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NU5009
Advancing Professional Practice
CREDIT POINTS 20

Course Co-ordinator: Dr Pat Schofield

Pre-requisite(s): Professional qualification in Nursing, Midwifery or Health Care.

21st century health care, Workforce development, Role development, Advanced / advancing practice, Specialist practice, Expert practice –novice, History of Nursing, International perspectives, Clinical supervision, Preceptorship, Practice education, Mentorship, leadership and reflection


Course attendance will consist of 12 two-hour class meetings. These will be conducted primarily as tutorials or seminars, and students will be expected to participate in discussion and presentation of material. In addition to class participation, students will engage in a significant amount of self-directed learning.

There will be two formally assessed pieces of course work and a presentation, a minor essay of 2000 words (30% of course grade) and a major essay of 3000-4000 words and a presentation (70% of course grade).

NU5010
Ethics in Practice
CREDIT POINTS 20

Course Co-ordinator: Dr Alice Kiger / Professor John Swinton

Pre-requisite(s): Professional qualification in Nursing, Midwifery or Health Care

The Meaning of Ethics in a World of Pluralism, What Does it Mean to be a Person?, Sticking by the Rules?, Ethics, Religion and Spirituality, Making Ethical Decisions for Practice, Personal-professional quandaries, Changing views, Quality of life’ and other awkward issues

Course attendance will consist of 12 two-hour class meetings. These will be conducted primarily as tutorials or seminars, and students will be expected to participate in discussion and presentation of material. In addition to class participation, students will engage in a significant amount of self-directed learning

There will be two formally assessed pieces of course work: a minor essay of 2,000 words (30% of course grade) and a major essay of 3,000 words (70% of course grade).

NU5015
Research Methods for Health Professionals
CREDIT POINTS 20

Course Co-ordinator: Dr Pat Schofield

Pre-requisite(s): A professional qualification in Nursing, Midwifery or Health Care

Critical review of the literature/referencing, Ethical principles and research governance, Specific qualitative approaches – ethnography, phenomenology and grounded theory, Interviewing/focus groups/observation, analysis and reporting of qualitative data, Quantitative methodology, statistical techniques, Questionnaire design, analysis and reporting of quantitative data

Course attendance will consist of 14 two-hour class meetings held over the two half sessions. These will be conducted primarily as tutorials or seminars, and students will be expected to participate in small group work and discussion. In addition to class participation, students will engage in a significant amount of self-directed learning.

There will be two formally assessed pieces of course work, a minor assignment (35% of course grade) and a major assignment of approximately 3,500 words (65% of course grade)

NU5016
Effective Management of Patients in Pain
CREDIT POINTS 20

Course Co-ordinator: Dr Pat Schofield

Pre-requisite(s): A professional qualification in Nursing, Midwifery or Health Care.

Anatomy & Physiology of Pain, Definitions of Pain, Acute versus Chronic Pain, Barriers to effective pain management, Ethical Issues, Factors influencing Pain, Assessment of Pain, Management of Acute Pain, Management of Chronic Pain, Complementary therapies, Managing pain in complex groups(Older Adults,Control/Coping with Pain, Multidisciplinary team, The dying patient

Course attendance will consist of 12 two-hour class meetings held over the first half sessions. These will be conducted primarily as tutorials or seminars, and students will be expected to participate in small group work and discussion. In addition to class participation, students will engage in a significant amount of self-directed learning.

There will be two formally assessed pieces of course work, a minor assignment (35% of course grade)and a major assignment of approximately 3,500 words (65% of course grade)

NU5504
Dissertation in Nursing (Option 1)
CREDIT POINTS 60

Course Co-ordinator: Dr Pat Schofield

Pre-requisite(s): A professional qualification in Nursing. 60 credits of core courses + 60 credits of optional courses

The opportunity to undertake a piece of research or other scholarly investigation under expert guidance, enabling the development of the relevant academic skills and providing an opportunity for supported experience in writing for publication.

