Module code: NUR3192

Module provider

School of Health Sciences

Module Leader

DAVIES Annette (Health Sci.)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 6

JACs code: B790

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

Module Availability

Year long

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

Working in health and social care Previous study of Research at Level 2

Module content

The academic content of the module concentrates on integrating theoretical and practical knowledge in order to enable the student to study the subject area.

The content will include:


Decision making theory, Pattern recognition, Information processing, Illness script theory, Diagnostic and narrative reasoning, Development of expertise, Critical thinking, Intrinsic and extrinsic factors, Policy development, Risk assessment tool, Legal and ethical issues, Hazardous avoidance, Human and system factors.

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework ESSAY 100

Alternative Assessment

Not required.

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

  • An analysis of a decision related to patient safety, identifying and exploring the key theories of decision making, judgement and risk management.

2500 words (100% of the module marks)

Formative assessment

  • A plan identifying the problem and the key aspects relating to the proposed solution.


Students will receive feedback through a variety of methods, these include:

  • Verbal – during seminar sessions, or tutorials

  • Written – formative feedback on chart

  • Email – where requested by student

E discussion forum’s via Surreylearn

Module aims

  • The aim of this module is to enhance practitioners' understanding and knowledge decision making, judgement and risk within healthcare.  Additionally the module will build on existing knowledge to link theories to practice in order to improve patient safety.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
1 Develop knowledge and understanding of decision making, judgements, reasoning skills and problem solving methodologies within health and social care settings.
2 Analyse the comparative theories within the reasoning domain.
3 Analyse the impact of patient safety policy.
4 Utilise a problem solving approach to decision making, risk assessment and hazard avoidance.
5 Take responsibility for and effectively communicate decisions and judgements made in the practice setting.
6 Develop the ability to critically evaluate evidence supporting professional practice and making informed decisions.

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The module has 9 taught study days delivered by using a variety of learning and teaching strategies.

Subject knowledge will be delivered through key note lectures, group tutorials, work-based learning and guided 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.

Reading list


Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Delivering Quality Healthcare BSc (Hons)(YEAR LONG) Year-long Core Each unit of assessment must be passed at 40% to pass the module

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.