Postgraduate Course: Specialist Study in Nursing Practice (NUST11043)
|School||School of Health in Social Science
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||Specialist Study is an optional course which has no formal taught component. The student ordinarily decides a topic with the Programme Director and then agrees a learning contract with the nominated supervisor. The supervisor is chosen on the basis of their area of expertise and their contacts in the relevant area.
The learning contract is for the student to study a topic or area of specialist interest and then prepare a written paper on the agreed topic. The topic should normally arise from the student?s specialist nursing field, whether that is in clinical practice, education, research or management.
As part of the option the student will undertake a search of research and other literature. The student will also conduct some fieldwork. This may take the form of visits to other practice areas to observe an alternative strategy for managing the area of interest, or to conduct informal discussions with practitioners on the topic. These discussions may take the form of interviews. The activities, however, should not include formal research or any work for which ethical approval would be required. The course paper should include the student?s reflection on this learning experience, which may include reflection on clinical practice.
The fieldwork and preparation of the paper should be equivalent to the effort required for a taught course, ie 200 hours of student effort in total.
This course is not available to visiting students.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
|Additional Costs|| In most instances the Specialist Study Option will not involve any costs to students. In some instances, however, students may have to contribute towards minor costs such as postage or phone calls where alternative sources of funding are not available.
Course Delivery Information
|Not being delivered|
| By the end of this course, the student will demonstrate:
o analytical engagement with key issues and writings
on the chosen topic
o conceptualisation of the major issues arising from
o critical appraisal of current developments on the
o evaluation of the implications of undertaking this
|Course organiser||Dr Anne Robertson
Tel: (0131 6)50 3882
|Course secretary||Mrs Lorna Sheal
Tel: (0131 6)51 3970