CN0704 - Applied Life Science for Children and Young Person's Nursing

What will I learn on this module?

This module will introduce the concept of safe nursing practice, effective communication, medicine management, and the proficiencies of physical assessment. This module will be taught across the year aligned to your learning within CN0705 and CN0706 bringing together theory and practice to facilitate your development as a safe and effective practitioner. You will learn how to observe and assess children and young people in terms of symptoms and signs of physical ill health. You will learn how to take, record and interpret a patient’s vital signs and use communication tools to support verbal and written reports as well as basic medicine calculation and management. You will develop fundamental nursing skills to act in a holistic, individualised, non-judgemental, and honest way, with integrity, and apply principles of The Code (Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) 2018a). Prior to your first placement, you will complete a number of mandatory requirements which include moving and handling (M&H), basic life support (BLS), and de-escalation technique. These skills are informed by the proficiency standards outlined in Annex A and B in ‘Future Nurse: standards of proficiency for registered nurse’ (NMC, 2018b).

You will be taught by experts and practice these skills in a variety of simulated education activities, utilizing a range of specialist technology such as human patient simulators alongside specialist equipment and immersive interactive environments within the clinical skills centre. These dynamic learning opportunities will support you to develop knowledge and gather evidence, which will inform your attainment of your Ongoing Record of Achievement (ORA).

How will I learn on this module?

Lecturers from the Children’s Nursing Teaching Team will support your learning in this module and this will be a blended approach of face-to-face practical sessions underpinned by online learning resources contained within the Blackboard Ultra site. There will be online supported learning packages (OSL) and lectures introducing key concepts followed by seminars where you engage with the theory incorporating Enquiry-Based Student Learning (EBSL). Active student participation will be facilitated by nursing lecturers where learning from peers is encouraged. There is an expectation, that as adult learners, you will be eager to learn, motivated to study and address your learning needs through reflection on your academic progress initially using formative education strategies.

You will work collaboratively with peers to build your knowledge and understanding, and will be provided with the facilities to link with fellow students in other fields of nursing. You will be introduced to the task-work component of teamwork which reflects the realities of delivering effective care for children and young people in the community and all healthcare settings. You will also be supported through a model of peer-learning (Learning Leaders) where students from previous cohorts will share their experiences and advice, assisting you through year 1.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Contact with the module team is available in person, via telephone and email. Support for your learning is also offered via a 24 hour IT Helpline, Student Support and Wellbeing Services via Ask4help and Student portal or library and Skills Plus, the University Library’s collection of online learning materials to support the development of your academic skills.
You will be supported by a module team of specialist nursing lecturers, who will provide ongoing guidance and feedback to ensure you are able to engage with concepts of safe nursing practice, the physical health, mental health and wellbeing status of people of all ages, and the academic rigour of the module.

You will also support each other via peer support, through engaging in discussion and debate to enhance your learning. These will include the electronic reading list, PowerPoint presentations, recorded lectures and interactive learning packages. The University Libraries at both Coach Lane Campus and City Campus offer an extensive collection of material, both hard copy and electronic, access to international databases and training in information retrieval. All additional support will be in line with any Disabled Student Services Report Recommendations (DSSR).

The use of peer support is a vital component of developing critical discussion and generating ideas and will be utilised during this module.

There are useful study skills guides via the Northumbria University Library.

See the Developing your learning skills link: "Developing your Learning Skills" NU Lib Guides

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. Critically analyse the fundamental principles and concepts underpinning effective communication skills and safe evidence-based person-centred nursing care.

Intellectual / Professional Skills & Abilities:

2. Demonstrate critical understanding of the foundations of professional communication and assessment skills to assess people of all ages accurately.
3. Critically apply evidence based patient assessment skills and nursing interventions to assess people of all ages accurately and support them using safe and effective practice.
4. Demonstrate critical understanding of the principles of medicine management.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
5. Demonstrate professionalism, integrity and an ability to work within recognised professional standards.

How will I be assessed?

Formative assessment of numeracy (SafeMedicate) will also be undertaken.
(MLO 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5)

Summative Assessment:
Summative assessment will be an unseen written exam, 120 minutes in durations. Questions will be a mixture of MCQ and short answer questions with essay/ scenario based questions. This exam will be submitted electronically, will be invigilated and will be marked electronically by the academic team.

(MLO 1, 2, 3 4 & 5)





Module abstract

This skills-based module will initiate the development of your communication and nursing procedure skills, which are necessary for safe, effective, professional practice and give you the key skills for a successful career in nursing. Sessions will focus on a range of skills and nursing interventions that support your learning in practice. You will have the opportunities to participate in a variety of simulated education within the clinical skills centre utilizing a range of specialist technology including programmable mannequins and immersive technology. As you progress through the module, you will learn how to critically reflect on your own performance and illustrate your development and growing confidence in a professional portfolio.

Course info

Credits 20

Level of Study Postgraduate

Mode of Study 2 Years Full Time

Department Nursing, Midwifery & Health

Location Coach Lane Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start January 2024

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Full time Courses starting in 2023 are primarily delivered via on-campus face to face learning but may include elements of online learning. We continue to monitor government and local authority guidance in relation to Covid-19 and we are ready and able to flex accordingly to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff.

Contact time is subject to increase or decrease in line with additional restrictions imposed by the government or the University in the interest of maintaining the health and safety and wellbeing of students, staff, and visitors, potentially to a full online offer, should further restrictions be deemed necessary in future. Our online activity will be delivered through Blackboard Ultra, enabling collaboration, connection and engagement with materials and people.


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