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Northumbria University has an established reputation for excellence and innovation in nursing education to build on the future nurse standards in meeting the Community Nursing Specialist Practice Qualification (SPQ) - The Nursing and Midwifery Council (nmc.org.uk).

The Community Specialist Practice Qualification (SPQ) programme is designed to equip postgraduates with the skills required for community specialist practice and there are four pathways to choose from: District Nursing, General Practice Nursing, Adult Social Care Nursing and Community Children’s Nursing.

District Nursing services continue to deliver highly specialised person-centred care within the heart of local communities, offering the continuity and personalisation which is valued so highly by the people we care for, their careers and families (NHS England, 2019). Our aim is for this pathway to equip you with the skills and knowledge to take your community nursing practice to the next level, building on your previous experiences to confront the distinct challenges of providing increasingly complex care closer to home within diverse socioeconomic populations. You will develop advanced clinical assessment skills, supporting you to make evidence-based decisions and deliver exceptional standards of care. As an expert in your field, you’ll also consider your unique approach to leadership and your potential to positively influence those around you. Doing so will leave you well placed to make a lasting impact on the health and lives of the communities you care for.

Each pathway has a distinct approach to its delivery; however, all share a more practice focused delivery, with a 60/40 split between clinical practice and protected learning time at Northumbria University respectively. This ensures that the specialist field of practice focuses on the specialist skills required for the pathway and is evident in the optional modules and as pathway-focused learning and teaching across all modules.

Students also benefit from integrated learning with fellow community specialist practitioner students. This programme has been innovatively designed and coproduced with a vast range of stakeholders from all pathway routes in both health and social care, to truly reflect contemporary specialist practice, need and service provision requirements.

What can I expect from this Specialist Nursing Masters?

Registered nurses already hold recognised knowledge and skills of the profession from the Standards Framework for Nursing and Midwifery Education. This ensures that across all fields, registrants can deliver holistic care needs to people they encounter with a range of mental, physical, cognitive, behavioural, social, or spiritual needs. The Standards of Proficiency for Community Nursing Specialist Practice are designed to recognise new models to meet the diverse needs of people of all ages, in their home, in settings close to home and in the community.

These Standards of Proficiency for Community Nursing Specialist Practice will provide additional knowledge and skills for postgraduate community nurses to record Specialist Practice Qualifications on the NMC register. Equipped with the SPQ qualification, these community nurses will build on these proficiencies as they gain cultural competence, experience, and fulfil their professional responsibility. They will demonstrate their commitment to develop as a specialist community practitioner, building a career pathway, and engaging in ongoing education and professional development opportunities necessary for revalidation.

Course Information

Level of Study
Postgraduate

Mode of Study
1 Year Full Time

Location
Coach Lane Campus, Northumbria University

City
Newcastle

Start
September 2024

Fees
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Modules
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Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

AC7066 -

Non-Medical Prescribing (V300) (Optional,40 Credits)

This module will facilitate your development of the knowledge and skills required for safe and effective prescribing from a legally specified UK formulary. Successful completion of all components of the module will lead to the achievement of a recordable prescribing qualification with your regulatory body (NMC or HCPC). The subject areas you will study include assessing the patient and considering prescribing options, pharmacology for prescribing and de-prescribing, legal and regulatory frameworks, providing information, reaching shared decisions, monitoring and reviewing treatments, prescribing safely, professionally and as part of a team and improving prescribing practice.

More information

AC7128 -

Advanced Clinical Assessment Skills for Community Specialist Practice (20 Credits)

This module focuses on advanced clinical skills assessment in community specialist practice and is a core module for those students undertaking the community specialist practice qualification (SPQ) pathways; district nursing, adult social care and general practice nursing. This module is for students studying either the full time or part time programmes. If you are studying full time, the delivery of this module will be in semester one of the programme. If you are studying part time, the delivery of this module will be year-long, starting in semester one, year one. This is to accommodate for the inclusion of the formative programme Practice Assessment Document (PAD), which is your record of ongoing achievement, with formative assessment of practice through year one of your programme.

