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Postgraduate Course: Advanced Clinical Assessment and Decision-Making: practice applications (online) (NUST11111)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Health in Social Science CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typeOnline Distance Learning AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course offers a flexible approach to continuous professional development and follows on from the Clinical Assessment, Diagnostic Skills and Decision-Making course taken in semester 1.

From the outset, the course acknowledges the contemporary issues and challenges around a rapidly evolving health and social care landscape, particularly in relation to advanced clinical practice. Work-based learning provides students with the opportunity to gain academic credit primarily from experiential learning within the clinical setting. Development of advanced clinical skills and strategies to enhance the student's problem solving and decision-making skills aim to push boundaries, address selective training and service needs and ultimately drive change. The course will enable students to identify their own learning needs and negotiate their own personal learning outcomes. Given that learning will be predominantly work based, students will be expected to use their own initiative and work largely in an autonomous manner to meet deadlines. Guidance and support will be given using a tripartite approach involving the student, academic assessor and named practice assessor.
Course description This course aims to support the student in producing a portfolio which will demonstrate continuous professional development in relation to advanced assessment, examination and clinical decision-making. It allows students to demonstrate learning from the workplace environment and will facilitate the student to engage in critical reflective practice underpinned by professional knowledge, skills and attitudes.

The dynamic content of the course is responsive to the ever changing healthcare landscape and seeks to align with national consensus on the subject of advanced clinical practice for the non-medical health care practitioner.

The course is delivered entirely online but students will have the opportunity to engage in tripartite meetings with their academic and named practice assessor to identify activities which will support them to meet the learning outcomes and evidence advancement in clinical competence. The formative assessment gives the opportunity to receive and engage with peer and academic feedback on one clinical case presentation.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 10, Online Activities 10, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 4, Formative Assessment Hours 2, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 168 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 100% Portfolio
Feedback Students have the opportunity to present one case-based discussion that includes a brief summary, associated investigations, treatment given, outcome and discussion. This can be presented as a poster or via power point slides. The presentation should demonstrate key learning points (take home messages). It will be presented to staff and peers with an opportunity for questions and peer/staff feedback.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Constructed a work based portfolio which records negotiated personal learning outcomes and demonstrates critical analysis of own learning needs
  2. Demonstrated safe and effective clinical decision making skills through the development of critical thinking, clinical reasoning and problem solving skills.
  3. Critically reflected on the clinical decision making strategies used to provide evidence based management plans and improve patient outcomes.
  4. Critically evaluated the current evidence around the role and impact of the Advanced Practitioner within your own area of clinical expertise.
  5. Exhibited a critical awareness of the value judgments underpinning the complex decisions practitioners make when working collaboratively with patients or clients, families and the health and social care team.
Reading List
Alfaro-LeFevre, R. (2019) Critical Thinking, Clinical Reasoning, and Clinical Judgment E-Book. Rosalinda. Alfaro-LeFevre (ed.).

D¿Aoust, R. F. et al. (2022) A competency roadmap for advanced practice nursing education using PRIME-NP. Nursing outlook. [Online] 70 (2), 337¿346.

Johns, C. (2017) Becoming a reflective practitioner. 5th ed. New York: Wiley.

MacDiarmid, L. (2021) 71 Developing A Portfolio for Advanced Practitioners Working with Older People. Age and ageing. [Online] 50 (Supplement_1), i12¿i42.

The Scottish Government (2017) Transforming nursing, midwifery and health professions roles: advanced nursing practice. Chief Nursing Officer Directorate.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills This course seeks to empower students to identify their own learning needs and equip them with the knowledge and skills to drive change in their own clinical workplace. Work-based learning facilitates critical thinking together with the opportunity for personal and professional reflection. Students will further develop skills in critical thinking, clinical decision making and problem solving in relation to their role as an Advanced Practitioner.
KeywordsAdvanced Practice,work-based learning
Course organiserMr Paul Creighton
Tel: (0131 6)50 3888
Course secretaryMr David Morris
Tel: (0131 6)51 3969
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