
- Complete the NMC competencies, elements, skills log and EU directives required for entry on to the professional register.
Nursing Practice and Decision Making
- Critically evaluate the principles regarding approaches to care, and explain how evidence can be used to inform decision making in clinical care to meet essential physical and mental health needs for service users and carers
- Demonstrate detailed knowledge, understanding and skills in relation to medicines management and numeracy skills.
- Identify the underlying principles of safe administration of medicines and demonstrate the ability to safely administer medications
- Critically appraise approaches to professional learning and reflection
- Reflect on personal growth and professional learning and develop a personal statement and development plan and in preparation for entry onto NMC register and their future nursing career.

Leadership, Management and Team Working
- Critically analyse current national and international health policy and explore its impact upon national and international healthcare practice
- Demonstrate the ability to work effectively as a member of the team

Skills outcomes
Completion of generic and field specific practice standards and skills including competency in medicine management and numeracy skills (100% accuracy) to meet the NMC requirements for entry to the register.

Leadership skills in relationship to current healthcare issues.

Ability to reflect on prior learning and plan learning activities for initial preceptorship as a staff nurse


While students will be exposed to some taught contact time and clinical skills practice within the classroom much of the content and learning for this module will be achieved through clinical practice placements.

The changing face of nursing, health needs and healthcare
Reflective practice
The influence and application of national and international research and policy upon practice
Supporting learners
Professional regulation and accountability
Inclusion and empowerment of service users and carers
Skills for critical reflection
Review practice requirements, assessment, documentation and the EU directives for completion of the programme
Students will gain 464 hours of clinical practice in this module and will usually be on placement for 4 or 5 days per week.
There will be no more than 15 hours simulated practice within this module which will consider management issues such as incident reporting, complaints scenarios and use of patient group directives

Adult and child nurses will be complete their collection of portfolio of evidence towards achievement of the EU directives during their final long placement e.g. Some nurses will work in the community alongside specialist practitioners often working in the home.

Mental health nurses will personal development and learning in accordance with 10 Essential Shared Capabilities (DH 2004). Students will complete their collection of portfolio of evidence towards achievement of the EU directives during their final long placement reflective of their future career pathway.

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
Clinical Practice4641.00464.00
Group learning101.0010.00
Independent online learning hours5.00
Private study hours30.00
Total Contact hours514.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)549.00

Private study

The students will be provided with learning resources to support taught sessions. All resources and reading lists will be accessed via the VLE.

Students will be directed to guided study, the philosophy will be to create an environment of blended learning.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Medicine management and maths/drug calculation proficiency are a key component of the NMC competencies and therefore resources to aid development of these skills will be made available in semesters 1 and 2a via Safemedicate programme where students can undertake practice papers. Students will also be guided to the skills@library maths support

Students will be monitored and supported by an NMC qualified mentor and written feedback given via the practice assessment documents.

Reflection on practice tutorial groups will enable scope for feedback on clinical placement issues and making links between the theoretical learning and application to practice.

On line drug calculation resources will provide feedback on correct and incorrect answers. Mock exams will be available in weeks before summative exam.

Session on presentation skills will be given and also the opportunity for students to book rooms and practice presentation prior to the exam. Students will be encouraged to undertake group/individual presentations during tutorials and will receive formative feedback on their presentation skills.

Feedback on reflection sessions facilitating students to make theory/practice links

Students will receive on-going feedback from their NMC qualified mentor and Sign off mentor, as well as other clinical staff during their placement. This will be formalised through the PAD document interview schedule (initial, intermediate and final interview).

Academic support will be in accordance with the School of Healthcare recommendations

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
Placement AssessmentPractice Assessment Document (Pass/Fail)0.00
Placement AssessmentSkills Log (Pass/Fail)0.00
Reflective logFORMATIVE: Feedback on reflection sessions facilitating students to make theory/practice links0.00
Computer ExerciseFORMATIVE: Regular mock exams in weeks before summative exam.0.00
AssignmentPresentation Slides (with notes) and 2500 words reflection ad75.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)75.00

The students are required to undertake and successfully pass a 12 week clinical placement and complete the appropriate practice documentation. The unseen online numeracy exam will have submission dates to allow students re sit opportunities within the module length. The essay focuses on the students learning throughout the programme. There is no compensation between the elements of summative assessment

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Online Time-Limited assessment1 hr 00 mins25.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)25.00

The assessment of this module incorporates theoretical assessment and assessment of practice and included the requirement for 100% accuracy in numeracy exam in relation to drug calculations to comply with the NMC requirements for entry to the register. There is no compensation between the summative assessment elements.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 10/08/2020 08:37:17


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