You will be supported to strengthen and develop your knowledge base in relation to conducting, interpreting, and evaluating complex health and social care needs for adults, working in partnership with their families and carers. You will be drawing upon principles of person and family centred care to inform your specialist practice. You will develop your practice in addressing the physical and psychosocial dimensions within clinical assessment, taking into consideration epidemiology, community demography and social determinants of health and illness.?? Advanced communication skills will be developed, and you will be supported to apply strategies to deliver person-centred care in complex circumstances.

The module will have a distinct focus on common as well as complex conditions encountered when caring for people accessing services relevant to your specific field of practice.. Each pathway has a bespoke route to learning, focusing on systems and complexities relevant to your pathway. This will be reflected in your summative assessment, based on real-world clinical situations assessed via an OSCE. Teaching will adopt a body systems approach with a range of seminars, practical workshops, tutorials, and Online Supported Learning (OSL) packages. Sessions will focus specifically on health conditions examining the physiology, pathophysiology, and relevant pharmacology, as identified in the co-production of this module with our stakeholders and employing partners.?In addition, you will have the opportunity to understand the application of genomics and epigenetics in informing person and family centred care.?Frailty, end of life-care and the management of long-term conditions will also form part of your educational journey, allowing for the exploration of contemporary themes that will connect key learning themes structured throughout the programme.

You will develop your autonomous practice and ability to lead, and manage whole episodes of care for adults, understanding when to admit, discharge or refer as appropriate.?You will have the opportunity to advance your specialist knowledge, critical thinking, and decision-making skills, undertaking comprehensive clinical assessments, focusing on practice-based scenarios.??Similarly, you will be supported to analyse a range of informatics, including clinical investigations, to assist your assessment and diagnosis, distinguishing between normal and abnormal findings across the differing needs of complex and varied populations. You will also demonstrate your ability to accurately document your findings, identifying pertinent clinical and care solutions and effectively communicate these appropriately within the inter-professional team as well as to those involved as part of the care. This will include demonstrating necessary skills to plan care in partnership, maximising opportunities for self-management.



For part-time students, because this module includes your Practice Assessment Document (PAD) which is your ongoing record of achievement. You will be supported in practice by a Practice Assessor (PA) as well as Practice Supervisors (PS) as part of your formative assessment. You will receive semesterly progress review meeting support from an appropriate Academic Assessor (AA) and your PA in your clinical placement setting. These will be held at each semester throughout year one of your programme, where you will gain experience and insight into your professional role, ensuring you are supported with the achievement of the required NMC standards of proficiency.?

More information

AC7129 -

Advancing Community Specialist Practice Through Leadership (30 Credits)

This module offers 30-credits at level 7. It is part of a post-qualifying, Postgraduate Diploma, Community Specialist Practitioner Qualification (with pathways) (District Nursing, Community Children’s Nursing, General Practice Nursing or Adult Social Care Nursing). This module is available to full-time and part-time students undertaking the Specialist Practitioner Qualification (SPQ). This module is focused on leadership, specific to your area of clinical practice. It allows you to apply and relate what you learn in the classroom to your academic assessment by giving opportunity to explore an area of contemporary community specialist practice. During the module you will learn how to lead an audit in your area of specialist practice. Drawing on the findings of the audit, you will create a poster for presentation. The poster will outline a service improvement. As you complete the audit you will learn about the application of leadership theory, into practice. You will also gain knowledge about the development of sustainable practice-based interventions and the principles of risk stratification, that would improve health outcomes for your population. As Community Specialist Practitioners are required to demonstrate a proactive, autonomous approach to their practice, presenting the service improvement will enable you to develop knowledge, understanding and skills about directly influencing practice in a positive way within your discipline. Developing skills to recognise the need for action, entrepreneurship and innovation in public health practice, you will learn techniques to lead, influence and challenge stakeholders and services relating to health policies that affect your specialist area of practice.



