Quality Improvement in Action module (PN50097)

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SCQF Level:11 (Masters level)
SCQF Credits: 30   (15E CTS)
Total student effort: 300 hours

Available September

Target Audience

All health and social care professionals who wish to develop knowledge in quality improvement.

Mode of Delivery

The primary learning and teaching strategy for this module is through open distance learning. Blackboard, webinars, Panopto (recorded lectures), the e-learning environment supported by the University of Dundee, is used throughout the module for discussion and activity based learning. Online material is provided to support each unit. The aim of Blackboard is to share information and ideas with other students who are studying on the module. As well as providing all the content online, e-activities and discussions are used throughout the module to encourage student learning, reinforce content and provide discussion forums to assist student engagement with the materials.

You will have access study skills support. Guidance on the use of My Dundee will be provided in the student handbook.

You will be supported through discussion boards, webinars (where issues can be addressed at the time) and contacting the module team. The main group is split into peer groups with a peer group leader who can be contacted directly.

Module Aims

The aims of the module are to enable you to:

  • critically evaluate the theoretical background to the concept of improvement science
  • develop critical awareness of quality improvement principles, approaches and application to service delivery

Module Overview

On completion of this module, you will be able to:

  • critically discuss the concept of improvement science 
  • compare and contrast quality improvement approaches and tools
  • critically evaluate the quality improvement journey within the context of their organisation
  • critically reflect on the culture of quality improvement in their organisation
  • utilise critical reflection of new learning to devise appropriate strategies to deliver quality improvement in practice

Assessment Strategy

The assessment for this module is divided into four parts or "patches". In total these patches will form a 3000-word assignment, designed to allow you to develop a quality improvement project and critically reflect on this experience. Each patch focuses on a particular aspect of quality improvement:

Patch 1: Background Context and Drivers (750 words)

Patch 2: Quality Improvement Methodology (750 words)

Patch 3: Results (1200 words)

Patch 4: Critical Reflection (300 words)

Module eligibility requirements


  • working in a relevant role, usually healthcare
  • access to IT facilities, including internet access

Entry requirements

  • degree educated, or equivalent
  • first level registered nurse or registered health professional, or equivalent in their country of practice
  • IELTS overall 6.5 or equivalent for students whose first language is not English

Module Contact

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


This module is available on following courses: