Module code: NUR3313

Module Overview

Students will examine altered system pathologies and will develop evidence based practice and clinical decision making skills. They will also develop the leadership and communication skills in order to prioritise and manage emergency care across the life span.

Module provider

School of Health Sciences

Module Leader

DOWNS Simon (Health Sci.)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 6

JACs code: B950

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

Overall student workload

Workshop Hours: 3

Lecture Hours: 15

Practical/Performance Hours: 17

Module Availability

Semester 1

Module content

Indicative content includes:

  • Physical, psychological, and social management in out of hospital care.

  • Theory delivery and simulated practice of holistic and systematic assessment and management, interpretation of results and handover of patients/clients

  • Clinical decision making

  • Risk assessment and management

  • Inter-professional and inter-agency team working

  • Emergency and non-emergency care pathways

  • The evidence base for paramedic practice and interventions

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework Written Critical Analysis 50
Practical based assessment ALS OSCE 50

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the principles of assessment, prioritisation and management of patients, specifically with consideration to the on-going care and future pathway availability



Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:


  • ALS OSCE 50%

  • 1000 word critical analysis of an out of hospital patient pathway- identifying positive and negative aspects of pathway and potential novel evidence 50%


    Formative assessment

    Formative OSCEs as at of module delivery



Formative feedback provided by peer group and tutors for the above formative assessment

Module aims

  • This module aims to develop the students' knowledge and understanding of the principles of assessment, prioritisation and management of patients, specifically with consideration to the on-going care and future pathway availability.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
1 Critically appraise the theoretical basis of patient assessment tools; in particular evaluate the effectiveness in an out of hospital environment. KCT
2 Evaluate the evidence base supporting clinical decision making in determining care plans for a variety of patients in accordance with local referral pathways. KCP
3 Examine patient management strategies and appraise the impact of how clinical decisions contribute to the patient experience. CT
4 Analyse the benefits and challenges of multi-professional and inter-agency working. CP

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching methods include:


  • Vignettes of patient scenarios

  • Enquiry Based Learning

  • Group work

  • Student presentations

  • Critical appraisals

  • Peer review and feedback

  • Lectures

  • 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
Upon accessing the reading list, please search for the module using the module code: NUR3313

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Paramedic Science BSc (Hons)(NURSES PRE-REG SEPT) 1 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.