At the end of the module the focus of your learning, through leadership, will be fundamental to the promotion of specialist practice within your pathway (District Nursing, Community Children’s Nursing, General Practice Nursing or Adult Social Care Nursing). This means opportunity to improve the health and well-being of individuals, families, communities, and populations, allowing you to demonstrate real-life application of your developing leadership skills. Each specific pathway encounters a range of real-world situations requiring leadership expertise, demonstration of sound judgement and skills to manage unpredictable circumstances. Specific to your field of practice in bespoke sessions, you will explore these in significant context in order to develop your knowledge and confidence which will be demonstrated in your pathway specific leadership role. You will also benefit from collaborative working with students from other pathways, allowing for integrated approaches to problem solving and managing complex decision making.

More information

AC7130 -

Enhancing Care for Adults Living with Frailty and Multimorbidity across the life course (40 Credits)

This module offers 40-credits at level 7, is suitable for post-qualified nurses wishing to study the Community Specialist Practitioner (relevant for Adult Social Care Nursing, District Nursing and General Practice Nursing pathways). Frailty and multimorbidity is a significant challenge facing community nursing teams and each pathway faces significant challenges and complexity. As well as engaging in shared learning and integrated approaches to patient management, you will focus significantly on the issues facing your specific specialist role, identifying challenges, barriers and priorities for providing high-quality specialist nursing care within your fields of specialist practice.



As part of the Specialist Practice Qualification (SPQ), it will provide you with a range of contemporary specialist practice knowledge relevant to your field of practice (or pathway), skills and an evidence base for advancing specialist practice for caring for people living with a major health condition, multimorbidity and frailty. Throughout the module the approach will be supporting a personalised approach to care recognising the complexity and diversity of contemporary society. The impact of health inequalities will be acknowledged as will the importance of needs assessment at an individual, community and population levels.



In line with the Major Condition Strategy (2023) the six major health conditions in addition to frailty will be explored and will take a whole person approach recognising that people often live with multiple health conditions. The module will acknowledge that the six major conditions can affect all age groups, however they are more prevalent within the older population (those over 65) and as such the impact of ageing and living with multimorbidity and frailty will be a key focus. This will lead you to develop enhanced knowledge and skills relating to the care of older adults and those living multimorbidity and frailty.



The module will develop your knowledge and competence in caring for adults (including older adults) across health and life continua: from living well and primary prevention, secondary prevention, early diagnosis, acute illness, through to ongoing long-term care in progressive and advanced disease. You will gain an appreciation and understanding of significant issues at transitional points up to and including end of life care. You will further develop knowledge and understanding that managing the care for older adults, those living with multimorbidity, and frailty is a highly complex and skilled process. You will learn the essential elements that contribute to recognising, responding, and improving the care for older adults across their life span. Through the exploration of theories of ageing and by reflecting on professional values, attitudes, and behaviours you will gain understanding of how these can impact on care for adults.



You will understand the importance of being able to recognise, assess and respond to frailty, gaining an appreciation of the importance of the Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment (CGA) and multidisciplinary team approach in the assessment, diagnosing, management and ongoing support for older people and their family, friends, or carers. You will develop your decision-making using evidence based therapeutic practice interventions to ensure that people receive individualised care and support based upon their need. As such models for shared decision making will be explored and will be a key feature to empower and enable people to be involved in all decisions about treatment and care choices with proactive management frameworks to ensure this.



You will develop skills in recognising disease trajectories and managing the complexities of care and achieving best outcomes for individuals living with multimorbidity and frailty across a range of care settings and care sectors. Your learning will be underpinned by contemporary policies and practice drivers, and you will explore how these impact on relevant governance structures and organisational boundaries. Working with key stakeholders in a collaborative way across health and social practice areas is essential to ensuring that a holistic approach to high quality care delivery for this client group incorporates physical social psychological and spiritual dimensions of care.



An integral part of your learning will be listening, understanding, and responding to the needs of the public and people who use health and care service including informal carers. Exploration of robust systems to share information across care sectors will ensure wishes and preferences are met and adhered to.

