Minor Illness Management module (NB30122)

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SCQF Level: 9 (Bachelors Degree)
SCQF Credits:  30 (15 ECTS)
Total Student Effort:  300

Available: January 2020


General Practice Nurses

NHS Education for Scotland provides funded places on this module. The funding is for nurses working in General Practice in Scotland. To apply for a funded place, please email Nursing-Health-Postqualifying@dundee.ac.uk  Please provide your GP practice, role in the practice and module of interest in your email.

This contemporary module will prepare you to assess, diagnose and manage patients with minor illnesses in a safe, effective and person centred way. The module will be delivered online with supplementary face to face days where you will be taught by lecturers who have extensive clinical expertise in this area of practice. 

This module will help with requirements for continuous professional development and may help with career progression. The learning throughout the course will focus on learning and developing in practice areas.

What you will study

  • history taking
  • consultation analysis
  • pathophysiology
  • clinical examination
  • clinical assessment across the lifespan
  • emergency presentations
  • clinical decision making

This module will prepare you to assess, examine, make a diagnosis and provide treatment or advice for the management of minor illnesses.  Minor illnesses include some common conditions such as sore throat, earache and chest infections.

  • You will have the opportunity to learn and develop new clinical skills.
  • You will learn from experts.
  • You will have an opportunity to develop your digital literacy skills in a supportive environment.
  • You will have the opportunity to meet and network with a range of students from a variety of backgrounds.
  • The assessment is practice focused.
  • Successful completion will give you the opportunity to expand your role in practice.


  • Practice based learning portfolio comprising of 4 patient logs and a practice based assessment.
  • Objective Structured Clinical examination (OSCE).

Teaching methods

Online delivery using MyDundee:

  • pre-course reading and activities
  • problem based scenarios
  • online discussion boards
  • self directed learning
  • individual reflection

Students will have the opportunity to attend face to face sessions.

You will be required to work independently online using the School's virtual learning environment - MyDundee. You will also have the opportunity to attend face to face classes in either City or Kirkcaldy campus.

You will be supported by the course team and University services including the Library, Academic Skills Centre and the University’s Information Technology department.

Module contact

For further information, please contact the School of Health Sciences
Telephone: +44(0)1382 388534
Email: nursing-health-postqualifying@dundee.ac.uk