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BSc Neonatal Studies

Academic Year 2019/20

A programme specification is required for any programme on which a student may be registered. All programmes of the University are subject to the University's Quality Assurance processes. All degrees are awarded by Queen's University Belfast.

Programme Title BSc Neonatal Studies Final Award
(exit route if applicable for Postgraduate Taught Programmes)
Bachelor of Science
Programme Code NAM-BSC-NE UCAS Code HECoS Code 100280
ATAS Clearance Required No
Mode of Study Part Time
Type of Programme Single Honours Length of Programme 5 Academic Year(s) Total Credits for Programme 120
Exit Awards available

INSTITUTE INFORMATION

Teaching Institution

Queen's University Belfast

School/Department

Nursing & Midwifery

Framework for Higher Education Qualification Level 
www.qaa.ac.uk

Level 6

QAA Benchmark Group
www.qaa.ac.uk/quality-code/subject-benchmark-statements

Midwifery (2001)

Accreditations (PSRB)

REGULATION INFORMATION

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

No

Programme Specific Regulations

Awards, Credits and Progression of Learning Outcomes

Examinations
Assessment of Modules:

Assessment or examination will take place at the end of each module. The outline of the method of assessment in each case is available in the individual module proformas. Students must complete all modules and achieve a satisfactory outcome in all compulsory elements. The pass mark for all modules is 40%. Resits for modules will be facilitated at the next available examination/assessment opportunity.

Failure in Assessment:

Where a student has attained an overall pass mark for a module but has not achieved a satisfactory performance in all the specified compulsory elements the result may, at the discretion of the Board of Examiners, be recorded as incomplete. In all cases of failure or incompletion, the Board of Examiners will be responsible for deciding whether the whole module or only specified components should be repeated.

In the case of exceptional circumstances, the School Exceptional Circumstances Committee can make recommendations to the Board of Examiners which permit students to retake failed modules as a first attempt.

The Board of Examiners will consider progress issues, and may specify conditions under which the student may continue the course or require them to withdraw. Students will have the right of appeal to the Central Student Appeals Committee whose decision shall be final.


Awards, Credits & Progression of Learning Outcomes:
NB The information in this section must be read in conjunction with the general University Regulations.

The BSc is a 5 year, part-time course leading to the award of a BSc in Neonatal Studies

The award will be dependent on the student achieving the following:

- satisfactory completion of all theoretical modules/components

- satisfactory attendance at all timetabled classes and submission of elements of assessment and obtain a pass mark in each separate element.

Candidates who successfully complete 120 credits will be awarded a BSc in Neonatal Studies. A candidate for the Degree, who has satisfied the examiners, shall be placed in one of three classes, the Second class being in two divisions. The BSc in Neonatal Studies will be classified in line with the University General Regulations.

Course Structure

Students will follow a part-time programme of education of not less than two years duration.

Attendance

Students are required to fulfil the compulsory attendance requirements for each module in terms of:

- timetabled classes (to include lectures, seminars, tutorials, practicals and any other classes which may from time to time be prescribed);

Students who fail to satisfy the attendance requirements will be referred to the Programme Coordinator and if their absence is deemed to compromise their satisfactory completion of the course may be referred to the Board of Examiners for consideration.

Students with protected characteristics

No impediments to applicants for this programme

Are students subject to Fitness to Practise Regulations

(Please see General Regulations)

Yes
Fitness to Practise programmes are those which permit students to enter a profession which is itself subject to Fitness to Practise rules.

EDUCATIONAL AIMS OF PROGRAMME

The overall aim of the curriculum is to prepare the student to practise safely and effectively so that, on completion of the programme, the student can assume the responsibilities and accountability required to work in a neonatal setting.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Learning Outcomes: Cognitive Skills

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

Demonstrate a infant-centred approach to care based on partnership, which respects the individuality of the baby and his/her family

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures
Tutorials
Seminars
Self-directed learning
Group work
Mentorship in clinical practice
Problem solving case studies
E Learning
Practicals

Methods of Assessment

Written Examinations
Assignments
Practical Examinations
On-line multiple choice examinations
Poster presentations

Promote ethical and non-discriminatory practice

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures
Tutorials
Seminars
Self-directed learning
Group work
Mentorship in clinical practice
Problem solving case studies
E Learning
Practicals

Methods of Assessment

Written Examinations
Assignments
Practical Examinations
On-line multiple choice examinations

Reflect the quality dimension of care through the setting and maintenance of appropriate midwifery/nursing standards

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures
Tutorials
Seminars
Self-directed learning
Group work
Mentorship in clinical practice
Problem solving case studies
E Learning
Practicals

Methods of Assessment

Written Examinations
Assignments
Practical Examinations
On-line multiple choice examinations