More information

AC7137 -

Transforming Community Specialist Practice through Research, Policy, Evidence and Evaluation (30 Credits)

The module introduces you to research methods which assist you to transform current and contemporary Community Specialist Practice across all Specialist Pathway Qualification (SPQ) pathways. You will develop the ability to interpret and apply critical knowledge and appreciation of epidemiological research and contemporary health policy as appropriate. You will evaluate specialist practice, using data, analysis and synthesis from evidence related to your area of specialist practice. Each pathway reflects specific complexity and need, which will be explored throughout the module in field-specific sessions dedicated to exploring your specific pathway. This learning will continuously link to your pathway in all delivered sessions. You will learn to determine strategies to critique, evaluate and disseminate evidence and research from local, national, and international sources which contribute to global innovation and improve the health of people, communities, and services. You will learn how to identify gaps in evidence and plan to address health inequalities through innovation that improves health and well-being. You will identify social structural factors from empirical and narrated data, which influence health and promote sustainable development and intervention goals. You will utilise and effectively participate in critique of evidence and research strategy across interdisciplinary and interagency teams to address public health priorities and evaluate interventions. In addition, you will generate new theory by applying evidence and data from research and policy to promote health and prevent ill health across the life course, applying an evidence-based approach to optimise public health outcomes. Finally, you will learn how to disseminate evidence from research and evaluation, sharing outcomes and lessons learnt locally, nationally, and globally in clinical practice through professional networks and peer reviewed processes.

More information

RV7000 -

Academic Language Skills(ALS) for PG Nursing and Midwifery students (Core – for International and EU students only,0 Credits)

Academic skills when studying away from your home country can differ due to cultural and language differences in teaching and assessment practices. This module is designed to support your transition in the use and practice of technical language and subject specific skills around assessments and teaching provision in your chosen subject. The overall aim of this module is to develop your abilities to read and study effectively for academic purposes; to develop your skills in analysing and using source material in seminars and academic writing and to develop your use and application of language and communications skills to a higher level.

The topics you will cover on the module include:

• Understanding assignment briefs and exam questions.
• Developing academic writing skills, including citation, paraphrasing, and summarising.
• Practising ‘critical reading’ and ‘critical writing’
• Planning and structuring academic assignments (e.g. essays, reports and presentations).
• Avoiding academic misconduct and gaining credit by using academic sources and referencing effectively.
• Listening skills for lectures.
• Speaking in seminar presentations.
• Presenting your ideas
• Giving discipline-related academic presentations, experiencing peer observation, and receiving formative feedback.
• Speed reading techniques.
• Developing self-reflection skills.
• Discussing ethical issues in research, and analysing results.
• Describing bias and limitations of research.

More information

Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

AC7066 -

Non-Medical Prescribing (V300) (Optional,40 Credits)

This module will facilitate your development of the knowledge and skills required for safe and effective prescribing from a legally specified UK formulary. Successful completion of all components of the module will lead to the achievement of a recordable prescribing qualification with your regulatory body (NMC or HCPC). The subject areas you will study include assessing the patient and considering prescribing options, pharmacology for prescribing and de-prescribing, legal and regulatory frameworks, providing information, reaching shared decisions, monitoring and reviewing treatments, prescribing safely, professionally and as part of a team and improving prescribing practice.

More information

AC7128 -

Advanced Clinical Assessment Skills for Community Specialist Practice (20 Credits)

This module focuses on advanced clinical skills assessment in community specialist practice and is a core module for those students undertaking the community specialist practice qualification (SPQ) pathways; district nursing, adult social care and general practice nursing. This module is for students studying either the full time or part time programmes. If you are studying full time, the delivery of this module will be in semester one of the programme. If you are studying part time, the delivery of this module will be year-long, starting in semester one, year one. This is to accommodate for the inclusion of the formative programme Practice Assessment Document (PAD), which is your record of ongoing achievement, with formative assessment of practice through year one of your programme.

