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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
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe 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.
Course description Not entered
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
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2015/16, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Flexible
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Please contact the School directly for a breakdown of Learning and Teaching Activities
Assessment (Further Info) Please contact the School directly for a breakdown of Assessment Methods
Additional Information (Assessment) 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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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate the ability as a reflective professional to communicate and justify their formulation of their work based aim and objectives.
  2. Critically appraise the application of theory in an appropriate setting.
  3. Demonstrate awareness of the skills and knowledge required to provide strategic clinical decision making for health.
  4. Demonstrate originality or creativity in the application of knowledge, understanding and practices.
  5. Develop original and creative responses to problems and issues such that you are able to challenge negative behaviours and/or poor processes you encounter.
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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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