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MSc Advanced Professional Practice

Academic Year 2021/22

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 and Enhancement processes as set out in the DASA Policies and Procedures Manual.

Programme Title

MSc Advanced Professional Practice

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

Master of Science

Programme Code

NAM-MSC-AP

UCAS Code

HECoS Code

100290

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

Teaching Institution

Queen's University Belfast

School/Department

Nursing & Midwifery

Quality Code
https://www.qaa.ac.uk/quality-code

Higher Education Credit Framework for England
https://www.qaa.ac.uk/quality-code/higher-education-credit-framework-for-england

Level 7

Subject Benchmark Statements
https://www.qaa.ac.uk/quality-code/subject-benchmark-statements

The Frameworks for Higher Education Qualifications of UK Degree-Awarding Bodies
https://www.qaa.ac.uk/docs/qaa/quality-code/qualifications-frameworks.pdf

Midwifery (2009)

Accreditations (PSRB)

REGULATION INFORMATION

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

No

Programme Specific Regulations

Examinations

Students must pass 120 CATS points of taught modules on the programme and complete a Dissertation (60 CATS points) to be eligible for the award of a Master of Science in Advanced Professional Practice.

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.

There is normally no re-submission permitted for the individual dissertation.

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

Candidates who pass all the taught 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 Advanced Professional Practice.

Candidates who pass all the taught modules but who fail to submit a dissertation shall be eligible for the award of Postgraduate Diploma in Advanced Professional Practice.

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.

Where students have completed a School of Nursing and Midwifery, QUB postgraduate programme that leads to a Professional Award (for example: Post Grad Diploma Specialist Practice, Post Grad Cert Nurse Prescribing, Post Grad Cert Education) but have not accepted any academic accreditation, within two years they may take the option of transferring to the MSc programme.

Students with protected characteristics

No impediments to applicants for this programme.

Are students subject to Fitness to Practise Regulations

(Please see General Regulations)

Yes
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 MSc in Advanced Professional Practice is to offer a high quality supportive teaching and learning environments that provide graduates with:

Intellectual and practical skills necessary to promote and sustain innovative and emerging practice and leadership.

Intellectual and transferable skills necessary to function in positions of leadership and advanced practice.

Skills enabling graduates to critically review and introduce current evidence to practice or other investigative strategies relevant to practice and leadership roles.

Extensive research through execution of a Dissertation in Advanced Professional and Clinical Practice

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 new and complex concepts, and developing information and issues around clinical practice specialism.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

The programme will be supported by tutorials, seminars, group discussion, presentation, on-line learning, supervision, distance learning, practicals, directed and independent reading.

Methods of Assessment

Assessment will be through written assignment, clinical practical assessment, oral examination, portfolio and dissertation.

Identify and offer advanced insights into complex and abstract ideas, and clinical issues.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

The programme will be supported by tutorials, seminars, group discussion, presentation, on-line learning, supervision, distance learning, practicals, directed and independent reading.

Methods of Assessment

Assessment will be through written assignment, clinical practical assessment, oral examination, portfolio and dissertation.

Nurture advanced responses to clinical problems and issues around subject specialism.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

The programme will be supported by tutorials, seminars, group discussion, presentation, on-line learning, supervision, distance learning, practicals, directed and independent reading.

Methods of Assessment

Assessment will be through written assignment, clinical practical assessment, oral examination, portfolio and dissertation.

Deal with complex and emerging issues and make informed judgements around areas of clinical practice.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

The programme will be supported by tutorials, seminars, group discussion, presentation, on-line learning, supervision, distance learning, practicals, directed and independent reading.

Methods of Assessment

Assessment will be through written assignment, clinical practical assessment, oral examination, portfolio 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 tutorials, seminars, group discussion, presentation, on-line learning, supervision, distance learning, practicals, directed and independent reading.

Methods of Assessment

Assessment will be through written assignment, clinical practical assessment, oral examination, portfolio and dissertation.

Communicate effectively to peers and experts critical dialogue in keeping with professional standards and expectations within area of specialism.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

The programme will be supported by tutorials, seminars, group discussion, presentation, on-line learning, supervision, distance learning, practicals, directed and independent reading.

Methods of Assessment

Assessment will be through written assignment, clinical practical assessment, oral examination, portfolio 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 tutorials, seminars, group discussion, presentation, on-line learning, supervision, distance learning, practicals, directed and independent reading.

Methods of Assessment

Assessment will be through written assignment, clinical practical assessment, oral examination, portfolio 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 tutorials, seminars, group discussion, presentation, on-line learning, supervision, distance learning, practicals, directed and independent reading.

Methods of Assessment

Assessment will be through written assignment, clinical practical assessment, oral examination, portfolio and dissertation.

Demonstrate leadership in tackling and solving problems and issues.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

The programme will be supported by tutorials, seminars, group discussion, presentation, on-line learning, supervision, distance learning, practicals, directed and independent reading.

Methods of Assessment

Assessment will be through written assignment, clinical practical assessment, oral examination, portfolio and dissertation.