You will be supported to strengthen and develop your knowledge base in relation to conducting, interpreting, and evaluating complex health and social care needs for adults, working in partnership with their families and carers. You will be drawing upon principles of person and family centred care to inform your specialist practice. You will develop your practice in addressing the physical and psychosocial dimensions within clinical assessment, taking into consideration epidemiology, community demography and social determinants of health and illness.?? Advanced communication skills will be developed, and you will be supported to apply strategies to deliver person-centred care in complex circumstances.

The module will have a distinct focus on common as well as complex conditions encountered when caring for people accessing services relevant to your specific field of practice.. Each pathway has a bespoke route to learning, focusing on systems and complexities relevant to your pathway. This will be reflected in your summative assessment, based on real-world clinical situations assessed via an OSCE. Teaching will adopt a body systems approach with a range of seminars, practical workshops, tutorials, and Online Supported Learning (OSL) packages. Sessions will focus specifically on health conditions examining the physiology, pathophysiology, and relevant pharmacology, as identified in the co-production of this module with our stakeholders and employing partners.?In addition, you will have the opportunity to understand the application of genomics and epigenetics in informing person and family centred care.?Frailty, end of life-care and the management of long-term conditions will also form part of your educational journey, allowing for the exploration of contemporary themes that will connect key learning themes structured throughout the programme.

You will develop your autonomous practice and ability to lead, and manage whole episodes of care for adults, understanding when to admit, discharge or refer as appropriate.?You will have the opportunity to advance your specialist knowledge, critical thinking, and decision-making skills, undertaking comprehensive clinical assessments, focusing on practice-based scenarios.??Similarly, you will be supported to analyse a range of informatics, including clinical investigations, to assist your assessment and diagnosis, distinguishing between normal and abnormal findings across the differing needs of complex and varied populations. You will also demonstrate your ability to accurately document your findings, identifying pertinent clinical and care solutions and effectively communicate these appropriately within the inter-professional team as well as to those involved as part of the care. This will include demonstrating necessary skills to plan care in partnership, maximising opportunities for self-management.



For part-time students, because this module includes your Practice Assessment Document (PAD) which is your ongoing record of achievement. You will be supported in practice by a Practice Assessor (PA) as well as Practice Supervisors (PS) as part of your formative assessment. You will receive semesterly progress review meeting support from an appropriate Academic Assessor (AA) and your PA in your clinical placement setting. These will be held at each semester throughout year one of your programme, where you will gain experience and insight into your professional role, ensuring you are supported with the achievement of the required NMC standards of proficiency.?

More information

AC7129 -

Advancing Community Specialist Practice Through Leadership (30 Credits)

This module offers 30-credits at level 7. It is part of a post-qualifying, Postgraduate Diploma, Community Specialist Practitioner Qualification (with pathways) (District Nursing, Community Children’s Nursing, General Practice Nursing or Adult Social Care Nursing). This module is available to full-time and part-time students undertaking the Specialist Practitioner Qualification (SPQ). This module is focused on leadership, specific to your area of clinical practice. It allows you to apply and relate what you learn in the classroom to your academic assessment by giving opportunity to explore an area of contemporary community specialist practice. During the module you will learn how to lead an audit in your area of specialist practice. Drawing on the findings of the audit, you will create a poster for presentation. The poster will outline a service improvement. As you complete the audit you will learn about the application of leadership theory, into practice. You will also gain knowledge about the development of sustainable practice-based interventions and the principles of risk stratification, that would improve health outcomes for your population. As Community Specialist Practitioners are required to demonstrate a proactive, autonomous approach to their practice, presenting the service improvement will enable you to develop knowledge, understanding and skills about directly influencing practice in a positive way within your discipline. Developing skills to recognise the need for action, entrepreneurship and innovation in public health practice, you will learn techniques to lead, influence and challenge stakeholders and services relating to health policies that affect your specialist area of practice.



