• For Entry: January | September
  • Duration: 36 months
  • School: Nursing & Health Sciences
  • Study Mode: Part Time+Distance Learning

A top-up degree for dip / cert level nurses who wish to study at a higher level and enhance the quality of their professional practice. Tailor our wide range of modules to your own speciality.

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Become part of a global network of students learning together to transform lives and improve healthcare outcomes by studying this post-qualifying programme. Students will be energised to develop an in-depth knowledge and understanding of topics relating to their professional practice. 

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The programme has been designed to meet the needs of both UK based and international midwives. This is a flexible, interactive, distance learning programme, so students can study whenever and wherever they want.

There are two intakes per year (September and January). The programme can be completed within two years, or a maximum of three years (for students who require 120 credits). Normally students will be required to complete 120 credits (four modules). However, if a degree level module has been completed within the last five years, these credits can be transferred into the programme.

Students will normally undertake four modules, one of which must include the core module (Introduction to Research Based Practice). This module is invaluable for midwives to apply evidence-based practice to their professional context.

We have an international reputation for providing a flexible programme designed to offer a student-centred approach to post-qualifying education. The programme is offered on a part-time basis and delivered through high quality online distance learning.  A small number of modules are also delivered partly face-to-face for locally based students.

I found the programme very helpful, and liked the idea of choosing my topics and setting my own learning objective. Everything I did was relevant to my job responsibilities or a project I was working on. I was able to publish two articles in a national journal, using information I had cited in papers written for the School.

Barbara A. Brunt
Director of Nursing Education and Staff Development, Summa Health System Hospitals, Akron, Ohio

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

The University of Dundee has been given a Gold award – the highest possible rating – in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

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This course is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)

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How you will be taught

The programme is mainly delivered online using the University of Dundee virtual learning environment, My Dundee. A range of innovative approaches are used, such as:

  • Online content
  • Access to individual reading lists
  • Discussion boards
  • Web conferences
  • Web based activities and quizzes
  • Classroom based teaching and tutorials (only for the partial face-to-face locally delivered modules)

How you will be assessed

The programme is assessed using a variety of innovative approaches within each module. Assessment methods include:

  • Essays and reports
  • Online discussion activities and debates
  • Quizzes
  • Development of presentations
  • Portfolio

What you will study

There is one core module for the programme (Introduction to Research-based Practice) which must be successfully completed in order to gain the BSc degree award.

Semester 1

This module forms part of the BSc degree. It can be taken as an option or stand-alone module.

Module code:NB30005 Local
SCQF Level:9 (6)
SCQF Credits:30 (15)
Total student effort: 300 hours

Target audience

Nurse /midwife/specialist community public health nurses who meet the NMC entry criteria for eligibility to undertake the module. Physiotherapists, radiographers and chiropodists/podiatrists who meet the HCPC entry criteria for eligibility to undertake the module.

Mode of delivery

There are 26 days of theoretical content delivered over one semester. University attendance is required for 11 days and the remaining 15 days equivalent is available online. In addition, students are required to log 78 hours (12 days) of learning in practice to achieve prescribing competencies. These are ratified by the designated medical practitioner.

Module aims

To prepare nurses, midwives and specialist community public health nurses, physiotherapists and podiatrists,  to prescribe safely, appropriately and cost effectively as independent and supplementary prescribers and radiographers to prescribe safely, appropriately and cost effectively as supplementary prescribers.

Module overview

This includes:

  • Consultation, decision-making and therapy including referral
  • Influences on and psychology of prescribing
  • Prescribing in a team context / Prescribing in the public health context
  • Clinical pharmacology including the effects of co-morbidity
  • Evidence-based practice and clinical governance in relation to non- medical prescribing
  • Legal, policy and ethical aspects /Professional accountability and responsibility

Assessment Strategy

  1. Learning in practice portfolio demonstrating achievement of NMC prescribing competencies confirmed by Designated Medical Practitioner (DMP) and completion of 12 days learning in practice
  2. Systematic and detailed examination of practice – assessment of consultation skills by the DMP
  3. Written examination - Pharmacology (80% pass mark) / Numeracy (100% pass mark)

Module requirements

Educated to relevant first degree level or equivalent. Students are required to have access to a computer with broadband internet access. The applicant must have the support of their employer and a Designated Medical Practitioner who will facilitate learning in practice and assess prescribing competence. The NMC requires employers to appraise nurse /midwife applicants as suitable to prescribe in their clinical field. This includes competence in history taking, assessment, diagnosis and ability to apply prescribing principles.

Student Reviews

Comments from students from the Non-medical Prescribing Module:

"I have a greater understanding of medicine management and pharmacology."

"Assignments throughout the module kept me focused and contributed towards my portfolio."

"It made me evaluate my professional practice and gave focus to my professional practice."

Module leader: Suzanne Bell

For further information, please contact the module leader on:
Telephone: +44 (0) 01382 385919
Email: s.q.bell@dundee.ac.uk

Module code: NB30102 Local
SCQF Level: 9 (6)
SCQF Credits: 15 (7.5 ECTS)
Total student effort: 150 hours

Target audience

This module is suitable for any healthcare professional involved in delivering or managing the care of people with palliative care needs. This module is delivered by NHS Tayside and only available to students working in Tayside.

Delivery details

This module is delivered using a blended approach with two face to face study days held in NHS Tayside, followed by online learning. The module is accessible to staff working in Tayside.