Students are supported individually by an experienced supervisor and a series of seminar sessions.

Students will produce a 15-20,000 word dissertation relevant to their clinical practice.

NU5505
Dissertation in Midwifery (option 1)
CREDIT POINTS 60

Course Co-ordinator: Dr Pat Schofield

Pre-requisite(s): A professional qualification in Midwifery. 60 credits of core courses + 60 credits of optional courses

The opportunity to undertake a piece of research or other scholarly investigation under expert guidance, enabling the development of the relevant academic skills and providing an opportunity for supported experience in writing for publication.

Students will be supported by an experienced supervisor and a series of seminars.

15-20,000 word dissertation relevant to their area of practice.

NU5508
Dissertation in Health Care (Option 1)
CREDIT POINTS 60

Course Co-ordinator: Dr Pat Schofield

Pre-requisite(s): A professional qualification in Health Care. 60 credits of core courses + 60 credits of optional courses

The opportunity to undertake a piece of research or other scholarly investigation under expert guidance, enabling the development of the relevant academic skills and providing an opportunity for supported experience in writing for publication.

Students will be supported by an experienced supervisor and a series of seminars

15-20,000 word dissertation relevant to their area of practice.

NU5509
Effective Teaching in Clinical Practice Settings
CREDIT POINTS 20

Course Co-ordinator: Dr Pat Schofield / Jane Ormerod

Pre-requisite(s): A professional qualification in Nursing, Midwifery or Health Care

Theories of learning, communication, Practical skills, Clinical & Practical Setting teaching.

Course attendance will consist of the equivalent of 11 two-hour class meetings and individual assessment guidance meetings in May, June and/or July. Class will be conducted primarily as tutorials or seminars, and students will be expected to participate in small group work and discussion.

Students will negotiate individual plans for assessment with the course team. Assessment will entail a product equivalent to approximately 6,000 words of writing in total.

NU5510
Dissertation in Nursing (Option 2)
CREDIT POINTS 120

Course Co-ordinator: Dr Pat Schofield

Pre-requisite(s): A professional qualification in Nursing. 60 credits of core courses

The opportunity to undertake a piece of research or other scholarly investigation under expert guidance, enabling the development of the relevant academic skills and providing an opportunity for supported experience in writing for publication.

Students will be supported by an experienced supervisor and a series of seminars.

30-40,000 word dissertation relevant to their area of practice

NU5511
Dissertation in Midwifery (Option 2)
CREDIT POINTS 120

Course Co-ordinator: Dr Pat Schofield

Pre-requisite(s): A professional qualification in Midwifery 60 credits of core courses

The opportunity to undertake a piece of research or other scholarly investigation under expert guidance, enabling the development of the relevant academic skills and providing an opportunity for supported experience in writing for publication.

Students will be supported by an experienced supervisor and a series of seminars.

30-40,000 word dissertation relevant to their area of practice.

NU5512
Dissertation in Health Care (Option 2)
CREDIT POINTS 120

Course Co-ordinator: Dr Pat Schofield

Pre-requisite(s): A professional qualification in Health Care 60 credits of core courses

The opportunity to undertake a piece of research or other scholarly investigation under expert guidance, enabling the development of the relevant academic skills and providing an opportunity for supported experience in writing for publication.

Students will be supported by an experienced supervisor and a series of seminars

30-40,000 word dissertation relevant to their area of practice

NU5513
Using Evidence in Practice
CREDIT POINTS 20

Course Co-ordinator: Dr Pat Schofield

Pre-requisite(s): Professional qualification in Nursing, Midwifery or Health Care.

Exploring the basis for practice, Finding the evidence, Appraising the evidence, Using evidence in practice – the role of the individual, Strategies to increase the use of evidence in practice , Changing practice

The course will combine seminar style lectures with interactive workshops to enable the student to develop skills in finding, appraising and using evidence.