At the end of the module the focus of your learning, through leadership, will be fundamental to the promotion of specialist practice within your pathway (District Nursing, Community Children’s Nursing, General Practice Nursing or Adult Social Care Nursing). This means opportunity to improve the health and well-being of individuals, families, communities, and populations, allowing you to demonstrate real-life application of your developing leadership skills. Each specific pathway encounters a range of real-world situations requiring leadership expertise, demonstration of sound judgement and skills to manage unpredictable circumstances. Specific to your field of practice in bespoke sessions, you will explore these in significant context in order to develop your knowledge and confidence which will be demonstrated in your pathway specific leadership role. You will also benefit from collaborative working with students from other pathways, allowing for integrated approaches to problem solving and managing complex decision making.

More information

AC7130 -

Enhancing Care for Adults Living with Frailty and Multimorbidity across the life course (40 Credits)

This module offers 40-credits at level 7, is suitable for post-qualified nurses wishing to study the Community Specialist Practitioner (relevant for Adult Social Care Nursing, District Nursing and General Practice Nursing pathways). Frailty and multimorbidity is a significant challenge facing community nursing teams and each pathway faces significant challenges and complexity. As well as engaging in shared learning and integrated approaches to patient management, you will focus significantly on the issues facing your specific specialist role, identifying challenges, barriers and priorities for providing high-quality specialist nursing care within your fields of specialist practice.



As part of the Specialist Practice Qualification (SPQ), it will provide you with a range of contemporary specialist practice knowledge relevant to your field of practice (or pathway), skills and an evidence base for advancing specialist practice for caring for people living with a major health condition, multimorbidity and frailty. Throughout the module the approach will be supporting a personalised approach to care recognising the complexity and diversity of contemporary society. The impact of health inequalities will be acknowledged as will the importance of needs assessment at an individual, community and population levels.



In line with the Major Condition Strategy (2023) the six major health conditions in addition to frailty will be explored and will take a whole person approach recognising that people often live with multiple health conditions. The module will acknowledge that the six major conditions can affect all age groups, however they are more prevalent within the older population (those over 65) and as such the impact of ageing and living with multimorbidity and frailty will be a key focus. This will lead you to develop enhanced knowledge and skills relating to the care of older adults and those living multimorbidity and frailty.



The module will develop your knowledge and competence in caring for adults (including older adults) across health and life continua: from living well and primary prevention, secondary prevention, early diagnosis, acute illness, through to ongoing long-term care in progressive and advanced disease. You will gain an appreciation and understanding of significant issues at transitional points up to and including end of life care. You will further develop knowledge and understanding that managing the care for older adults, those living with multimorbidity, and frailty is a highly complex and skilled process. You will learn the essential elements that contribute to recognising, responding, and improving the care for older adults across their life span. Through the exploration of theories of ageing and by reflecting on professional values, attitudes, and behaviours you will gain understanding of how these can impact on care for adults.



You will understand the importance of being able to recognise, assess and respond to frailty, gaining an appreciation of the importance of the Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment (CGA) and multidisciplinary team approach in the assessment, diagnosing, management and ongoing support for older people and their family, friends, or carers. You will develop your decision-making using evidence based therapeutic practice interventions to ensure that people receive individualised care and support based upon their need. As such models for shared decision making will be explored and will be a key feature to empower and enable people to be involved in all decisions about treatment and care choices with proactive management frameworks to ensure this.



You will develop skills in recognising disease trajectories and managing the complexities of care and achieving best outcomes for individuals living with multimorbidity and frailty across a range of care settings and care sectors. Your learning will be underpinned by contemporary policies and practice drivers, and you will explore how these impact on relevant governance structures and organisational boundaries. Working with key stakeholders in a collaborative way across health and social practice areas is essential to ensuring that a holistic approach to high quality care delivery for this client group incorporates physical social psychological and spiritual dimensions of care.



An integral part of your learning will be listening, understanding, and responding to the needs of the public and people who use health and care service including informal carers. Exploration of robust systems to share information across care sectors will ensure wishes and preferences are met and adhered to.

