Professional course

Independent Study

20 credit, level 3 or Masters level module

About this course

Course code:
UZWRGE203
Applications:
University
Level:
Professional/Short Course
Department:
Nursing and Midwifery
Campus:
Glenside
Course director:
Judith Worthington
Key fact:
Nursing and Midwifery Independent Study is also available at 15, 20, 30 and 40 Credit, level 3 or Masters level module/s: UZWSV7-15-3/ UZWR1P-15-M, UZWRGE-20-3/ UZWR1L-20-M, UZWSV9-30-3/UZWR1Q-30-M, UZWR1M-40-3/UZWR1N-40-M

Page last updated 1 September 2016

Introduction

On successful completion of this Independent Study module at level 3 you will be able to:

  • Identify an aspect of practice that lends itself to study and exploration.
  • Critically review a range of theories related to the knowledge base of an aspect of practice identified for exploration.
  • Justify and analyse your ideas and/or views related to the identified aspect of practice and related to professional practice.
  • Engage with debates in relation to ways in which your own practice might be enhanced, improved or maintained.
  • Reflect upon evaluation strategies for practice.

at Masters level:

  • Identify and justify an aspect of practice that lends itself to study and exploration.
  • Critically examine and review an extensive range of theories supporting the knowledge base of an aspect of practice identified for focused exploration.
  • Justify and analyse your ideas and/or views related to the identified aspect of practice and related to professional practice.
  • Critically engage with professional debates in relation to ways in which your own practice might be enhanced, improved or maintained.
  • Convincingly evidence detailed and deep understanding and evaluation in specialised areas and of current theory and research.

Careers / Further study

This level 3 module can contribute towards:

  • BSc(Hons) Specialist Practice
  • BSc(Hons) Professional Development
  • BSc(Hons) Professional Studies

The Masters level can contribute towards:

  • MSc Advanced Practice,
  • MSc Specialist Practice,
  • MSc Professional Development,
  • BSc(Hons) Nursing
  • Graduate Diploma Nursing

Structure

Content

The specific content of the module will be negotiated with a member of academic staff and will vary as a function of the identified area of practice for exploration.

There is no formal contact time and you can expect to receive sufficient support to remain focused. You will engage with the relevent staff member and identify early on what your focus for the Independent Study will be.

You will be encouraged to integrate your practice activities into the study perhaps visiting specialist areas of practice to inform your own - you will have to arrange this.

This Independent Study module does NOT entitle you or expect you to carry out research.

Learning and Teaching

A learning contract will be negotiated between you and a member of academic staff; from which a programme of study will be agreed. This programme may include use of one or more of the following: self-directed learning; tutorials; seminars; study days; open or distance learning.

Study time

Your contact time with staff will take the form of supervision and academic support sufficient to enable you to reflect upon and map your development and focus for the Independent Study (IS).  

Contact time may also be through the use of email discussion groups, virtual learning environments (VLEs) and other technology-aided means. It can also take place in a work-based setting by negotiation.

Assessment

A 3000 word submission (or equivalent). The title to be agreed.

You will have the opportunities for formative assessment and to discuss your approach and negotiate the content and process of your report with the supervisor.

The title of the submission will be agreed as part of the learning contract and will reflect an area of practice identified for exploration. This assessment strategy is most suited to Independent Study as it enables you to agree on a design that best represents your aim and agree how you prefer to approach the assignment and required assessment.

This assessment is flexible to enable you to represent your achievements, refinements, developments and planning of their practice. A reflective approach is encouraged to enable the you to best represent your academic and practice achievements.

Prices and dates

Supplementary fee information

Please visit full fee information to see the price brackets for our modules.

Funding may be available to support your learning. Please contact your Trust Education Lead. If you work in the Private, Independent and Voluntary Sector, please contact your employer who will advise you.

Dates

Please contact the Course Director.

How to apply

How to apply

You will apply online for your CPD modules, which you can take as stand-alone courses or as part of an undergraduate (level 3) or postgraduate (Masters level) programme.

Our how to apply page can assist you with further information prior to submitting your online application. 

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