The learning is delivered through My Dundee (the University virtual learning environment). Online learning offers students easy access to web resources and documents needed for their studies, as well as facilitating discussions and the exchange of ideas with fellow students and tutors. Anyone with access to the internet and basic IT skills will be able to use My Dundee.

Module aims

To explore the impact and importance of communication when working with people with palliative care needs and their families.  Reflect on the skills required to support therapeutic dialogues.

Module overview

The content for the module covers:

  • Communication; Values, attitudes and behaviours and professional practice
  • Communication barriers physical and psychosocial
  • Dignity conserving care
  • Spirituality
  • Sexuality
  • Working with families
  • Loss change and bereavement
  • Care of self

Learning outcomes

Analyse critically communication needs in palliative care for patients and their families. Examine critically concepts related to values, attitudes, and behaviours in relation to communication in palliative care for patients, families and healthcare workers. Evaluate the concept of loss in relation to communication in palliative care. Explore critically issues of equality and diversity in relation to access to palliative care.

Assessment strategy

The assessment for the module is a 2500 word essay 

Module requirements

To undertake this module, students must have access to a computer and internet (preferably broadband) and be working in NHS Tayside

Students who have previously completed any of the following modules: Generic Palliative Care (NB31029), Distance Learning Centre Bachelor of Nursing Palliative Care (C1 Palliative Care) or Palliative Care Perspectives (NB30035) cannot undertake this module. Please contact the module leaders for further advice if required.

Module leaders: Lynn Magro & Libby Cahir

NHS Tayside MacMillan Practice Educators 
For further information, please contact the module leaders on:
Telephone: 01382 423000 Ext 26266
Email: lynnmagro@nhs.net / libbycahir@nhs.net

Module code: NB30103 Local
SCQF Level: 9
SCQF Credits: 30 (15 ECTS)
Total student effort: 300 hours
 

Target audience

This module is suitable for any health professional, involved in delivering or managing the care of cardiac patients in the acute or community setting and working in NHS Tayside.

Delivery details

This module is delivered through a blended approach with a combination of 5 face to face contact days, work based learning and additional educational support through MyDundee (the University virtual learning environment). Access to MyDundee offers students easy access to web resources and documents needed for their studies, as well as facilitating discussions and the exchange of ideas with fellow students and tutors. 

Module aims

  • The aim of this module is to allow students to  explore the prevention, diagnosis, acute and long term management of common cardiac conditions
  • To  enable participants to  develop and apply underpinning  knowledge, skills and attitudes to the management of patients with acute and long term cardiac conditions

Through application to practice, students will develop the necessary evidence-based knowledge, attitudes and skills to make a safe and effective contribution to the care and management of cardiac patients across the continuum of care.

Module overview

The module covers key areas in the management of cardiac patients including

  • The pathophysiology and epidemiology of cardiac disease
  • Cardiovascular risk,  assessment and prevention
  • The clinical investigation of cardiac conditions
  • Differential diagnosis  and management of specific acute and long term cardiac conditions  e.g. Acute coronary syndrome (ACS), Heart Failure, Arrhythmias   
  • Pharmacological  and non-pharmacological management of cardiac conditions
  • Cardiac Rehabilitation, self-management and behaviour change   
  • Physical, psychological, and social impact of heart disease
  • Palliative care and end of life issues in cardiac patients

 

Learning outcomes

1. Critically review current issues in relation to the provision of care for patients presenting with acute and long term cardiac conditions.

2. Apply the underpinning knowledge  of the pathophysiology relevant to the assessment and management of acute and long term cardiac conditions

3. Apply underpinning knowledge of cardiovascular risk factors to  the  primary and secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease  

4. Analyse critically a range of appropriate tools to undertake a systematic and comprehensive assessment of patients presenting with cardiac problems.

5. Analyse critically the  local  care provision  for patients with acute and long term cardiac conditions in relation to the current research,  national standards and guidelines

6. Identify and develop strategies to evaluate and monitor the patients’ response to pharmacological, non-pharmacological and self-management interventions relevant to the specific management of patients with cardiac disorders.

7. Appraise social, psychological and  palliative care issues which may affect this client group  and analyse their implications on the patients and the family

Assessment strategy

The module assessment is in the form of a 4,500 word case study focussing on the care of a cardiac patient 

Module requirements

To undertake this module, students must be involved in the care of cardiac patients within either the acute or community setting

Module leader: Dr Karen Smith

For further information, please contact the module leader on:
Telephone: +44 (0)1382 384958
Email: k.m.smith@dundee.ac.uk

Module code: NB30104
SCQF Level: 9 (6)
SCQF Credits: 30 (15 ECTS)
Total student effort: 300 hours 

Target audience

This module is suitable for all health professionals, including nurses, midwives and allied health professionals.

Delivery details

This module will be delivered through online distance learning.  Students will acces all study materials and discussion boards through My Dundee , whilst the module is running, tutor support is given on an as required basis through email, discussion boards,  and telephone.

Module aims

This module aims to provide students with the opportunity to develop academic skills to inform and enhance their practice.

Module overview

On successful completion of the module students will be able to:

1.  Identify strengths and areas for further development in relation to academic skills.

2.  Develop skills to locate, access and retrieve relevant literature in a systematic way.

3.  Demonstrate an understanding of the nature of evidence and its context.

4.  Develop skills of ciritcal appraisal to inform decision-making in practice.

5.  Manage and communicate information in academic and practice contexts.

6.  Consolidate skills required for lifelong learning.

Assessment strategy

The assessment is a patchwork text assignment based on 4 stages.

