Module code: NURM186

Module Overview

This module will explore advanced practice within the context of clinical decision making and reasoning based upon the comprehensive physical, social and psychological assessment of the patient / client to inform care decisions

Module provider

School of Health Sciences

Module Leader

STOBBART Mark (Health Sci.)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 7

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

Overall student workload

Independent Learning Hours: 103

Lecture Hours: 20

Tutorial Hours: 3

Practical/Performance Hours: 24

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

To have completed the Health Assessment module, or equivalent, at level 6 or 7 Currently be working in health and social care Professional registration as a healthcare professional with the Nursing and Midwifery Council or the Health and Care Professions Council  

Module content

Indicative content includes:
• Decision making theories and models,
• Clinical reasoning
• Policy development,
• Assessing and managing risk in complex situations
• Legal and ethical issues,
• Systems based physical assessment across the lifespan
• Psycho social assessment
• Advanced practice

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Practical based assessment OSCE (50 MINUTES) 40

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate their advanced assessment knowledge and skills for a range of body systems. 

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of: Case based OSCE- 50 minutes (40%) Reflective clinical log 1250 words (60%)

Formative assessments include peer assessed formative OSCE, formative review of clinical log & plan of reflective case

Module aims

  • • Equip practitioners with a knowledge and understanding of the concepts of advanced practice building upon and developing their reasoning skills based upon a comprehensive physical, social and psychological assessment to inform their patient/ client management

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Critically evaluate key concepts and debates related to advanced practice in contemporary healthcare delivery CT
002 Act autonomously and responsibly when undertaking complex health assessments CKPT
003 Identify advanced concepts underlying theoretical assessment framework and use a range of assessment methods to communicate their findings to support their judgements about potential interventions CKPT
004 Analyse the importance of shared decision making within different healthcare settings CKPT
005 Be aware of own capabilities in key assessment areas and engage in assessment development activity through guided self-direction. PT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to reflect the School's learning and teaching strategy to create dynamic, effective and caring health professionals and advanced assessments, through the use of blended learning.  The learning and teaching methods include:

• Lectures (including e-lectures) • Seminars • Guided study • Simulation • Discussion  • Problem based learning  • Work based learning

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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Other information

Please note that any evidence of unsafe practice or breach of confidentiality will result in an automatic refer for the module. Feedback 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

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 2023/4 academic year.