There are two formally assessed pieces of work, a minor essay of 2000 words (35% of course grade) and a major essay of 4000 words (65% of course grade)

NU5518
Palliative Care
CREDIT POINTS 20

Course Co-ordinator: Dr Pat Schofield/ Dr Sally Lawton

Pre-requisite(s): Applicants will normally hold a first degree or equivalent in a relevant discipline and be professionally qualified and practising in a relevant field

Note(s): The course will provide an elective option for students registered in the MSc/PgDip/PgCert in Nursing, Midwifery and Health Care.

Principles and philosophy of palliative care, malignant and non-malignant palliative care, quality of life and quality of death, pain in palliative care, gastro-intestinal symptoms, respiratory symptoms, neurological/psychiatric symptoms, para-neoplastic syndromes, ethical issues in palliative care, communication issues.

12x 2 hour sessions which will consist of lectures, seminars, group discussions and presentations

100% continuous assessment. One short presentation (20%), one 3000 word essay (80%)

NU5520
Research Project (Palliative Care)
CREDIT POINTS 60

Course Co-ordinator: Sally Lawton

Pre-requisite(s): Core courses: Using Evidence in Practice; Advanced Professional Practice; Research Methods for Health Professionals.

Co-requisite(s): Palliative Care.

A supervised project that consists of an empirical piece of research or a critical review of the literature.

Individual supervision and monthly thesis group meetings.

Thesis of up to 12,500 words.

NU5521
Research Project (Pain)
CREDIT POINTS 60

Course Co-ordinator: Dr Pat Schofield

Pre-requisite(s): Research Methods / Using Evidence in Practice / Advanced Professional Practice

Co-requisite(s): Pain Management Course

A supervised project that consists of an empirical piece of research or a critical review of the literature.

Individual supervision and monthly thesis group meetings.

Thesis of up to 12,500 words.

NU5522
Research Project (Transitions in Care from Mid to Later Life)
CREDIT POINTS 60

Course Co-ordinator: Amanda Clarke

Pre-requisite(s): Core courses: Using Evidence in Practice; Advance Professional Practice; Research Methods for Health Professionals.

Co-requisite(s): Transitions in Care from Mid to Later Life.

A supervised project that consists of an empirical piece of research or a critical review of the literature.

Individual supervision and monthly thesis group meetings.

Thesis of up to 12,500 words.

NU5523
Extended Research Project in Effective Management of Pain
CREDIT POINTS 120

Course Co-ordinator: Dr Pat Schofield

Pre-requisite(s): Two of the core courses from the Certificate in Nursing (Using Evidence in Practice and/or Advanced Professional Practice and/or Research Methods for Health Professionals) plus the Pain Management Course.

A supervised project that consists of an empirical piece of research or a critical review of the literature.

Individual supervision and monthly thesis group meetings.

Thesis of up to 25,000 words.

NU5524
Extended Research Project in Palliative Care
CREDIT POINTS 120

Course Co-ordinator: Sally Lawton

Pre-requisite(s): Two of the core courses from the Certificate in Nursing (Using Evidence in Practice and/or Advanced Professional Practice and/or Research Methods for Health Professionals) plus the Palliative Care course.

A supervised project that consists of an empirical piece of research or a critical review of the literature.

Individual supervision and monthly thesis group meetings.

Thesis of up to 25,000 words.

NU5525
Extended Research Project in Transitions in Care from Mid to Later Life
CREDIT POINTS 120

Course Co-ordinator: Amanda Clarke

Pre-requisite(s): Two of the core courses from the Certificate in Nursing (Using Evidence in Practice and/or Advanced Professional Practice and/or Research Methods for Health Professionals) plus the Transitions in Care from Mid to Later Life.

A supervised project that consists of an empirical piece of research or a critical review of the literature.

Individual supervision and monthly thesis group meetings.

Thesis of up to 25,000 words.