 

Module requirements

To undertake this module, students must have access to a computer and internet (preferably broadband) and have basic IT skills.

Module leader: Karen Horsley

For further information, please contact the module leader on: Telephone: +44 (0)1382 381975
Email: k.j.horsley@dundee.ac.uk

Module code: NB30107
SCQF Level: 9
SCQF Credits: 30 (15)
Total student effort: 300 hours
 

Target audience

This module has been developed to meet the required needs of older people across health and social care. Many older patients have complex and co-morbid health conditions and their care requirements exceed the traditional remit of the clinical specialty. The module is suitable for those who care for older people as all, or part, of their patient population.

Delivery details

The module is delivered, through online learning supported by online material for the duration of the module. Students will access all study materials and discussion boards through My Dundee and whilst the module is running, tutor support is given on an as-required basis through email, discussion boards, telephone or other interactive methods. Local students have face to face teaching and Blackboard Collaborate is available is available to distance learning students for online teaching and support. 

Module aims

Provide students with the opportunity to critically appraise the core knowledge, attitudes and skills that are an essential prerequisite for effective delivery for the complex care needs of older people in diverse care settings.

Module overview

This module focusses on managing the complex needs of older people in a variety of care settings.

The module encourages the student to apply evidence to practice through exploration of interventions to prevent a cascade of dependence throughout the patient journey; examination of the practical strategies for the treatment of acute ill health plus long term conditions management including palliative care; an exploration of the psychological impact of ill health and supportive care strategies.
Current local, national and international initiatives aimed at improving physical and mental health care will be interpreted in relation to practice. Issues which bridge primary and secondary care are examined for example, preventing unscheduled admission and medicines management. Examination and critical discussion of the potential impact(s) of the clinical care culture, ageism and ageist treatment of older people in diverse care settings including the influence of nursing attitudes on therapeutic care delivery.
Each unit is underpinned by material to support critical thinking around Care, Compassion and Dignity within the care environment.

Assessment strategy

One 1,000 word compulsory formative essay in week 6 of the module. Feedback will be provided within ten days from submission to help the student build on his/her writing and analytical skills.
One 1,000 word summative in week 9 of the module where the student will be asked to undertake the same approach to the essay.
One 2,500 word summative essay at the end of the module.
The focus of each assignment will be on nursing practice change(s) to improve care quality for older people.
Submission of the portfolio of evidence for CPD accreditation is optional if taking the University accredited assessment

Module leader: Mrs Lindsay Dingwall

For further information, please contact the module leader on:
Tel: 01382 388701 or email l.h.dingwall@dundee.ac.uk

 

 
 
 

 

SCQF Level: 9
SCQF Credits: 30 (15)
Total student effort: 300 hours

Target audience

Due to the generic nature of clinical governance, this module is suitable for all health professionals, including nurses, midwives and allied health professionals. The module is also suitable for non-clinical staff working in quality-related support roles within a health and social care setting.

Delivery details

This module will be delivered through online distance learning.  Students will access all study materials and discussion boards through the University's virtual learning environment (My Dundee), and whilst the module is running, tutor support is given on an as-required basis through email, discussion boards, telephone and other interactive methods.  This online distance learning delivery mode allows for local, national and international students to undertake the module and to share experiences through discussion and debate.

Module aims

The aims of the module are to enable participants to:

1.  Examine the concept of quality and clinical governance and appraise its impact on the delivery of safe, effective and person-centred care.

2.  Appraise their contribution in driving forward the quality and clinical governance agenda.

Module overview

The module comprises of four units and addresses the following topics:

Introducing Quality and Clinical Governance

  • Drivers for the introduction and continued emphasis on clinical governance
  • Implementing the quality and clinical governance agenda
  • Definitions of quality and clinical governance

Quality and Clinical Governance Elements

  • Exploration of the elements of quality and clinical governance
  • Organisational structures and processes and an examination of the individual role and contribution within the organisation
  • Exploration of national support mechanisms

Approaches to Quality Improvement

  • Exploration of the concepts of quality improvement and quality assurance
  • Improving the quality of our services
  • Monitoring quality
  • Person-centredness as a key theme in quality and clinical governance

Driving Forward the Quality and Clinical Governance Agenda

  • Culture supporting the quality and clinical governance agenda
  • Leadership for quality and governance
  • Challenges, barriers and change management issues

Assessment Strategy

The module assessment is in the form of a 4500 word essay which requires students to identify an improvement which impacts on the delivery of safe, effective and/or person-centred care  and to analyse how it could be successfully implemented in practice

Module Requirements

To undertake this module, students must have access to a computer and internet (preferably boradband) and have basic IT skills

Students should be working within health and social care environments

Module Leaders: Dr Sandra Hainey & Dr Eloise Pearson

For further information, please contact the module leaders on:

Telephone: 01382 385942 / 01382 388653

Email: s.hainey@dundee.ac.uk / e.pearson@dundee.ac.uk

SCQF Level: 9
SCQF Credits: 15 (7.5)
Total student effort: 150 hours

Target audience

This module is suitable for any healthcare professional involved in delivering or managing the care of people with palliative care needs. This module is delivered by NHS Tayside and only available to students working in Tayside.

