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MSc (T) Caring for Children and young People with Complex Health Needs

Academic Year 2016/17

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Programme Title

MSc (T) Caring for Children and young People with Complex Health Needs

Final Award
(exit route if applicable for Postgraduate Taught Programmes)

Master of Science

Programme Code

NAM-MSC-CC

UCAS Code

JACS Code

B700 (DESCR) 100

Criteria for Admissions

For current general University entry requirements for this pathway go to
http://www.qub.ac.uk/ado
Admission is via the Queen’s University Admissions Office, using online application.

Entrance Qualifications:

Applicants must have a recognised primary Degree in nursing, midwifery, allied health, social care, or related disciplines.

They shall normally hold a relevant primary Degree at 2:2 classification or above or equivalent. In line with the University’s RPL procedures, candidates who do not meet the above academic requirements will be considered on an individual basis where there is evidence of experience in a relevant area.

Additional Information for International Students:

Applicants whose first language is not English are normally required to have an IELTS score of 6.5 or a TOEFL score of 575 (paper based) or 90 (internet-based); evidence of these qualifications must be presented before an offer of admission is issued.

International applicants who do not hold one of these qualifications may be able to access the International Nursing Students English Preparation Course at INTO; a score of 65% in the INTO English Language Exit Test is required prior to admission to the MSc.

Student progress, review and support procedures

Full- and part-time routes
Full-time students must normally complete the MSc within one calendar year of first registration. Full-time students cannot undertake more than 120 credits of taught modules per academic year.

Part-time students must normally complete the MSc within three years of first registration. A part-time student cannot undertake more than 60 credits of taught modules per academic year. Part-time students would normally take 60 taught credits in years 1 and 2 and complete the dissertation in year 3. The timetabling of optional and compulsory modules accommodates this pattern of delivery and ensures that students have access to appropriate modules in both semesters.

For further information refer to the CPAD Student Handbook.

ATAS Clearance Required

No

Health Check Required

No

Portfolio Required

Interview Required

Mode of Study

Full Time

Type of Programme

Postgraduate

Length of Programme

1 Academic Year(s)

Total Credits for Programme

180

Exit Awards available

INSTITUTE INFORMATION

Awarding Institution/Body

Queen's University Belfast

Teaching Institution

Queen's University Belfast

School/Department

Nursing & Midwifery

Framework for Higher Education Qualification Level 
http://www.qaa.ac.uk/publications/information-and-guidance

Level 7

QAA Benchmark Group
http://www.qaa.ac.uk/assuring-standards-and-quality/the-quality-code/subject-benchmark-statements

Midwifery (2009)

Accreditations (PSRB)

Date of most recent Accreditation Visit

External Examiner Name:

External Examiner Institution/Organisation

Professor Michael Clark

Birmingham City University

REGULATION INFORMATION

Does the Programme have any approved exemptions from the University General Regulations
(Please see General Regulations)

No

Programme Specific Regulations

Programme Structure, Levels, Modules and Credits

To qualify for the Master of Science in Caring for Children and Young People with Complex Health Needs students must take and pass modules worth 120 CATS points and a dissertation worth 60 CATS points [180 CATS points total]. Students may also exit with a Postgraduate Diploma in Caring for Children and Young People with Complex Health Needs by successfully completing 120 CATS points from the taught pathway modules.

The MSc consists of taught modules of study and a dissertation. Students must successfully take and pass a total of seven to nine taught modules (120 CATS points), including: two compulsory cross-programme modules, two compulsory programme-specific modules; one compulsory research module and two to four optional modules that may be selected either from the cross programme modules or programme-specific modules (see list of modules, below) and a dissertation (60 CATS points).

Successful completion of all taught module requirements [120 CATS] is essential before students can proceed to the Dissertation element of the MSc.

Awards, Credits and Progression of Learning Outcomes

Examinations

Students must pass 120 CATS points of taught modules, including all compulsory modules on the programme, and complete a Dissertation (60 CATS points) to be eligible for the award of a Master of Science in Caring for Children and Young People with Complex Health Needs.

The pass mark for all taught modules and the dissertation is 50%.

Students who fail one or more taught modules are permitted one further attempt to pass at the next available opportunity for a maximum mark of 50%.

The dissertation must be submitted within a period of no more than two years after completion of the taught modules.

The school permits one attempt at dissertation resit for a maximum mark of 50%.

The degree will be classified in accordance with the University General Regulations, Study Regulations, Mark Scales.

Candidates who pass all the taught modules, including all compulsory modules, but who fail to achieve a mark of at least 50% in the dissertation shall be eligible for the award of Postgraduate Diploma in Caring for Children and Young People with Complex Health Needs.

