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Preparation for Masters Level Study - HEA00117H

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  • Department: Health Sciences
  • Module co-ordinator: Ms. Trudi Neenan
  • Credit value: 10 credits
  • Credit level: H
  • Academic year of delivery: 2018-19

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2018-19

Module aims

The contemporary nurse will be expected to use evidence and enquiry to transform nursing practice. This will require the ability to tackle and solve problems in a complex and unpredictable professional environment.

This module aims to promote self-direction, enhance reflection and equip students with the skills and confidence to challenge, defend and negotiate, using creative approaches to solving problems where conflicts in evidence and opinion may prevail.

The student must be able to state and justify their position with regard to the nursing profession, giving consideration to other roles, political factors, patient needs and expectations and other issues influencing the profession. This module will utilise and develop knowledge & skills gained from previous modules, such as Professional Identity and CLG2: The Good Nurse. The module will also enable students to draw upon their initial Professional Internship experience.

Module learning outcomes

At the end of the module, students will be able to:

  1. Understand the key differences between level 6 and level 7 study.
  2. Appreciate and understand the importance of self-directed inquiry.
  3. Engage with and articulate competing arguments through enhanced methodological awareness both verbally and in writing.
  4. Present a persuasive argument to a range of people including clinicians, clients and their families.
  5. Review and revise their position based on new knowledge and understanding.
  6. Demonstrate independence and originality in tackling and solving complex issues.
  7. Demonstrate enhanced reflective skills within a range of clinical and theoretical contexts.
  8. Feel confident to undertake Masters level study and face the demands of the programme.
  9. To develop a deeper understanding and awareness of research methodology.


Task Length % of module mark
Written outline
N/A 30
Oral presentation/seminar/exam
Oral Presentation
N/A 70

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Written outline
N/A 30
Oral presentation/seminar/exam
Oral Presentation
N/A 70

Module feedback

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

Indicative reading

  • Greenhalgh, T. (2014). How to read a paper: the basics of evidence based medicine. 5th edn. London: WileyBlackwell.
  • Johns, C. (2009). Becoming a reflective practitioner. Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Nursing and Midwifery Council (2015). The Code: professional standards of practice and behaviour for nurses and midwives. London: NMC.
  • Standing, M. (2011). Clinical judgement and decision making for nursing students. Exeter: Learning Matters.
  • Thompson, C., Dowding, D. and Rafferty, A.M. (2009). Essential decision making and clinical judgement for nurses. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone.
  • Wallace, M. and Wray, A. (2011). Critical reading and writing for postgraduates. 2nd edn. London: Sage.

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