Delivery details

This module is delivered using a blended approach with three face to face study days held in NHS Tayside, followed by online learning. The module is accessible to staff working in Tayside.

The online distance learning is delivered through My Dundee (the University virtual learning environment). This offers students easy access to web resources and documents needed for their studies, as well as facilitating discussions and the exchange of ideas with fellow students and tutors. Anyone with access to the internet and basic IT skills will be able to use My Dundee.

Module aims

To be able to identify patients who would benefit from a palliative approach to care and to explore the management of the common symptoms in palliative care patients.

Module overview

The content for the module covers:

  • Identification using prognostic indicators, performance status and trajectories
  • Assessment Tools – evaluation
  • Barriers to effective assessment and how to overcome these
  • Specific symptom management - pain, breathlessness and fatigue, last days of life
  • Issues of equality and diversity in relation to access to palliative care

Assessment strategy

The assessment for the module is a 2500 word essay that will give the student an opportunity to review the current literature, facilitating in depth understanding of their role in symptom management.

Module requirements

To undertake this module, students must have access to a computer and internet (preferably broadband) and have basic IT skills.

Students who have previously completed any of the following modules: Generic Palliative Care (NB31029), Distance Learning Centre Bachelor of Nursing Palliative Care (C1 Palliative Care) or Palliative Care Perspectives (NB30035) cannot undertake this module. Please contact the module leaders for further advice if required.

Module leaders: Lynn Mgro & Libby Cahir

NHS Tayside MacMillan Practice Educators

For further information, please contact the module leaders on:
Telephone: 01382 423000 Ext 26266
Email: lynnmagro@nhs.net / libbycahir@nhs.net

Module code: NB40100
SCQF Level: 10 (6)
SCQF Credits: 30 (15 ECTS)
Total student effort: 300 hours

Target audience

This module is suitable for all health professionals, including nurses, midwives and allied health professionals.

Delivery details

The module will be delivered through online distance learning. Students will access all study materials and discussion boards through My Dundee. Whilst the module is running, individual supervision with a named supervisor will be given.

Module aims

The module aims to enable students to explore in depth an aspect of practice through the development of an independent project.

Module overview

  1. Identify an aspect of practice for development or improvement, with justification of the choice.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to undertake systematic literature reviewing to identify and select relevant resources.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to develop a reasoned argument and identify implications for or, improvements in, practice.
  4. Demonstrate the ability to work independently, including identification of resources, critical analysis, management of time and use of a project planning process.

Assessment strategy

Students can choose one of the following three options:

1.  Poster and Essay

Students will produce a poster based on their project, designed for presentation at a professional conference (1000 words). Students will also write an evaluative essay regarding the project.

2.  A literature review and the development of an implementation project plan/proposal for change.

3.  An improvement project, for example using IHI or BMJ Quality, but not limited to these methods.  Students undertaking this option must meet the following pre-requisites:

Completion of the IHI Open Units Q1 101: Fundamentals of Improvement, Q1 102: The Model for Improvement: Your Engine for Change, and Q1 103: Measuring for Improvement

(or similar); identification of an appropriate clinical supervisor.

The overall length of the assessment will be 5000-7000 words.

Module requirements

To undertake this module, students must have access to a computer and internet (preferably broadband). Students must have completed the core module Introduction to Research-Based Practice prior to taking this module.

Co-module leaders:

Dr Gavin Neilson and Mr Iain Rennie
For further information, please contact the module leader on:
Telephone: +44 (0)1382 85949 (Gavin)    +44 (0)1382 385053 (Iain)
 Email: g.r.neilson@dundee.ac.uk  Email: i.z.rennie@dundee.ac.uk

This module normally forms part of the postgraduate framework but can also be taken as a stand-alone module
 
SCQF Level: 11
SCQF Credits: 30
Total student effort: 300
 

Target Audience

The module is suitable to infection control practitioners in all countries and settings as the focus is on principles and the evidence-base. The introduction to applied microbiology will allow the student to begin to explore and demonstrate the impact of pathogenic micro-organisms in practice. This will then give them an understanding of the application of infection prevention and control interventions.

Delivery Details

Mode:  Online
The programme is intended to be interactive and supportive, allowing students opportunities to share ideas, knowledge and experience and to discuss and debate issues. A number of teaching and learning strategies will be utilised within the virtual learning environment.

Module Aim(s)

To enable students to critically explore the scientific knowledge and strategies that inform the development of best practice within the prevention and control of infection

Module Overview

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

  1. Develop a critical understanding of applied microbiology, host defence mechanisms and the function   of the laboratory in IPC
  2. Critically evaluate epidemiological, audit and surveillance data to determine appropriate interventions to prevent and control infection.
  3. Recognise and investigate incidents and outbreaks
  4. Implement effective, evidence-based practices such as standard and transmission based precautions.
  5. Critically discuss the aetiology of preventable healthcare-associated infections.
  6. Critically explore mechanisms to promote antimicrobial stewardship and manage antibiotic resistant organisms
  7. Engage in critical reflection to enhance personal and professional development

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy allows students to address issues in their setting, and consists of:

  • A short online presentation of challenges and solutions in a negotiated topic area
  • A critical, fully referenced reflective account on an area of practice, with recommendations for improvement
  • An online quiz

Module Requirements

Prior to undertaking this module students must be educated to degree level or equivalent.
They must also have access to a computer and internet (preferably broadband).
Students should have a responsibility for infection prevention and control.