Candidates who pass all the taught modules, including all compulsory modules, but who fail to submit a dissertation shall be eligible for the award of Postgraduate Diploma in Caring for Children and Young People with Complex Health Needs.

For Master’s Degrees, a pass with distinction will be awarded only when the following three conditions have been satisfied: an overall average of 70+ is achieved and a mark of 70+ is achieved in the dissertation module and an average of 65+ is achieved in the other modules.

Students with protected characteristics

No impediments to applicants for this programme

Are students subject to Fitness to Practise Regulations

(Please see General Regulations)

No
Relevant to healthcare professional body

EDUCATIONAL AIMS OF PROGRAMME

The overall aim of the MSc in Caring for Children and Young People with Complex Health Needs is to offer high quality supportive teaching and learning environments that provide graduates with:

1. Skills necessary to promote and sustain innovative and emerging practice.

2. Intellectual and transferable skills necessary to function in positions of leadership and caring for children and young people with complex health needs.

3. Skills enabling graduates to critically review and introduce current evidence to practice or other investigative strategies relevant to caring for children and young people with complex health needs and their families.

4. Extensive research through execution of a Dissertation related to caring for children and young people with complex health needs.

Skills necessary to promote and sustain innovative and emerging practice.

Intellectual and transferable skills necessary to function in positions of leadership and caring for children and young people with complex health needs.

Skills enabling graduates to critically review and introduce current evidence to practice or other investigative strategies relevant to caring for children and young people with complex health needs and their families.

Extensive research through execution of a Dissertation related to caring for children and young people with complex health needs.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Learning Outcomes: Cognitive Skills

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Apply a constant and integrated approach to analysis, evaluation and synthesis of all levels of evidence relating to caring for children and young people with complex health needs

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

The programme will be supported by lectures, tutorials, group discussion forums, computer assisted learning, supervision, distance learning, directed and independent reading.

Methods of Assessment

Assessment will be through written assignment, examination and dissertation.

Identify and offer advanced insights into complex and abstract ideas, arguments, theories and practice

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

The programme will be supported by lectures, tutorials, group discussion forums, computer assisted learning, supervision, distance learning, directed and independent reading.

Methods of Assessment

Assessment will be through written assignment, examination and dissertation.

Nurture creative and original responses to challenges around caring for children and young people with complex health needs

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

The programme will be supported by lectures, tutorials, group discussion forums, computer assisted learning, supervision, distance learning, directed and independent reading.

Methods of Assessment

Assessment will be through written assignment, examination and dissertation.

Identify, understand, interpret and evaluate theories and research and reflect on how these can inform interventions, care and practice.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

The programme will be supported by lectures, tutorials, group discussion forums, computer assisted learning, supervision, distance learning, directed and independent reading.

Methods of Assessment

Assessment will be through written assignment, examination and dissertation.

Learning Outcomes: Transferable Skills

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Communicate at an advanced level to a range of audiences and adapt communication method to context and purpose

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

The programme will be supported by lectures, tutorials, group discussion forums, computer assisted learning, supervision, distance learning, directed and independent reading.

Methods of Assessment

Assessment will be through written assignment, examination and dissertation.

Communicate effectively to peers and experts using critical dialogue in keeping with national standards and expectations within caring for children and young people with complex health needs

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

The programme will be supported by lectures, tutorials, group discussion forums, computer assisted learning, supervision, distance learning, directed and independent reading.

Methods of Assessment

Assessment will be through written assignment, examination and dissertation.

Use a range of resources to support and enhance work at Masters level

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

The programme will be supported by lectures, tutorials, group discussion forums, computer assisted learning, supervision, distance learning, directed and independent reading.

Methods of Assessment

Assessment will be through written assignment, examination and dissertation.

Exercise a level of autonomy and initiative in professional and equivalent activities

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

The programme will be supported by lectures, tutorials, group discussion forums, computer assisted learning, supervision, distance learning, directed and independent reading.

Methods of Assessment

Assessment will be through written assignment, examination and dissertation.

Demonstrate leadership in tackling and solving problems and issues

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

The programme will be supported by lectures, tutorials, group discussion forums, computer assisted learning, supervision, distance learning, directed and independent reading.

Methods of Assessment

Assessment will be through written assignment, examination and dissertation.

Work in ways that are reflective, self-critical and evidence-based

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

The programme will be supported by lectures, tutorials, group discussion forums, computer assisted learning, supervision, distance learning, directed and independent reading.

Methods of Assessment

Assessment will be through written assignment, examination and dissertation.

Work with a range of students and academics from different disciplines

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

The programme will be supported by lectures, tutorials, group discussion forums, computer assisted learning, supervision, distance learning, directed and independent reading.

