Module code: NUR2146

Module provider

School of Health Sciences

Module Leader

DAVIES Annette (Health Sci.)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 5

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Overall student workload

Independent Learning Hours: 114

Lecture Hours: 42

Module Availability

Crosses academic years

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

  Ability to study at Level 2.

Module content


Pathophysiology associated with acute illness ( e.g. coronary heart disease, neurological trauma, diabetic ketoacidosis, septicaemia,  respiratory failure)

The policy framework for Acute and Critical Care

Acute assessment skills including systematic assessment and interpretation of data

Sources of evidence- e.g. guidance, research and audit

Risk assessment

Evaluation of care including users’ perspective

Clinical decision making

Legal and Ethical Issues in Acute and Critical Care

Critical Care Outreach

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework ASSIGNMENT 100

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

Module aims

  • This module will explore the role of the assistant practitioner and the principles underpinning health care in the context of such acute and critical care environments as accident and emergency departments, high dependency and intensive care units, urgent treatment centres and acute surgical and medical wards.  It will facilitate a critical examination of the theoretical bases for care and support the development of clinical judgement.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
1 Apply a sound understanding of pathophysiological changes and the psychosocial impact in the assessment and care of clients as well as his/her family and friends.
2 Articulate the elements involved in clinical reasoning and the choice of therapeutic interventions in the acute and critical care environment and consider care decisions in a critical and reflective manner.
3 Analyse the significance of current national health care policies and priorities for the delivery of acute and critical care.
4 Discuss, in the light of moral, ethical and legal perspectives, contemporary issues in acute and critical care such as user involvement,  choice and advocacy, abortion, euthanasia and resuscitation.
5 Prioritise own work and have begun to help others to prioritise theirs.

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning


The module will be delivered using a variety of teaching and learning strategies. This includes, for example, lectures, self directed learning activity, in-class exercises and group discussions. Subject knowledge is delivered through key note lectures, individual tutorials, self-reflective learning and self-directed study.

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

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Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2019/0 academic year.