Semester 2

This module forms part of the BSc degree. It can be taken as an option or stand-alone module.

Module code:NB30005 Local
SCQF Level:9 (6)
SCQF Credits:30 (15)
Total student effort: 300 hours

Target audience

Nurse /midwife/specialist community public health nurses who meet the NMC entry criteria for eligibility to undertake the module. Physiotherapists, radiographers and chiropodists/podiatrists who meet the HCPC entry criteria for eligibility to undertake the module.

Mode of delivery

There are 26 days of theoretical content delivered over one semester. University attendance is required for 11 days and the remaining 15 days equivalent is available online. In addition, students are required to log 78 hours (12 days) of learning in practice to achieve prescribing competencies. These are ratified by the designated medical practitioner.

Module aims

To prepare nurses, midwives and specialist community public health nurses, physiotherapists and podiatrists,  to prescribe safely, appropriately and cost effectively as independent and supplementary prescribers and radiographers to prescribe safely, appropriately and cost effectively as supplementary prescribers.

Module overview

This includes:

  • Consultation, decision-making and therapy including referral
  • Influences on and psychology of prescribing
  • Prescribing in a team context / Prescribing in the public health context
  • Clinical pharmacology including the effects of co-morbidity
  • Evidence-based practice and clinical governance in relation to non- medical prescribing
  • Legal, policy and ethical aspects /Professional accountability and responsibility

Assessment Strategy

  1. Learning in practice portfolio demonstrating achievement of NMC prescribing competencies confirmed by Designated Medical Practitioner (DMP) and completion of 12 days learning in practice
  2. Systematic and detailed examination of practice – assessment of consultation skills by the DMP
  3. Written examination - Pharmacology (80% pass mark) / Numeracy (100% pass mark)

Module requirements

Educated to relevant first degree level or equivalent. Students are required to have access to a computer with broadband internet access. The applicant must have the support of their employer and a Designated Medical Practitioner who will facilitate learning in practice and assess prescribing competence. The NMC requires employers to appraise nurse /midwife applicants as suitable to prescribe in their clinical field. This includes competence in history taking, assessment, diagnosis and ability to apply prescribing principles.

Student Reviews

Comments from students from the Non-medical Prescribing Module:

"I have a greater understanding of medicine management and pharmacology."

"Assignments throughout the module kept me focused and contributed towards my portfolio."

"It made me evaluate my professional practice and gave focus to my professional practice."

Module leader: Suzanne Bell

For further information, please contact the module leader on:
Telephone: +44 (0) 01382 385919
Email: s.q.bell@dundee.ac.uk

Module code: NB30053
SCQF Level: 9
SCQF Credits: 30 (15 ECTS)
Total student effort: 300 hours

Target audience

This module is suitable for practitioners with a responsibility for infection prevention and control in all countries and settings. 

Delivery details

The module will be delivered through online distance learning. Students will access all study materials and discussion boards through My Dundee and whilst the module is running, tutor support will be given on an as-required basis through email, discussion boards, telephone or other interactive methods.

Module aim

To provide students with the opportunity to critically explore and debate infection prevention and control issues, in order to develop a holistic and strategic understanding of their role, practice and influence for improvement through change.

Module overview

On completion of the module, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate the skills required to participate in the development of operational and strategic initiatives at local and national level.
  2. Appraise the ethical, legal and professional issues surrounding accountability and understand the consequences of failing to practise safely.
  3. Evaluate the decision making process, risk assessment, multi-professional and multi-disciplinary working, accountability and governance within complex situations, such as decontamination, outbreak management and the built environment.
  4. Demonstrate the ability to formulate, implement and evaluate learning and teaching strategies that promote quality and safe care.
  5. Examine and discuss core components of quality improvement and patient safety principles, approaches and application to service delivery.

Assessment strategy

This is in two parts and consists of an online activity and an essay

Module leader: Dr Emma Burnett.

For further information, please contact the module leader on:

Telephone: +44 (0)1382 386876.

Email:  E.Burnett@dundee.ac.uk

SCQF Level: 11 (Masters level)
SCQF Credits: 60
Total student effort: 600 hours
 

Target Audience

This module is highly suitable for practitioners who are currently, or in the process of developing/ advancing their practice in independent systematic patient assessments/ clinical examinations. This includes developing/ advancing a range of skills such as consultation, history taking and clinical examination skills (such as chest, abdominal and neurological), and initiating and/or conducting investigations to ensure patients receive a timely referral to the appropriate personnel and to facilitate a more timely diagnosis.

Mode of Delivery

  • Work-based learning
  • Face to face tutorials
  • Clinical skills sessions
  • Some e-learning and some directed, and self-directed open learning units

There are approximately 15 taught sessions in class/clinical skills centre over the course of the module (Between September and March)

Work-based learning in the students area of practice - the student will be supported and supervised by a delegated clinical supervisor(s) in agreement with their manager.

Module Aim(s)

To develop advanced knowledge and skills that will enable the practitioner to:

  • Perform independent systematic patient assessments/clinical examinations of a relevant patient group
  • Conduct/initiate/interpret relevant diagnostic procedures
  • Take account of the relevant national and local influences on clinical practice
  • Develop an in-depth understanding of the clinical sciences necessary to support independent systematic patient assessments.

