Core Module Information
Module title: Theory and Practice 1 (TAP 1) - Accountable Professional

SCQF level: 11:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: NUR11119
Module leader: Pamela Logan
School School of Health & Social Care
Subject area group: Nursing


Description of module content:

The aim of this module is to help you to develop as an accountable professional nurse. The module will include theoretical study, practice learning and simulation of nursing procedures aligned to NMC Future Nurse: Standards of proficiency for registered nurses (2018). The module content addresses NMC outcomes drawn from Platform 1 - Being an Accountable Professional [1.1, 1.11, 1.12, 1.13, 1.16, 1.15, 1.17, 1.18, 1.19, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6, 1.7, 1.9, 1.10], Annexe A - Communication and Relationship Management Skills and Annexe B - Nursing Procedures. In addition, outcomes relating to communication, professionalism and evidence informed practice from Platforms 2 - 7 are also addressed. Platform 2 [2.9, 2.10], Platform 3 [3.6, 3.8, 3.9], Platform 4 [4.2, 4.3, 4.12, 4.13], Platform 5 [5.11], Platform 6 [6.11] and Platform 7 [7.4, 7.13].

This module spans all three trimesters within the first year of the MSc Nursing (Pre-registration) programme. Each trimester you will undertake one Practice Learning Experience (PLE); trimester 1 - PLE 1, trimester 2 - PLE 2, and trimester 3 - PLE 3. Each PLE in year 1 will equate to 3 days per week. Practice learning will be integrated with self-directed online theoretical learning for which you are given two days per week. Theoretical and practice learning is complemented by online group tutorials and critical reflection sessions. At the end of each trimester Touch Point weeks will enable further interaction with your peers and be a forum for a range of activities such as, listening to keynote speakers, accessing conferences, attending research seminars, collaboration with other inter-professional and cross institutional Masters students, and taking part in voluntary work and other career development activities.

In order to prepare you for your first practice learning experience (PLE), you will undertake a period of theoretical and simulated skills learning at the beginning of the module, including mandatory skills - cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR), manual handling (MH) and prevention and management of violence and aggression (PMVA).

Theoretical input focuses on the introduction of three essential core concepts - professionalism [LO 1, LO 4], communication [LO 2, LO 5], evidence informed practice [LO 1 - 5]. Module concepts will be presented within online units of study to enable exploration and analysis of key nursing knowledge and procedures [e.g. types of communication, motivational interviewing, breaking bad news etc]. Further context is added through the identification and critical examination of the complexity within the socio-political and economic dimensions of health and social care and evidence underpinning self-leadership, professional relationships and co-production within contemporary nursing practice.
Concepts focused on in the module are relevant to all fields of nursing practice and scenarios used to enable your learning will address content relevant to mental health, adult health, learning disability and child health nursing. This shared approach to learning will prepare you to meet the person-centred and holistic care needs of the people you encounter in practice, who may have a range of mental, physical and behavioural health challenges and be at any stage in their life. This approach also signposts you towards field specific knowledge which is further facilitated through completion of the evidence informed online activities, participating in tutorials and simulation, working in practice and completing the module assessments (theory and practice).

Skills development will also be woven into the Moodle platform throughout the module to provide you with a seamless presentation of evidence based theoretical and procedural concepts. Numeracy, literacy and digital technology within the context of health and social care practice will be explored through understanding and working with service users, health and social care colleagues to support medicines management and monitoring health.

As your conceptualisation of 'being an accountable professional' grows, you will be encouraged to critically reflect upon and analyse any previous assumptions and understandings with a view to identifying your new learning. Importantly, your applied understanding of nursing within an integrated health and social care context should enable you to identify, conceptualise and develop creative responses to situations encountered in practice.

Through engagement with and critical analysis of both key and wider literature, you will build a personalised, field specific and evidence-informed understanding of the module learning outcomes; these will then be critically examine and reflected upon in your formative and summative assessments.

Completion of this module will enhance your critical understanding, analysis and evaluation of communication, professionalism and evidence informed practice both broadly and in relation to your chosen field of nursing practice (Adult Health or Mental Health).

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Critically evaluate the key professional outcomes underpinning the core concept of professionalism applied to nursing practice.

LO2: Critically synthesise evidence informing approaches to professional communication and relationship management skills when working with and caring for people.

