NS0411 - Foundations of Knowledge for Adult Nursing

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What will I learn on this module?

This module will enable you to explore the various forms of knowledge that adult nurses use to underpin their practice, this includes research. The module will use Carper’s ‘ways of knowing’ as a framework focusing on the domains of science, ethics, personal and aesthetics. These will help to establish the range of perspectives, which will contribute to your clinical nursing evidence base as an adult nurse. The module will help to develop techniques for the retrieval of evidence from a range sources, including research. In addition, it will provide you with the opportunity to develop the essential cognitive skills that contribute to effective nursing practice and set you on your journey as a lifelong learner (Chapelhow et al 2005).

How will I learn on this module?

In this module you will learn through a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops and directed study, all relating to contemporary nursing practice. Lectures will introduce a variety of nursing principles that relate to the use of evidence to underpin practice. Seminars will feature enquiry based learning using a student centred patient / client focused approach, where you will be actively encouraged to reflect with peers and lecturers. Workshops will allow you to develop information retrieval skills to link theory to practice, and explore skills to enhance your confidence and help prepare you for the delivery of safe and effective nursing care. You will be expected to complete directed learning and make active use of the e Learning Portal (eLP) using it as a starting point for your own reading.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

You will gain support from face to face dialogue during lectures, seminars and workshops. You will have a group tutorial to support your summative assignment. Northumbria University has access to electronic resources that will directly support the development of academic skills aimed at improving your critical thinking and writing. You will have access via the eLP’s electronic module reading list. Extensive support is also accessible on-line through the use of skills plus, e-books, e-journals and an array of databases. A central feature of the academic support available to you is the service provided by Northumbria University library that is a 24/7 service which caters for all your learning needs. In addition, there is the Ask4help service that is available to provide individual support or help with queries you may have in relation to your students in both the module and the wider programme.

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: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
1. Describe forms of knowledge which underpin adult nursing practice and how they are generated

2. Appreciate how the different forms of knowledge are used to inform adult nursing practice.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
3. Develop effective searching techniques and retrieve information from a variety of professional sources.

4. Analyse information and demonstrate how it applies to adult nursing practice.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):

5. Develop curiosity and an enquiring approach that facilitates engagement in learning about the ‘ways of knowing’ that underpin nursing practice.

How will I be assessed?

Formative Assessment

You will be asked to present a formative peer presentation, which will explore concepts relating to the summative assessment. You will outline the various methods you undertook to access these resources to support your work and reference your work.

(MLO 1,2,3,4, and 5)

Academic supervisors will engage with you to appraise your current level of understanding and appreciation of the concepts within the activity. Peer feedback will be provided on each presentation.

Summative assessment.
Focusing on an adult nursing procedure from clinical practice you will submit an assignment of 1000 words. You will be expected to write in an appropriate academic style, utilising an appropriate referencing system (MLO 1,2,3,4, 5).


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Module abstract

In this module you will explore the various forms of knowledge that adult nurses use to underpin their practice, including research. You will be introduced to the concept of ‘ways of knowing’ using the domains of science, ethics, personal and aesthetics. You will learn how to access information that will inform your future nursing practice and learning on the adult nursing programme. The module sets the tone for research rich learning in the curriculum, utilising a range of teaching and learning strategies. This includes workshops to help you to retrieve, analyse and apply the information that you find. You will also learn how to develop your academic writing and referencing in line with university requirements.

Course info

UCAS Code B700

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time (45 weeks and 4 days per year)

Department Nursing, Midwifery & Health

Location Coach Lane Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2020

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