Module Overview

This module aims to support practitioners in advancing their skills and knowledge of clinical assessments in diverse areas of practice e.g. Hospital at Night; Unscheduled Care and Nurse-led services.

Assessment Strategy

There are 4 components to the assessment strategy, i.e. the successful completion of two written critical reflective accounts and passing four objective structured clinical examination (OSCEs) and the work-based competency booklet. Students must achieve a pass grade in all components to pass the module. Based on previous feedback from students, all assessments are undertaken in semester two.

The two written critical reflective accounts relate to the specific competency standards in the Work-based competency booklet. Participation in the objective structured clinical examination (OSCE) involves the assessment of simulated patients in four aspects, i.e. history taking, chest and abdominal examination and neurological assessment.

The final component of the assessment strategy requires the student to successfully complete the Work-based competency booklet, which is assessed by their designated supervisor(s).

Module Requirements

Educated to relevant first degree level or equivalent.

Students are required to have access to a computer with broadband internet access.

Students must be working in a clinical area where they can develop their skills and knowledge and complete the required competencies. Agreement from the student's manager and a clinical supervisor(s) is required prior to commencement of the module.

Student Reviews

"The clinical sciences sessions allowed me to enhance my knowledge of cardiac and respiratory physiology which I have applied and demonstrated in my practice"

"The sessions in clinical skills with the simulated patients were very useful for practicing history-taking and examination skills"

Module Leaders: Mrs Fiona Paul/Mrs Colette Henderson

For further information, please contact the module leaders on:

Email:
f.paul@dundee.ac.uk
c.m.j.henderson@dundee.ac.uk

Telephone: +44 (0)1382 388534

Module code: NB30102 Local
SCQF Level: 9 (6)
SCQF Credits: 15 (7.5 ECTS)
Total student effort: 150 hours

Target audience

This module is suitable for any healthcare professional involved in delivering or managing the care of people with palliative care needs. This module is delivered by NHS Tayside and only available to students working in Tayside.

Delivery details

This module is delivered using a blended approach with two face to face study days held in NHS Tayside, followed by online learning. The module is accessible to staff working in Tayside.

The learning is delivered through My Dundee (the University virtual learning environment). Online learning offers students easy access to web resources and documents needed for their studies, as well as facilitating discussions and the exchange of ideas with fellow students and tutors. Anyone with access to the internet and basic IT skills will be able to use My Dundee.

Module aims

To explore the impact and importance of communication when working with people with palliative care needs and their families.  Reflect on the skills required to support therapeutic dialogues.

Module overview

The content for the module covers:

  • Communication; Values, attitudes and behaviours and professional practice
  • Communication barriers physical and psychosocial
  • Dignity conserving care
  • Spirituality
  • Sexuality
  • Working with families
  • Loss change and bereavement
  • Care of self

Learning outcomes

Analyse critically communication needs in palliative care for patients and their families. Examine critically concepts related to values, attitudes, and behaviours in relation to communication in palliative care for patients, families and healthcare workers. Evaluate the concept of loss in relation to communication in palliative care. Explore critically issues of equality and diversity in relation to access to palliative care.

Assessment strategy

The assessment for the module is a 2500 word essay 

Module requirements

To undertake this module, students must have access to a computer and internet (preferably broadband) and be working in NHS Tayside

Students who have previously completed any of the following modules: Generic Palliative Care (NB31029), Distance Learning Centre Bachelor of Nursing Palliative Care (C1 Palliative Care) or Palliative Care Perspectives (NB30035) cannot undertake this module. Please contact the module leaders for further advice if required.

Module leaders: Lynn Magro & Libby Cahir

NHS Tayside MacMillan Practice Educators 
For further information, please contact the module leaders on:
Telephone: 01382 423000 Ext 26266
Email: lynnmagro@nhs.net / libbycahir@nhs.net

Module code: NB30103 Local
SCQF Level: 9
SCQF Credits: 30 (15 ECTS)
Total student effort: 300 hours
 

Target audience

This module is suitable for any health professional, involved in delivering or managing the care of cardiac patients in the acute or community setting and working in NHS Tayside.

Delivery details

This module is delivered through a blended approach with a combination of 5 face to face contact days, work based learning and additional educational support through MyDundee (the University virtual learning environment). Access to MyDundee offers students easy access to web resources and documents needed for their studies, as well as facilitating discussions and the exchange of ideas with fellow students and tutors. 

Module aims

  • The aim of this module is to allow students to  explore the prevention, diagnosis, acute and long term management of common cardiac conditions
  • To  enable participants to  develop and apply underpinning  knowledge, skills and attitudes to the management of patients with acute and long term cardiac conditions

Through application to practice, students will develop the necessary evidence-based knowledge, attitudes and skills to make a safe and effective contribution to the care and management of cardiac patients across the continuum of care.

Module overview

The module covers key areas in the management of cardiac patients including

  • The pathophysiology and epidemiology of cardiac disease
  • Cardiovascular risk,  assessment and prevention
  • The clinical investigation of cardiac conditions
  • Differential diagnosis  and management of specific acute and long term cardiac conditions  e.g. Acute coronary syndrome (ACS), Heart Failure, Arrhythmias   
  • Pharmacological  and non-pharmacological management of cardiac conditions
  • Cardiac Rehabilitation, self-management and behaviour change   
  • Physical, psychological, and social impact of heart disease
  • Palliative care and end of life issues in cardiac patients

 

Learning outcomes

1. Critically review current issues in relation to the provision of care for patients presenting with acute and long term cardiac conditions.