Methods of Assessment

Assessment will be through written assignment, examination and dissertation.

Make informed judgements on emerging issues linked to practice

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

The programme will be supported by lectures, tutorials, group discussion forums, computer assisted learning, supervision, distance learning, directed and independent reading.

Methods of Assessment

Assessment will be through written assignment, examination and dissertation.

Learning Outcomes: Knowledge & Understanding

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Demonstrate a critical understanding of principal theories, principles and concepts of caring for children and young people with complex health needs in a range of contexts

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

The programme will be supported by lectures, tutorials, group discussion forums, computer-assisted learning, distance learning, directed and independent reading and supervision.

Methods of Assessment

Assessment will be by written assignment, examination and dissertation.

Demonstrate a critical and advanced knowledge and understanding of policy and practice in caring for children and young people with complex health needs and supporting families

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

The programme will be supported by lectures, tutorials, group discussion forums, computer-assisted learning, distance learning, directed and independent reading and supervision.

Methods of Assessment

Assessment will be by written assignment, examination and dissertation.

Develop advanced knowledge and understanding of evidence-based and evidence-informed practice, generated through personal study and investigation, which could make a contribution to the development of caring for children and young people with complex health needs

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

The programme will be supported by lectures, tutorials, group discussion forums, computer-assisted learning, distance learning, directed and independent reading and supervision.

Methods of Assessment

Assessment will be by written assignment, examination and dissertation.

Demonstrate a critical understanding of incorporating best available research evidence into practice in caring for children and young people with complex health needs and supporting families.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

The programme will be supported by lectures, tutorials, group discussion forums, computer-assisted learning, distance learning, directed and independent reading and supervision.

Methods of Assessment

Assessment will be by written assignment, examination and dissertation.

Learning Outcomes: Subject Specific

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Demonstrate evidence of reflection on their experience and professional practice (where appropriate) in relation to caring for children and young people with complex health needs and supporting families

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

The programme will be supported by lectures, tutorials, group discussion forums, computer assisted learning, distance learning, directed and independent reading and supervision.

Methods of Assessment

Assessment will be by written assignment, examination and dissertation.

Able to critically analyse and review relevant research and practice in the provision of health and social care to children and young people with complex health needs and their families

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

The programme will be supported by lectures, tutorials, group discussion forums, computer assisted learning, distance learning, directed and independent reading and supervision.

Methods of Assessment

Assessment will be by written assignment, examination and dissertation.

Demonstrate the development and application of advanced knowledge, understanding and practices to caring for children and young people with complex health needs

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

The programme will be supported by lectures, tutorials, group discussion forums, computer assisted learning, distance learning, directed and independent reading and supervision.

Methods of Assessment

Assessment will be by written assignment, examination and dissertation.

Design and execute Masters level investigation or development of research projects relating to children or young people with complex health needs and within the context of their own interest and/or professional role.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

The programme will be supported by lectures, tutorials, group discussion forums, computer assisted learning, distance learning, directed and independent reading and supervision.

Methods of Assessment

Assessment will be by written assignment, examination and dissertation.

MODULE INFORMATION

Programme Requirements

Module Title

Module Code

Level/ stage

Credits

Availability

Duration

Pre-requisite

 

Assessment

 

 

 

 

S1

S2

 

 

Core

Option

Coursework %

Practical %

Examination %

Independent Study Module

NUR7008

7

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Dissertation

NUR7009

7

60

24 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Qualitative Research Methods

NUR7010

7

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Applied Research Methods and Statistics in Healthcare

NUR7002

7

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

70%

0%

30%

Law for Health Care Professionals

HSN7013

7

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Successful leading for health and social care professionals

HSN7032

7

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Foundations of Children's Rights

EDU7219

7

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Childhood Adversity

PSY7077

7

10

YES

6 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Improving Outcomes using Evidence Based Interventions

PSY7080

7

10

YES

6 weeks

N

YES

80%

20%

0%

Theoretical Perspectives on Child and Adolescent Development

PSY7081

7

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Qualitative Research with Children and Young People

SOC9049

7

10

YES

3 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Perspectives on Childhood and Youth

NUR7017

7

10

YES

1 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Childhood and Youth Research in Practice

NUR7018

7

10

YES

6 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Economic Impact of Childhood Interventions

NUR7021

7

10

YES

6 weeks

N

YES

80%

0%

20%

Perspectives of family centred health & social care

HSN7038

7

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Notes

HSN7022 Compulsory only for those students commencing the programme from academic year 2015/16 onwards.

Students MUST take either NUR7010 or NUR7002.