Module code: NUR3280

Module Overview

This is a practice module where students are in practice placements and working towards achieving the competencies required for the second progression point of the NMC Standards for Nursing Educaton

Module provider

School of Health Sciences

Module Leader

BRIGHTON David (Health Sci.)

Number of Credits: 60

ECTS Credits: 30

Framework: FHEQ Level 6

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

Overall student workload

Clinical Placement Hours: 862

Independent Learning Hours: 18

Lecture Hours: 18

Module Availability

Crosses academic years

Module content

Brief Indication of Content:


Essential clinical  skills

Professional Values

Communication and development of interpersonal skills

Decision making

Leadership, management and team working

Mandatory updates

Medicines Management


Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Practical based assessment PP1:CLINICAL GRADING TOOL 10
Practical based assessment PP1: SNAP SHOT ASSESSMENT Pass/Fail
Practical based assessment PP1: ESC AND KEY DOCUMENTATION Pass/Fail
Practical based assessment PP2: CLINICAL GRADING TOOL 20
Practical based assessment PP2: SNAP SHOT ASSESSMENT Pass/Fail

Alternative Assessment

None as all are core to meet NMC Standards The pass mark is 40% for the Clinical Grading Tool, Snap Shot Assessment and Medicine Management Exam Part 1. The Medicine Management Exam Part 2 (medication calculations) has a 90% pass mark. The Essential Skills Competencies all need to be achieved in practice and are assessed by mentors.

Assessment Strategy

The module is core and will require students to pass every unit of assessment.
The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate achievement of the learning outcomes, alongside a wide range of practice based competencies, in order to achieve the criteria set by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). Thus allowing the student to meet the requirements for NMC progression point 2. Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

Portfolio of Practice

  • Clinical Grading tool 40% pass mark

  • Snap shot assessment of practice- pass/fail

  • Essential Skills Clusters (NMC) - pass/fail

Medicines Management, safe administration and Pharmacodynamics Exam 

  • Part 1 (Safe Administration and Pharmacodynamics) - 40% pass mark  

  • Part 2 (Medicines Calculations) - Pass/Fail (NB *90% pass mark)

*Medicine Management Calculations Exam,  is a pass/fail  component, however with a pass mark of 90% is required in order to meet the NMC Standards of Education (2010).

Mind map and annotated bibliography - pass mark 40%

  • Present a summary of a patient you have cared for, using a short SBAR structure to organise the summary. This summary should be no more than 500 words.

  • Present a mindmap diagram of aspects and issues in the disease process and care of a patient you have cared for. The mindmap is not included in the work count.

  • Present an annotated bibliography demonstrating insightful analysis of findings from the evidence and critical appraisal of a selection of 3-4 pieces of evidence to support their knowledge of the patient and the patient’s treatment. This annotated bibliography should be approximately 300-500 words for each individual chosen resource. This assignment should be 2000 words in total including the SBAR structured summary and annotated bibliography.

Assessment criteria for Mindmap and Annotated Bibliography: the student must include the following:

  • The student can select a patient in their care and identify relevant pathophysiology and psychosocial aspects relevant to them as an individual (Learning Outcomes 2, 3, 5)

  • The student has selected 3-4 appropriate, relevant, up to date pieces of literature, resources, guidelines or evidence. These resources should inform or guide the care needs and nursing practice for their chosen patient (Learning Outcomes 1,2, 3, 5).

  • The student can present a summary of the findings, evidence or guidance in each chosen resource and link this to the practice and care for their patient (Learning Outcomes 1,2, 3, 5).

  • The student can demonstrate insight in identifying relevant resources to support their practice. The student can critically discuss aspects of quality of the chosen resource and discuss these with appropriate support from the literature on Evidence Based Practice or research methods to form a critical argument and judgement about the quality or relevance of each of the selected resources (Learning Outcomes 1,2, 3 5).

Formative assessment
Feedback within practice from mentors, practice exam papers with feedback

Through the practice assessment documentation and following the exam

Module aims

  • To enable students to continue to develop competence in a range of clinical placements, whilst gaining further insight into the variety of  health and social care provision and thus make comparisons of  care delivery, practice and professional roles.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
1 Practise with minimal supervision in situations of varying complexity and predictability, requiring the application of a wide range of knowledge, evidence and skills.
2 Apply a range of knowledge and evidence to inform own practise and that of others, in order to ensure safe and effective care delivery and enable comparisons between different health and social care systems
3 Critically analyse and synthesis information and demonstrate confidence and flexibility in identifying and defining problems and solutions within the practice setting
4 Adapt interpersonal and communication skills to a range of situations and interact effectively within a team by recognising, supporting or being proactive in leadership in order to achieve own and group outcomes.
5 Demonstrate effective self-management skills, acting minimal guidance to manage own personal and professional development using a range of resources.

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

Delivery of Module:

Practice based mentor supervision, formative feedback and assessment

Experience of patient pathways

Support from Personal Tutors and Practice Liaison Teachers 




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
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Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Nursing Studies (Registered Nurse - Adult Nursing) PGDip(NURSES PRE-REG SEP) Cross Year Core Each unit of assessment must be passed at 40% to pass the module
Nursing Studies (Registered Nurse - Children's Nursing) PGDip(NURSES PRE-REG SEP) Cross Year Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Nursing Studies (Registered Nurse - Mental Health) PGDip(NURSES PRE-REG SEP) Cross Year 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.