Your final award will depend on the number of modules you successfully complete. There is the option to study one module (20 level 7 credits) or two modules (40 level 7 credits) at any one time, working towards the completion of study at any of the three offered academic award levels:
- PGCert (3 modules worth 60 level 7 credits)
- PGDip (6 modules worth 120 level 7 credits)
- MSc (9 modules worth 180 level 7 credits).
For students completing the MSc or PGDip, there will also be an opportunity to undertake three modules from an approved list from our healthcare portfolio.
P44011 Advanced History Taking and Assessment (compulsory for all award levels) - 20 credits at level 7; Mondays or Tuesdays.
This practice-based module enables you to develop the skills and knowledge to take a comprehensive patient history and a thorough physical and psychosocial assessment. This module will significantly enhance your assessment skills and ability to accurately describe the patient/client's history and examination findings using appropriate terminology, reporting deviations from normal in a succinct manner to colleagues within the multidisciplinary team.
Note: If you only wish to take module P44011 Advanced History Taking and Assessment as a standalone module (rather than as part of a long award such as an MSc), then you can apply to be a postgraduate associate student. You do not apply via UKPASS for this, but instead contact the Programme Administrator on firstname.lastname@example.org / 01865 48 2590 for further details and an application form.
P44012 Diagnostic Reasoning in Practice (compulsory for all award levels) - 20 credits at level 7; Semester 2; Wednesdays.
This module enables you to critically appraise knowledge and evidence related to the physiology underpinning diagnostic tools and interventions used within practice. Developing this knowledge helps you build a theoretical base from which to make efficient and effective decisions in relation to patients'/clients' health care needs, and their management.
P44041 Advancing Professional Practice (compulsory for all award levels) - 20 credits at level 7; Semester 1; Wednesdays.
In this practice-related module students will have the opportunity to study the development of advanced clinical practice through an understanding of its history and influences on contemporary care contexts. We will explore definitions of advanced clinical practice, the four pillars, philosophy and ethics in relation to advanced practice and the concepts that surround the role. The nature of knowledge in advanced clinical practice and decision making in relationship to patient experience and outcomes will be explored. We will examine the political and legal aspects of advanced clinical practice and reflect on issues such as gender, power and control. Advanced practice as art/science, professional identity, collaborative practice and major theories will be explored and critical thinking will be applied to how these develop.
P44061 Applied Research Methods (compulsory for MSc) - 10 credits at level 7; Semester 2; Tuesdays.
The module primarily aims to prepare advanced health and social care practitioners for practice-based research. This module therefore enables you to explore the variety of research methods that are used in health service and practice research. We will examine both primary and secondary research approaches including qualitative and quantitative methods, clinical audit and service evaluation. You will be expected to identify a practice or professional dilemma consistent with your programme of study that may be investigated using one of these means and take this forward should you continue to the dissertation module. The module aims to equip you with the understanding and skills to take forward a realistic, small-scale research project of your own using one of the methods studied.
P44062 Dissertation in Advanced Practice (compulsory for MSc) - 50 credits at level 7; Semesters 1 or 2.
This module enables you to design and conduct a small research project that is relevant to your professional practice and central to the learning outcomes of the Masters programme. It is an opportunity to explore the professional practice dilemma identified in Applied Research Methods and to seek a viable solution. To complete the module, you will collect primary data, undertake secondary data analysis, and conduct a clinical audit or service evaluation. Students are allocated a supervisor for the duration of the module and receive individual research supervision.
For PG Diploma and MSc awards you will have the opportunity to complete three further modules from a list of options from our healthcare portfolio.
Please note: as our courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the list of modules you choose from may vary from that shown here.
Teaching and learning
This course has a flexible modular structure. Learning activities include seminars, group discussion and action-learning circles. There is an emphasis on analysing real situations from practice as a basis for examining underlying theoretical issues. We take a student-centred approach to teaching and learning and are strongly focused on encouraging you to attain your full potential as a lifelong learner. In a lively, challenging and supportive atmosphere, you will be encouraged to share your learning with peers and colleagues and to consider how you can contribute to the development of others. Our teaching strategies encourage self-reflection, the integration of theory and practice, and interprofessional collaboration.
Some modules are designed in a distance learning mode using IT resources, including the Brookes Virtual Learning Environment (an online repository of lectures, handouts, information and learning exercises). Most are delivered in a ‘blended learning’ framework combining attended taught sessions with online learning and resources.
Approach to assessment
Assessment strategies are varied although largely based on coursework. You will have opportunities to negotiate the specific content and nature of most module assessments with your tutors to ensure that your work combines academic study with challenges in current practice. Assessed work and additional evidence are assembled in a portfolio to demonstrate your progression and achievement in relation to a set of advanced practice outcomes.
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