2. Apply the underpinning knowledge  of the pathophysiology relevant to the assessment and management of acute and long term cardiac conditions

3. Apply underpinning knowledge of cardiovascular risk factors to  the  primary and secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease  

4. Analyse critically a range of appropriate tools to undertake a systematic and comprehensive assessment of patients presenting with cardiac problems.

5. Analyse critically the  local  care provision  for patients with acute and long term cardiac conditions in relation to the current research,  national standards and guidelines

6. Identify and develop strategies to evaluate and monitor the patients’ response to pharmacological, non-pharmacological and self-management interventions relevant to the specific management of patients with cardiac disorders.

7. Appraise social, psychological and  palliative care issues which may affect this client group  and analyse their implications on the patients and the family

Assessment strategy

The module assessment is in the form of a 4,500 word case study focussing on the care of a cardiac patient 

Module requirements

To undertake this module, students must be involved in the care of cardiac patients within either the acute or community setting

Module leader: Dr Karen Smith

For further information, please contact the module leader on:
Telephone: +44 (0)1382 384958
Email: k.m.smith@dundee.ac.uk

Module code: NB30104
SCQF Level: 9 (6)
SCQF Credits: 30 (15 ECTS)
Total student effort: 300 hours 

Target audience

This module is suitable for all health professionals, including nurses, midwives and allied health professionals.

Delivery details

This module will be delivered through online distance learning.  Students will acces all study materials and discussion boards through My Dundee , whilst the module is running, tutor support is given on an as required basis through email, discussion boards,  and telephone.

Module aims

This module aims to provide students with the opportunity to develop academic skills to inform and enhance their practice.

Module overview

On successful completion of the module students will be able to:

1.  Identify strengths and areas for further development in relation to academic skills.

2.  Develop skills to locate, access and retrieve relevant literature in a systematic way.

3.  Demonstrate an understanding of the nature of evidence and its context.

4.  Develop skills of ciritcal appraisal to inform decision-making in practice.

5.  Manage and communicate information in academic and practice contexts.

6.  Consolidate skills required for lifelong learning.

Assessment strategy

The assessment is a patchwork text assignment based on 4 stages.

 

Module requirements

To undertake this module, students must have access to a computer and internet (preferably broadband) and have basic IT skills.

Module leader: Karen Horsley

For further information, please contact the module leader on: Telephone: +44 (0)1382 381975
Email: k.j.horsley@dundee.ac.uk

Module code: NB30105
SCQF Level: 9
SCQF Credits: 30 (15 ECTS)
Total student effort: 300 hours

Target audience

This module is suitable for all health professionals, including nurses, midwives and allied health professionals.

Delivery details

The module is delivered through online distance learning. Students will access all study materials and discussion boards through My Dundee. Whilst the module is running tutor support is given on an as-required basis through email, discussion boards, telephone or other interactive methods.

Module aims

To provide the opportunity for students to integrate their developing knowledge of all aspects of the research process and its application to evidence-based practice.

Module overview

During study of this module students will

1. Explore the nature of research and examine its significance for health care practice.

2. Demonstrate understanding of advanced literature searching and the ability to appraise literature that reports research.

3. Demonstrate awareness of different ways of making sense of data.

4. Demonstrate understanding of the application of research findings to practice. 

Assessment strategy

The assessment is in three parts

Module requirements

To undertake this module, students must have access to a computer and internet (preferably broadband) and have basic IT skills.

Module leader:

For further information, please contact the Co-module leaders on:

Ann Grodzicka Telephone: +44 (0)1382 88521 Susan Redman Telephone +44 (0)1382 385943
Email: a.grodzicka@dundee.ac.uk Email: s.g.redman@dundee.ac.uk

Module code: NB30108
SCQF Level: 9
SCQF Credits: 30 (15)
Total student effort: 300 hours

Target audience

This module is suitable for all healthcare professionals

Delivery details

This module will be delivered through online distance learning.  Students will access all study materials and discussion boards through MyDundee, and whilst the module is running, tutor support is given on an as-required basis through email, discussion boards, telephone and other interactive methods.

Module aim

The aim of the module is to enable students to use a research/evidence based model to critique the nature of person-centredness to their own practice.

Module overview

1.  Explore and articulate beliefs and values underlying person-centredness.

2.  Engage in a critical review of the political and organisational factors influencing person-centredness in international and local contexts

3.  Critically appraise current evidence, theories and models which underpin person-centred care.

4.  Critically review how patients articulate their personhood in care settings.

5  Discuss and debate how a person-centred approach can be applied to different contexts and different client groups.

6.  Critically review how professionals care for themselves while delivering person-centred care.

7.  Debate and discuss the potential barriers and challenges to a person-centred practice.

 

Assessment strategy

Summative assessment will be a 4,500 word assignment.  Students will critically examiner an issue, using key themes from a person-centred model to critique their analysis of how person-centredness was supported or compromised in practice.

 

Module Requirements

All students undertaking this module must be a healthcare professional in their country of practice. Additionally students must be able to demonstrate that the module topic is relevant to their professional practice context. In addition students must have access to a computer and internet (preferably broadband).

