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Postgraduate Course: Clinical Decision Making and Professional Judgement: Work based/Work related application (NUST11049)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Health in Social Science CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) Credits20
Home subject areaNursing Studies Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThe motivation behind the student choosing this course is the clear application of the theoretical course to the student?s own area of clinical practice. The student, with the support of the academic tutor and the course organiser, would identify a specific work-based clinical area in which the nature of, and factors affecting, clinical judgements and decisions can be explored, unpacked and analysed in relation to the theoretical approaches to clinical decision making and the real world of professional practice. It is possible for the student to explore critically and reflexively the current decision making processes and identify strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and challenges and then identify how such decision making might be improved individually or within a team.

Alternatively the student might identify a new area of decision making in order to develop practice and identify the steps and processes involved by which optimal decisions might be made.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites It is RECOMMENDED that students have passed Clinical Decision Making and Professional Judgement (NUST11048)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2013/14 Flexible, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Learn enabled:  Yes Quota:  None
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Course Start Date 05/08/2013
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Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
Demonstrate the ability to set appropriate learning objectives and prepare a learning contract in a creative manner
Demonstrate the ability as a reflective professional to communicate and justify their formulation of their work based aim and objectives
Critical appraisal of the application of theory in an appropriate setting
Critical appraisal of the application of evidence base in an appropriate setting
Demonstrate the ability to critically evaluate the learning outcomes
Exercise substantial autonomy and initiative in professional activities
Draw on critical reflection on own and others roles and responsibilities
Demonstrate awareness of the skills and knowledge required to provide strategic clinical decision making for health
Demonstrate originality or creativity in the application of knowledge, understanding and practices
Develop original and creative responses to problems and issues such that you are able to challenge negative behaviours and/or poor processes you encounter

Assessment Information
The student will be required to submit a learning contract and evidence that the contract has been fulfilled. The critical account presented must demonstrate both the ability to be reflective and reflexive, that the current theory and evidence in relation to judgements and decision making in nursing and health care have been appraised, and insights shared.
The length should be 4,000-5,000 words.

Equivalent alternative forms of assessment will be accepted.

Assessments will be marked according to School/College policy and made available for moderation by the External Examiner.

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Course organiserProf Tonks Fawcett
Tel: (0131 6)50 3883
Course secretaryMr Sergio Mori Sierra
Tel: (0131 6)50 4661
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