AD7000 - Advanced Practice

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What will I learn on this module?

The Advanced Practice module is a semester based 60 credit module on an extended Masters programme to utilise the skills and knowledge acquired during the previous taught study in a real-world placement, and/or extended research activity with a specific work-based context within the discipline area of your Masters. As a work placement, you will gain an advanced first-hand knowledge and experience of professional practice and an understanding of organisations within the relevant sector, and develop business orientated problem solving skills by the practical application of knowledge gained through your studies of the operation, policy decisions and social and industrial impact of the organisations. As an extended practical work-facing research based activity, you will directly learn how research strategically informs professional practice and in the development and practical application of a range of research methodologies and industry applicable theoretical knowledge within the subject field.

How will I learn on this module?

Introductory sessions prepare you for your work placement or professional practice research activity that teach key attributes such as personal branding skills, job interview techniques, professional pre-and-post placement CV construction, and/or how to develop an industry-related research question and organisation-based research approaches.

You will then learn through observation of key procedures at the individual employer organisation and active participation on a work placement and/or through consideration of a research question in an area of interest related to your programme of study to develop research and academic skills.

There is an individual focus dependent upon the specialist nature of your placement and/or research activity, which is individually negotiated and agreed by the University and , if appropriate, placement provider.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Advanced practice through work placement: you will attend relevant presentations and meet with a placement tutor who will provide guidance and support throughout your placement. Placements are also supported by the Placements/Student Engagement Office to ensure that the placement is appropriate and that any specific requirements are met, including satisfying health and safety requirements are met. Throughout the placement, you will have the opportunity for regular contact with your placement tutor by email, and where possible placement visits.

Advanced practice through research: support will be provided by a research supervisor with active expertise in your specific research topic through regular project supervision.

Academic staff, will be active in guiding and supporting you through the module, and will be available to see by arrangement outside of scheduled sessions.

Technology will be widely used as a tool in supporting the module activities through the e-learning portal using audio and visual materials, discussion boards and allowing collaborative activity as appropriate to your programme.

The English for Specific Academic Purposes (ESAP) is also available primarily for International students as a supporting module to the programme designed to help develop their literacy and professional communications skills - particularly writing assignments, dissertations and project presentation.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at:
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team –

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
1. You will gain an advanced understanding of the professional area of practice and/or organisations in relation to your degree title.
2. You will gain an advanced knowledge in employing a range of professional practice skills and critical strategic approaches in a work-based and/or research context.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:

3. You will be able to demonstrate a range of professional skills for effective communication of ideas, and contribute to the development of working practices/research within the subject area.
4. You will be able to demonstrate the use of practicable skills in problem solving, either in a work-based or research context.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
5. Demonstrate ethical and cultural awareness through working with others.

How will I be assessed?

1. Formative process: Through initial discussion and approval of research question and/or placement organisation you will be provided with feedback on the proposed area of research and/or placement.

2. Summative Assessment process: Portfolio of a written report (3000 words) to include an evaluation of the placement/research activity and a reflection on how this has contributed to your research and/or professional skills development and supporting material. (All MLOs)

3. Feedback process: in line with University standards.


Successful completion of 120 credits at level 7.



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Course info

Credits 60

Level of Study Postgraduate

Mode of Study 2 years full-time (with advanced practice in the second year)
2 other options available

Department Social Sciences

Location Lipman Building, Newcastle City Campus

City Newcastle

Start September 2019 or January 2020

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