Encompassing key skills including communications and teamwork

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures
Tutorials
Seminars
Self-directed learning
Group work
Mentorship in clinical practice
Problem solving case studies
E Learning
Practicals

Methods of Assessment

Written Examinations
Assignments
Practical Examinations
On-line multiple choice examinations

Take account of the changing nature of midwifery/nursing practice

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures
Tutorials
Seminars
Self-directed learning
Group work
Mentorship in clinical practice
Problem solving case studies
E Learning
Practicals

Methods of Assessment

Written Examinations
Assignments
Practical Examinations
On-line multiple choice examinations
Poster presentations

Practice on the best available evidence base

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures
Tutorials
Seminars
Self-directed learning
Group work
Mentorship in clinical practice
Problem solving case studies
E Learning
Practicals

Methods of Assessment

Written Examinations
Assignments
Practical Examinations
On-line multiple choice examinations
Poster presentations

Learning Outcomes: Transferable Skills

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

Personal and Interpersonal Skills:
- Communication, listening, professionalism, teaching/presentation skills.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures
Tutorials
Seminars
Self-directed learning
Group work
Mentorship in clinical practice
Problem solving case studies
E Learning
Practicals

Methods of Assessment

Written Examinations
Assignments
Practical Examinations
On-line multiple choice examinations

Relationship Skills:
- Sensitivity, empathy, sympathy, appropriate self-disclosure

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures
Tutorials
Seminars
Self-directed learning
Group work
Mentorship in clinical practice
Problem solving case studies
E Learning
Practicals

Methods of Assessment

Written Examinations
Assignments
Practical Examinations
On-line multiple choice examinations

Group Work Skills:
- Leadership, group facilitation skills, giving and receiving feedback

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures
Tutorials
Seminars
Self-directed learning
Group work
Mentorship in clinical practice
Problem solving case studies
E Learning
Practicals

Methods of Assessment

Written Examinations
Assignments
Practical Examinations
On-line multiple choice examinations

Problem-solving Assessment Skills:
- Problem analysis, creative thinking, decision making, negotiation skills, reflection, evaluation, observation and referral.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures
Tutorials
Seminars
Self-directed learning
Group work
Mentorship in clinical practice
Problem solving case studies
E Learning
Practicals

Methods of Assessment

Written Examinations
Assignments
Practical Examinations
On-line multiple choice examinations

Organisational Skills:
- Time management, goal and objective setting.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures
Tutorials
Seminars
Self-directed learning
Group work
Mentorship in clinical practice
Problem solving case studies
E Learning
Practicals

Methods of Assessment

Written Examinations
Assignments
Practical Examinations
On-line multiple choice examinations

Study, Literacy and Numeracy Skills:
- Reading, writing, information retrieval, referencing, analysing, safe drug calculation and administration.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures
Tutorials
Seminars
Self-directed learning
Group work
Mentorship in clinical practice
Problem solving case studies
E Learning
Practicals

Methods of Assessment

Written Examinations
Assignments
Practical Examinations
On-line multiple choice examinations

Application of IT and Research Skills:
- Research awareness, literature search skills and evidence based practice

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures
Tutorials
Seminars
Self-directed learning
Group work
Mentorship in clinical practice
Problem solving case studies
E Learning
Practicals

Methods of Assessment

Written Examinations
Assignments
Practical Examinations
On-line multiple choice examinations
Poster presentations

Risk Assessment Skills:
- Awareness of needs assessment, utilization of risk assessment model/framework.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures
Tutorials
Seminars
Self-directed learning
Group work
Mentorship in clinical practice
Problem solving case studies
E Learning
Practicals

Methods of Assessment

Written Examinations
Assignments
Practical Examinations
On-line multiple choice examinations

Management Skills:
- Ability to manage self, accept responsibility, plan in collaboration with other professionals.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures
Tutorials
Seminars
Self-directed learning
Group work
Mentorship in clinical practice
Problem solving case studies
E Learning
Practicals

Methods of Assessment

Written Examinations
Assignments
Practical Examinations
On-line multiple choice examinations

Learning Outcomes: Knowledge & Understanding

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

Formulate and document a plan of neonatal care, in partnership with parents

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures
Tutorials
Seminars
Self-directed learning
Group work
Mentorship in clinical practice
Problem solving case studies
E Learning
Practicals

Methods of Assessment

Written Examinations
Assignments
Practical examinations
On-line multiple choice examinations

Based on the best available evidence, apply knowledge in the planning and implementation of care

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures
Tutorials
Seminars
Self-directed learning
Group work
Mentorship in clinical practice
Problem solving case studies
E Learning
Practicals

Methods of Assessment

Written Examinations
Assignments
Practical examinations
On-line multiple choice examinations

Provide a rationale for the neonatal care delivered taking into account the social, cultural, spiritual and economic influences