Module Leader: Dr Antonia Lannie

For further information, please contact : 
Telephone 01382 386921

E-mail: l.lannie@dundee.ac.uk

SCQF Level: 9
SCQF Credits: 15 (7.5)
Total student effort: 150 hours

Target audience

This module is suitable for any healthcare professional involved in delivering or managing the care of people with palliative care needs. This module is delivered by NHS Tayside and only available to students working in Tayside.

Delivery details

This module is delivered using a blended approach with three face to face study days held in NHS Tayside, followed by online learning. The module is accessible to staff working in Tayside.

The online distance learning is delivered through My Dundee (the University virtual learning environment). This offers students easy access to web resources and documents needed for their studies, as well as facilitating discussions and the exchange of ideas with fellow students and tutors. Anyone with access to the internet and basic IT skills will be able to use My Dundee.

Module aims

To be able to identify patients who would benefit from a palliative approach to care and to explore the management of the common symptoms in palliative care patients.

Module overview

The content for the module covers:

  • Identification using prognostic indicators, performance status and trajectories
  • Assessment Tools – evaluation
  • Barriers to effective assessment and how to overcome these
  • Specific symptom management - pain, breathlessness and fatigue, last days of life
  • Issues of equality and diversity in relation to access to palliative care

Assessment strategy

The assessment for the module is a 2500 word essay that will give the student an opportunity to review the current literature, facilitating in depth understanding of their role in symptom management.

Module requirements

To undertake this module, students must have access to a computer and internet (preferably broadband) and have basic IT skills.

Students who have previously completed any of the following modules: Generic Palliative Care (NB31029), Distance Learning Centre Bachelor of Nursing Palliative Care (C1 Palliative Care) or Palliative Care Perspectives (NB30035) cannot undertake this module. Please contact the module leaders for further advice if required.

Module leaders: Lynn Mgro & Libby Cahir

NHS Tayside MacMillan Practice Educators

For further information, please contact the module leaders on:
Telephone: 01382 423000 Ext 26266
Email: lynnmagro@nhs.net / libbycahir@nhs.net

Module code: NB40100
SCQF Level: 10 (6)
SCQF Credits: 30 (15 ECTS)
Total student effort: 300 hours

Target audience

This module is suitable for all health professionals, including nurses, midwives and allied health professionals.

Delivery details

The module will be delivered through online distance learning. Students will access all study materials and discussion boards through My Dundee. Whilst the module is running, individual supervision with a named supervisor will be given.

Module aims

The module aims to enable students to explore in depth an aspect of practice through the development of an independent project.

Module overview

  1. Identify an aspect of practice for development or improvement, with justification of the choice.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to undertake systematic literature reviewing to identify and select relevant resources.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to develop a reasoned argument and identify implications for or, improvements in, practice.
  4. Demonstrate the ability to work independently, including identification of resources, critical analysis, management of time and use of a project planning process.

Assessment strategy

Students can choose one of the following three options:

1.  Poster and Essay

Students will produce a poster based on their project, designed for presentation at a professional conference (1000 words). Students will also write an evaluative essay regarding the project.

2.  A literature review and the development of an implementation project plan/proposal for change.

3.  An improvement project, for example using IHI or BMJ Quality, but not limited to these methods.  Students undertaking this option must meet the following pre-requisites:

Completion of the IHI Open Units Q1 101: Fundamentals of Improvement, Q1 102: The Model for Improvement: Your Engine for Change, and Q1 103: Measuring for Improvement

(or similar); identification of an appropriate clinical supervisor.

The overall length of the assessment will be 5000-7000 words.

Module requirements

To undertake this module, students must have access to a computer and internet (preferably broadband). Students must have completed the core module Introduction to Research-Based Practice prior to taking this module.

Co-module leaders:

Dr Gavin Neilson and Mr Iain Rennie
For further information, please contact the module leader on:
Telephone: +44 (0)1382 85949 (Gavin)    +44 (0)1382 385053 (Iain)
 Email: g.r.neilson@dundee.ac.uk  Email: i.z.rennie@dundee.ac.uk

This programme facilitates the development of graduate, lifelong learning skills (such as critical reflection, critical thinking, problem-solving and the use of evidence-based practice) to enhance the student’s professional and academic skills. This will maximise the opportunities for career development and progression.   

The table below indicates students’ progress and achievement on the BSc Nursing programme over the past three academic years.

Cohort and academic year Graduates Continuing students Withdrawn Job Placements

2014/15

September 2014

January 2015

 

47%

46%

 

8%

23%

 

45%

31%

 

100%

100%

2015/16

September 2015

January 2016

 

36%

9%

 

24%

55%

 

40%

36%
 

100%

100%

2016/17

September 2016

January 2017

 

0%

0%

 

74%

77%

 

26%

23%

 

100%

100%
Home fees 2018-19
Non EU fees 20181-9
30 credit module £770 30 credit module £1,980
15 credit module £385  15 credit module £990

Fees are charged on a per module basis. In many cases they can be paid in full or by instalments. All prices are subject to an annual review. 

Recognition for Prior Experiential Learning will be charged at £100.

Recognition for Prior Credited Learning will be charged at £100 per 10 credits.

You apply for this course via the UCAS Postgraduate (UKPASS) website which is free of charge. You can check the progress of your application online and you can also make multiple applications.

You'll need to upload relevant documents as part of your application. Please read the How to Apply page before you apply to find out about what you'll need.

  Degree Course Code
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