More information

AC7137 -

Transforming Community Specialist Practice through Research, Policy, Evidence and Evaluation (30 Credits)

The module introduces you to research methods which assist you to transform current and contemporary Community Specialist Practice across all Specialist Pathway Qualification (SPQ) pathways. You will develop the ability to interpret and apply critical knowledge and appreciation of epidemiological research and contemporary health policy as appropriate. You will evaluate specialist practice, using data, analysis and synthesis from evidence related to your area of specialist practice. Each pathway reflects specific complexity and need, which will be explored throughout the module in field-specific sessions dedicated to exploring your specific pathway. This learning will continuously link to your pathway in all delivered sessions. You will learn to determine strategies to critique, evaluate and disseminate evidence and research from local, national, and international sources which contribute to global innovation and improve the health of people, communities, and services. You will learn how to identify gaps in evidence and plan to address health inequalities through innovation that improves health and well-being. You will identify social structural factors from empirical and narrated data, which influence health and promote sustainable development and intervention goals. You will utilise and effectively participate in critique of evidence and research strategy across interdisciplinary and interagency teams to address public health priorities and evaluate interventions. In addition, you will generate new theory by applying evidence and data from research and policy to promote health and prevent ill health across the life course, applying an evidence-based approach to optimise public health outcomes. Finally, you will learn how to disseminate evidence from research and evaluation, sharing outcomes and lessons learnt locally, nationally, and globally in clinical practice through professional networks and peer reviewed processes.

More information

RV7000 -

Academic Language Skills(ALS) for PG Nursing and Midwifery students (Core – for International and EU students only,0 Credits)

Academic skills when studying away from your home country can differ due to cultural and language differences in teaching and assessment practices. This module is designed to support your transition in the use and practice of technical language and subject specific skills around assessments and teaching provision in your chosen subject. The overall aim of this module is to develop your abilities to read and study effectively for academic purposes; to develop your skills in analysing and using source material in seminars and academic writing and to develop your use and application of language and communications skills to a higher level.

The topics you will cover on the module include:

• Understanding assignment briefs and exam questions.
• Developing academic writing skills, including citation, paraphrasing, and summarising.
• Practising ‘critical reading’ and ‘critical writing’
• Planning and structuring academic assignments (e.g. essays, reports and presentations).
• Avoiding academic misconduct and gaining credit by using academic sources and referencing effectively.
• Listening skills for lectures.
• Speaking in seminar presentations.
• Presenting your ideas
• Giving discipline-related academic presentations, experiencing peer observation, and receiving formative feedback.
• Speed reading techniques.
• Developing self-reflection skills.
• Discussing ethical issues in research, and analysing results.
• Describing bias and limitations of research.

More information

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Northumbria University is committed to developing an inclusive, diverse and accessible campus and wider University community and are determined to ensure that opportunities we provide are open to all.

We are proud to work in partnership with AccessAble to provide Detailed Access Guides to our buildings and facilities across our City, Coach Lane and London Campuses. A Detailed Access Guide lets you know what access will be like when you visit somewhere. It looks at the route you will use getting in and what is available inside. All guides have Accessibility Symbols that give you a quick overview of what is available, and photographs to show you what to expect. The guides are produced by trained surveyors who visit our campuses annually to ensure you have trusted and accurate information.

You can use Northumbria’s AccessAble Guides anytime to check the accessibility of a building or facility and to plan your routes and journeys. Search by location, building or accessibility feature to find the information you need. 

We are dedicated to helping students who may require additional support during their student journey and offer 1-1 advice and guidance appropriate to individual requirements. If you feel you may need additional support you can find out more about what we offer here where you can also contact us with any questions you may have:

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Full time Courses are primarily delivered via on-campus face to face learning but could include elements of online learning. Most courses run as planned and as promoted on our website and via our marketing materials, but if there are any substantial changes (as determined by the Competition and Markets Authority) to a course or there is the potential that course may be withdrawn, we will notify all affected applicants as soon as possible with advice and guidance regarding their options. It is also important to be aware that optional modules listed on course pages may be subject to change depending on uptake numbers each year.  

Contact time is subject to increase or decrease in line with possible restrictions imposed by the government or the University in the interest of maintaining the health and safety and wellbeing of students, staff, and visitors if this is deemed necessary in future.

 

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