Advanced Health Promotion
This module will explore practical aspects of health promotion, including how to develop strategic and action plans for health promotion. Students will be introduced to behavioural theory as it relates to changes in health behaviour and lifestyle, as well as looking at the larger social dimensions related to lifestyle. The module will also provide tools for assessing community health needs, planning health promotion activities, using participatory methodologies that engage communities in developing their own healthy lifestyles, while also examining the pitfalls of participatory processes.
Advanced Research Design
This module aims to equip students with skills to find, appraise and utilize research, as well as plan and design a piece of research work. It seeks to prepare students to define a suitable research question and to use this as a basis for identifying appropriate research methodologies for a small-scale research project or dissertation. This module is designed to impart the skills to enable students to plan and outline a rationale for a literature review. It focuses on research as part of a body of evidence used for health and social care practice, and provides an overview of methodologies and methods commonly used in health and social care policies and working environments.
This module will examine the history, causes and epidemiology of communicable diseases. Associated morbidity and mortality, both nationally and globally, will be considered together with trends in established and emerging infections. Methods to prevent and control infection will be discussed, including surveillance, screening and vaccination strategies. Students will have the opportunity to increase their knowledge and understanding of microbiology, immunology and the legal and ethical aspects of infection control to underpin this material. Students will also develop a greater understanding of the relationship between the methods concerning the spread of disease and the behavioural aspects, which influence the outcome. Students will also develop an understanding of the relationship between the different healthcare and other professionals involved in communicable disease control, and how different settings can affect this relationship. The importance of good communication and collaborative working will be demonstrated.
Evidence Based Practice
This module aims to explore and critique theories, models and strategies for evidence-based practice, with application to the health and social care setting. Examination of the purposes, uses and limitations of various approaches to evidence-based practice, with consideration of political and economic dimensions. Consideration of the concepts of decision-making from the practitioner, purchaser, provider and consumer perspectives. Exploration of some available tools for critical-appraisal and the transfer of evidence to professional knowledge. Sharing of the work of experts, researchers and the student group for discussion and critique.
Leadership in Health and Social Care
The module offers students the opportunity to develop and apply the knowledge, conceptual and practice skills needed to be an effective leader within health and social care environments, both in the public and private sector. Through a range of assessment and learning opportunities such as seminar, group work and guided personal study, students will deepen their awareness of key theories and the research evidence on leadership practice and its application at a personal, organisational and inter-organisational level.
Mastering Professional Nursing Practice
This module enables registered nurses to analyse and debate key theories and issues in the advancement of their professional practice. Students will examine developments within their professional field and in relation to their own role, particularly their role when caring for patients from different cultural backgrounds. In addition, students will be supported in the enhancement of self-awareness and personal / professional growth through the use of strategies that include reflective practice and critical thinking. This will enable students to demonstrate how they have mastered (advanced) their nursing practice through the development of their transcultural nursing knowledge.
The Dissertation will involve the students in a piece of investigative research and provides an opportunity to demonstrate the development of their scholarship skills. The students will be expected to demonstrate their ability to focus on a specific research question(s) but also display a wide appreciation of the context of the chosen topic. The research design used will be an in-depth, critical literature review. The investigation should encompass systematic collection and analysis of data and reflect awareness of the implications of the research for practice, theory, education, management and future research. Students are allocated a supervisor for the duration of the module and receive individual research supervision.