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The Transition to Professional Self - HEA00022C

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  • Department: Health Sciences
  • Module co-ordinator: Mrs. Louise Armstrong
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: C
  • Academic year of delivery: 2018-19

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
B Spring Term 2018-19 to Summer Term 2018-19

Module aims

  • To introduce the student to the concept of professional communication and interpersonal skills.
  • To explore the transition from lay person to professional in midwifery practice.
  • To introduce the skills of reflective writing within the context of professional practice and life long learning.
  • To develop self awareness in relation to the strengths and weaknesses of individual communication skills.

Module learning outcomes

This module will enable the student to:

  1. Explore the influence of intra and inter aspects of self on communication and interpersonal skills.
  2. Describe potential barriers to effective communication, such as the influence of culture, prejudice and stereotyping.
  3. Explore how professional communication differs from wider communication.
  4. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the skills for academic writing and the concept of reflection on practice.


Task Length % of module mark
Essay - 2000 words
N/A 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Essay - 2000 words
N/A 100

Module feedback

Written feedback for summative assessment is provided on the standard proforma, within the timescale specified in the programme handbook.

Indicative reading

  • Ellis, R.B., Gates, B. and Kenworthy, N. (2003). Interpersonal communication in nursing theory and practice. London: Elsevier Science Limited.
  • Hosley, J. and Molle, E. (2006). A practical guide to therapeutic communication for health professionals. St. Louis: Saunders Elsevier.
  • Hunter, B. (2004). The importance of emotional intelligence. British Journal of Midwifery, 12(10), 604-606.
  • Kirkham, M. (2010). The midwife-mother relationship. 2nd edn. London: Palgrave MacMillan.
  • Peate, I. and Hamilton, C. (2008). Becoming a midwife in the 21st century. Chichester: John Wiley & Sons Ltd.
  • Raynor, M. and England, C. (2010). Psychology for midwives pregnancy, childbirth and puerperium. Madenhead: Open University Press.

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