LO3: Debate, challenge and critically evaluate a range of evidence underpinning contemporary approaches to nursing practice.

LO4: Critically explore the socio-political and economic dimensions of health and social care provision locally, nationally and internationally.

LO5: Critically reflect on your leadership style and co-productive working within the programme.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 2, BLENDED,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: BLENDED
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Catherine Mahoney
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Principles of student autonomy, self-determination and independent learning underpin the learning and teaching approach in this module which incorporates a 'flipped classroom' approach. This educational approach is designed to model practice by equipping you with the necessary knowledge and skills to take forward independent practice in your future careers. The flipped classroom approach incorporated in this module enables you to engage with concepts informed by evidence prior to tutorials. During your tutorials you will be facilitated to apply and critically discuss what you have learned during your online self-directed activity and during your practice learning experience. You will learn with colleagues from both within and out with you chosen field of nursing practice, and as such, will be part of a 'community of learning' where you can share your learning, offer and receive support, whilst engaging in healthy challenge to the work of others.

Over the year-long module, online units addressing the module learning outcomes will provide structure to encourage self-motivated learning and the development of communities of learning.

The module will consist of a core VLE page that has the following:
(1) An overview video
(2) Links to each unit of study
(3) Link to final summative assessment.

Each unit will involve the following:
(1) A short introductory video that gives an overview of concepts to be focused on and raises key questions.
(2) A brief commentary on key issues relevant to module learning outcomes.
(3) Key reading drawn from the literature.
(4) A reflective exercise
(5) Online quiz
(6) An online tutorial. These will be small scale giving you the opportunity to contribute and participate within your community of learning.

The learning and teaching approach will include Touch Point weeks which offer added structure and further opportunity for learning, communication and discussion of the integrated theory and practice experience.

Formative Assessment:
This year long module provides an integrated approach to theoretical and practice learning and as such your formative assessment incorporates practice and theory based assessment.

Ongoing formative online quizzes attached to units of study help you check your learning throughout the module. Practice learning experiences (PLE 1&2) include formative practice based assessments and two formative pieces of critical reflection. These formative assessments will help you weave the theoretical aspects of the module and your clinical experience together, therefore offering you a bespoke self-led learning experience.

Throughout PLE 1 you will complete your first formative practice assessment with your Practice Assessor, this will document your progress [within the ePAD] towards achieving the platforms, proficiencies, skills, and procedures required for NMC registration [week 15, first trimester]. Based on your practice learning experience and ongoing assessment, you will then complete a reflective account on an aspect of your choosing [500 words]. This reflective account will then be discussed using a peer-to-peer evaluative approach. Emergent concepts will be analysed, foregrounded, and positioned to inform your learning within the next clinical placement.

Similarly, throughout PLE 2 you will complete your second formative practice assessment with your Practice Assessor documenting your progress towards achieving the platforms, proficiencies, skills, and procedures required for NMC registration [ITW second trimester]. Based on this assessment, you will complete your second reflective account [500 words] which will be discussed using a peer-to-peer evaluative approach. Emergent concepts will be analysed, foregrounded, and positioned to inform your learning within the next clinical placement.

Summative Assessment:
The formative assessments weave the theoretical and practice aspects of the module together enabling you to continually progress and reflect on your learning and therefore complete your final summative practice and theory assessment which takes place in the final trimester of this module.

Throughout PLE 3 you will work towards and complete your final practice assessment with your Practice Assessor documenting your progress [within the ePAD] towards achieving the platforms, proficiency, skills, and procedures required for NMC registration [Week 14, third trimester]. Your practice experience and ongoing assessment will help inform your final piece of critical reflection [1000 words or equivalent]. The successful completion of PLE 3 will mark a professional progression point in the programme.

To attain 20 Credits at SQCF Level 11 you MUST: attain a Satisfactory Grade for PLE 3 from your Practice and Academic Assessor, have completed all mandated clinical skills training, be of GH&C and attain a pass grade for the summative assessment on the Post Graduate Modular Assessment Framework.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Online Tutorial 30
Independent Learning Guided independent study 170
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Placement (Report) 10 1-5 44 HOURS= 10.00
Reflective Log 90 1-5 44 , WORDS= 1000
Component 1 subtotal: 10
Component 2 subtotal: 90
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
NUR11119 Theory and Practice 1 (TAP 1) - Accountable Professional