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2021/22 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

ARCS3255 Independent Study

10 creditsClass Size: 60

Module manager: Rhona Riley

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2021/22

Pre-requisite qualifications

Certificated evidence of ability to study at Level 3.

Module replaces

This module replaces HECS3255 in relation to the two programmes above. However, HECS3255 will continue to be an option within the School of Healthcare

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module enables Healthcare Science students to explore the management of particular groups of more complex patients. It supports learners to demonstrate how independent learning can impact on professional practice in Healthcare Science. Learners will identify an area of interest from a range of relevant predetermined topic areas. They will engage in a process of reflection, reading and writing to produce evidence of personal learning.


Learners will be able to identify their learning needs, to produce and learning contract, to manage learning resources and engage in critical reflection.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module students will:
1. generate a learning contract and a range of learning resources within a specific topic area of Healthcare Science
2. examine an appropriate Healthcare Science subject in depth
3. critically appraise the chosen subject from a range of theoretical perspectives
4. evaluate and discuss the implications of the chosen subject for their own practice


Students will be expected to generate their own learning contract and agree this with their appointed academic supervisor. This will include the identification of objectives for their study, key resources and planned actions in meeting objectives. Students will select a topic/subject from a predetermined list of relevant Healthcare Science topic areas. These are:

Theories, assessment, management and treatment of tinnitus
Theories of vestibular dysfunction and its assessment and management
Paediatric audiological assessment and management
Use of specialist hearing instruments such as cochlear implants

Assessment and management of Heart Failure patients
Utilisation of TAVI in the management of aortic stenosis
Psychological implications and management of ICD therapy
Assessment and management of patients with Tetralogy of Fallots
Within these topics studentswill develop a critical appraisal of key issues and discuss from a range of theoretical perspectives. Application of knowledge/topic/subject to their Healthcare Science discipline will be highlighted and defended. As part of the process of developing their learning contract, students will develop their own reading list for the module.

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
Private study hours96.50
Total Contact hours3.50
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

The module aims to support active learning, initiated by the student. Support and direction for learning is provided through academic supervision. Private study time should be spent searching the literature, reading, developing the learning contract and preparing work for academic supervision and assessment.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Progress will be monitored through academic supervision and against students’ learning contracts

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
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 08:42:30


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