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures
Tutorials
Seminars
Self-directed learning
Group work
Mentorship in clinical practice
Problem solving case studies
E Learning
Practicals

Methods of Assessment

Written Examinations
Assignments
Practical examinations
On-line multiple choice examinations
Poster presentations

Evaluate and document the outcomes of neonatal care and other interventions

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures
Tutorials
Seminars
Self-directed learning
Group work
Mentorship in clinical practice
Problem solving case studies
E Learning
Practicals

Methods of Assessment

Written Examinations
Assignments
Practical examinations
On-line multiple choice examinations
Poster presentations

Maintain a safe environment of care through the use of quality assurance and risk management strategies

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures
Tutorials
Seminars
Self-directed learning
Group work
Mentorship in clinical practice
Problem solving case studies
E Learning
Practicals

Methods of Assessment

Written Examinations
Assignments
Practical examinations
On-line multiple choice examinations

Demonstrate knowledge of effective inter-professional working practices with other disciplines

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures
Tutorials
Seminars
Self-directed learning
Group work
Mentorship in clinical practice
Problem solving case studies
E Learning
Practicals

Methods of Assessment

Written Examinations
Assignments
Practical examinations
On-line multiple choice examinations

Learning Outcomes: Subject Specific

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

Practise safely and effectively

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures
Tutorials
Seminars
Self-directed learning
Group work
Mentorship in clinical practice
Problem solving case studies
E Learning
Practicals

Methods of Assessment

Written Examinations
Assignments
Practical Examinations
On-line multiple choice examinations

Recognise the fundamental focus of holistic care, choice and control.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures
Tutorials
Seminars
Self-directed learning
Group work
Mentorship in clinical practice
Problem solving case studies

Methods of Assessment

Written Examinations
Assignments
Practical Examinations
On-line multiple choice examinations
Poster presentations

Recognise the individuality and the rights of each baby.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures
Tutorials
Seminars
Self-directed learning
Group work
Mentorship in clinical practice
Problem solving case studies
E Learning
Practicals

Methods of Assessment

Written Examinations
Assignments
Practical Examinations
On-line multiple choice examinations
Poster presentations

Provide care to meet identified needs within a framework of assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating care, promoting individualised care planning.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures
Tutorials
Seminars
Self-directed learning
Group work
Mentorship in clinical practice
Problem solving case studies
E Learning
Practicals

Methods of Assessment

Written Examinations
Assignments
Practical Examinations
On-line multiple choice examinations
Poster presentations

Promote positive health and facilitates the development of self-confidence, self-care and parenting skills.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures
Tutorials
Seminars
Self-directed learning
Group work
Mentorship in clinical practice
Problem solving case studies
E Learning
Practicals

Methods of Assessment

Written Examinations
Assignments
Practical Examinations
On-line multiple choice examinations
Poster presentations

Identify the teaching of health education and counselling.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures
Tutorials
Seminars
Self-directed learning
Group work
Mentorship in clinical practice
Problem solving case studies
E Learning
Practicals

Methods of Assessment

Written Examinations
Assignments
Practical Examinations
On-line multiple choice examinations

Enable parents to be partners in care.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures
Tutorials
Seminars
Self-directed learning
Group work
Mentorship in clinical practice
Problem solving case studies
E Learning
Practicals

Methods of Assessment

Written Examinations
Assignments
Practical Examinations
On-line multiple choice examinations

Take account of the family in the context of contemporary society and cultural influences.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures
Tutorials
Seminars
Self-directed learning
Group work
Mentorship in clinical practice
Problem solving case studies
E Learning
Practicals

Methods of Assessment

Written Examinations
Assignments
Practical Examinations
On-line multiple choice examinations
Poster presentations

Is equitable and anti-discriminatory.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures
Tutorials
Seminars
Self-directed learning
Group work
Mentorship in clinical practice
Problem solving case studies
E Learning
Practicals

Methods of Assessment

Written Examinations
Assignments
Practical Examinations
On-line multiple choice examinations

MODULE INFORMATION

Stages and Modules

Module Title Module Code Level/ stage Credits

Availability

Duration Pre-requisite

Assessment

S1 S2 Core Option Coursework % Practical % Examination %
Research and Development in Clinical Practice SPN3001 3 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 0% 0% 100%
Child Care and the Law HSN3043 3 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%
Principles & Practice of Special Care of the Newborn MID3014 3 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 60% 40% 0%
Aetiology & Pathophysiology of Neonatal Illness MID3015 3 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 0% 50% 50%
Principles & Practice of Intensive Care of the Newborn MID3016 3 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%

Notes

To achieve the 120 cats required for the BSc Neonatal Studies Programme students are in addition to the above modules required to undertake two additional 20 cats modules; these can be selected from optional modules available during the respective academic year.