Professional course Principles of Neurosciences

Entry year
Course code
Professional/Short Course
Nursing and Midwifery
Programme leader
Mandy Freeman

20 credit level 3 or Masters level module

Page last updated 2 April 2020


The Principles of Neurosciences is a 20 credit module, available at level 3 (UZWSAC-20-3) and Masters level (UZWSAD-20-M).

A variety of approaches will be adopted in the Principles of Neurosciences module in order to further develop skills of clinical judgement.

The emphasis will be on self-directed learning via e-learning methods. Other teaching methods utilised will consist of, discussions, structured exercises, tutorials, seminars, case studies and masterclasses.

Entry requirements

Working in a relevant practice area and the ability to study at level 3 or masters level.

Careers / Further study

The Level 3 module can contribute towards:

  • BSc(Hons) Specialist Practice (District Nursing)
  • BSc(Hons) Health and Social Care
  • MSc Specialist Practice (District Nursing)
  • MSc Advanced Practice
  • Professional Development Award

The Masters level module can contribute towards:

  • MSc Specialist Practice (District Nursing)
  • MSc Advanced Practice
  • Professional Development Awards




  • Principles of neuromedical and neurosurgical practice relating to acute and long term conditions.
  • Comprehensive neurological assessment, observation, intervention and evaluation of the conscious and unconscious child/adult individual.
  • Assessing the well-being and future provisions of child/adult individual and carers with End of Life conditions.
  • Assessment of change in cognitive function and mental health in child/adult individuals with a Neuromedical or Neurosurgical condition.
  • Interpersonal skills e.g. reactions of the child/adult individual to stress, factors which contribute to good relationships, methods of communication and the effects of breakdown in communication
  • Values of others in relation to illness and the users" perspective.
  • IT and literacy skills

Scientific knowledge

  • Pharmacology of drugs used in treating neurological conditions
  • The application of evidence to the care and management of child/adult individuals within the neuroscience setting.
  • Applied neuroanatomy and physiology
  • Psychological and social aspects of neurological conditions
  • Aetiology, pathology and clinical picture of neurological conditions

Context of managing the individual with a neuroscience condition

  • Methods and advances in diagnostic and current therapeutic approaches to their treatment
  • Implications of international, national and local policies governing neuroscience practice; child protection, code of conduct, national service framework, community care act, research governance
  • Organisation and management of the delivery of care related to national and local policies within the context of inter professional working
  • Principles, aims and objectives of rehabilitation
  • Challenges of educating individuals and carers in an Adult/Paediatric neuroscience setting
  • Role of Clinical Governance in working practise
  • Ethico-legal issues relating to practice for the safe guard of the child/adult individual
  • Provision of resources and facilities to meet the needs of the child/adult individuals with long-term neurological disease or disability.


In order to accurately assess the representation of the inter-professional and multidisciplinary student, the acknowledgment of the Neuroscience environment is essential in order to capture the essence of the individual.

Component A is a two element assessment which complement and assist each other in their representation of the Neuroscience subject. The student is given the opportunity to demonstrate an individual understanding of their discipline in accordance to managing the individual with a Neuroscience condition when presenting their timeline, as well as enhancing this by way of the supporting essay.

Component B allows the student the ability to explore their changing practice in accordance to their increasing knowledge base and how best this is represented within the workplace to the benefit of their patients, environment and colleagues.

Component A, element 1:
The Timeline asks the student to research a chosen specialist topic relevant to their own working environment, and which reflects the learning outcomes of the module handbook. The timeline can either be a disease process or condition identified from their practical experience; which link with their chosen target group and can be either one client or client group.

The timeline is a working document that will demonstrate the process of the disease from its infancy to the point identified by the acknowledged client and beyond. Demonstrating a comprehensive understanding as well as critical evaluation skills to determine perceptive change that effect current therapeutic outcomes.

The timeline is then presented, although the presentation itself is not assessed, the student will be assessed on their ability to:

  • Clearly explain the rational for the topic choice
  • Demonstrate a critical understanding of the topic
  • Critically evaluate supporting and contradictory information.

Component A, element 2:
A 1500 word supporting essay that would seek to bring together and reiterate the supporting evidence representing a critical and innovative evaluation. The conclusion should then demonstrate the logical development of change, bringing together critical analysis and synthesis that displays student participation.

This component will seek to demonstrate the students' ability to critically evaluate current practice throughout the process of therapeutic care of subject, exhibiting strength and knowledge throughout.

Component B:
The Professional Development Profile (PDP) will look to evidence how knowledge has effected change in practice.

Students will document at least three areas of change that will demonstrate their ability to critically analyse, synthesise and evaluate the key issues context of current literature and emerging research, considering possible options/novel solutions for current and future neuroscience practice.


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Please note: Priority will be given to applications received through our funded educational contracts.  Places on this module will be limited for applications received outside of this funding.  Please check with your employer as a funded contract place may still be available to support your learning.


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How to apply

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

Please note: Priority will be given to applications received through our funded educational contracts.  Places on this module will be limited for applications received outside of this funding.  Please check with your employer as a funded contract place may still be available to support your learning.

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