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

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

The programme will be supported by tutorials, seminars, group discussion, presentation, on-line learning, supervision, distance learning, practicals, directed and independent reading.

Methods of Assessment

Assessment will be through written assignment, clinical practical assessment, oral examination, portfolio and dissertation.

Deal with complex and professional issues.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

The programme will be supported by tutorials, seminars, group discussion, presentation, on-line learning, supervision, distance learning, practicals, directed and independent reading.

Methods of Assessment

Assessment will be through written assignment, clinical practical assessment, oral examination, portfolio and dissertation.

Make informed judgements on emerging issues linked to clinical practice.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

The programme will be supported by tutorials, seminars, group discussion, presentation, on-line learning, supervision, distance learning, practicals, directed and independent reading.

Methods of Assessment

Assessment will be through written assignment, clinical practical assessment, oral examination, portfolio and dissertation.

Learning Outcomes: Knowledge & Understanding

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

Demonstrate a critical overview of subject areas, including critical understanding of principal theories, principles and concepts.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

The programme will be supported by tutorials, group discussion, on-line learning, directed and independent reading and supervision.

Methods of Assessment

Assessment will be by written assignment, portfolio seminar presentation and dissertation.

Demonstrate a critical and advanced knowledge and understanding of selected specialism.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

The programme will be supported by tutorials, group discussion, on-line learning, directed and independent reading and supervision.

Methods of Assessment

Assessment will be by written assignment, portfolio seminar presentation and dissertation.

Develop advanced knowledge and understanding that is generated through personal study and investigation and which could make a contribution to the development of selected specialism.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

The programme will be supported by tutorials, group discussion, on-line learning, directed and independent reading and supervision.

Methods of Assessment

Assessment will be by written assignment, portfolio seminar presentation and dissertation.

Learning Outcomes: Subject Specific

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

Use an advanced range of the principle skills, techniques, practices associated with subject specialism.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

The programme will be supported by tutorials, group discussion, on-line learning, directed and independent reading and supervision.

Methods of Assessment

Assessment will be by written assignment, portfolio seminar presentation and dissertation.

Use and enhance a range of complex skills, techniques, practices and materials at forefront of one’s specialism.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

The programme will be supported by tutorials, group discussion, on-line learning, directed and independent reading and supervision.

Methods of Assessment

Assessment will be by written assignment, portfolio seminar presentation and dissertation.

Demonstrate the development and application of advanced knowledge, understanding and practices.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

The programme will be supported by tutorials, group discussion, on-line learning, directed and independent reading and supervision.

Methods of Assessment

Assessment will be by written assignment, portfolio seminar presentation and dissertation.

Demonstrate advanced practice in the context of emerging issues and clinical circumstances.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

The programme will be supported by tutorials, group discussion, on-line learning, directed and independent reading and supervision.

Methods of Assessment

Assessment will be by written assignment, portfolio seminar presentation 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 %

Nursing Care of the Older Person

SPR7056

7

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

80%

20%

0%

Pharmacotherapeutics for Practice

NUR7016

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%

Qualitative Research Methods

NUR7010

7

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Leading and Facilitating

SPR7041

7

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Independent Study Module

NUR7008

7

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

The Basis of Therapeutic Practice

SPR7043

7

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Dimensions of Practice

SPR7044

7

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Evidence Based Practice

HSN7076

7

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Perinatal Mental Health

HSN7077

7

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

70%

30%

0%

Dissertation

NUR7009

7

60

YES

YES

24 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Perspectives of family centred health & social care

HSN7038

7

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Enhanced Person-centred Practice

SPR7077

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

100%

0%

0%

Acute Cardiac Nursing

SPR7085

7

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

0%

0%

100%

Applied Biomedical Aspects of Cancer Care

SPR7082

7

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

30%

0%

70%

Health and Well-being in Later Life

SPR7088

7

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Complexity in Pregnancy: Midwifery Care for Women and their Families

HSN7020

7

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Health Assessment

NMP7002

7

20

YES

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Notes

Due to the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak, the structure of this programme of study has altered for academic year 2020-21 and your module choice may run in a different sequence. You should refer to the programme handbook / your School for specific module details or any queries.

To qualify for the Master of Science in Advanced Professional Practice students must take and pass modules worth 120 CATS points and a dissertation worth 60 CATS points [180 CATS points total].

The MSc consists of two discrete Stages (1 & 2) that comprise taught modules of study and a dissertation. Students must successfully take and pass a total of six taught modules (120 CATS points - stage 1), including: one compulsory research module (NUR7010 OR NUR7002); two pathway specific modules; and three optional modules that may be selected either from other specific pathways or the general pathways (see list of modules) and a dissertation (60 CATS points – stage 2).

Successful completion of all Stage 1 requirements [120 CATS] is essential before students can proceed to Stage 2: the Dissertation element of the MSc.

Please note that NMP7002 Health Assessment has an OSCE which is Pass/Fail.