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Health Care Practice

Course overview

(BSc) Bachelor of Science
Health Care Practice
University of Essex
University of Essex
Health and Social Care (School of)
Colchester Campus
Honours Degree
By credit accumulation
Health Studies
BSC B900
Please contact for further information about this course, planning a pathway and how to apply.

External Examiners

Mrs Chanel Watson
Lecturer/Programme Director

External Examiners provide an independent overview of our courses, offering their expertise and help towards our continual improvement of course content, teaching, learning, and assessment. External Examiners are normally academics from other higher education institutions, but may be from the industry, business or the profession as appropriate for the course. They comment on how well courses align with national standards, and on how well the teaching, learning and assessment methods allow students to develop and demonstrate the relevant knowledge and skills needed to achieve their awards. External Examiners who are responsible for awards are key members of Boards of Examiners. These boards make decisions about student progression within their course and about whether students can receive their final award.

eNROL, the module enrolment system, is now open until Monday 21 October 2019 8:59AM, for students wishing to make changes to their module options.


Core You must take this module You must pass this module. No failure can be permitted.
Core with Options You can choose which module to study
Compulsory You must take this module There may be limited opportunities to continue on the course/be eligible for the degree if you fail.
Compulsory with Options You can choose which module to study
Optional You can choose which module to study

Year 1 - 2019/20

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Credits
01 HS602-6-AU Developing Critical Appraisal Skills Core 30
02 Option(s) from list Core with Options 150

Exit awards

A module is given one of the following statuses: 'core' – meaning it must be taken and passed; 'compulsory' – meaning it must be taken; or 'optional' – meaning that students can choose the module from a designated list. The rules of assessment may allow for limited condonement of fails in 'compulsory' or 'optional' modules, but 'core' modules cannot be failed. The status of the module may be different in any exit awards which are available for the course. Exam Boards will consider students' eligibility for an exit award if they fail the main award or do not complete their studies.

Programme aims

Equip the students with the requisite knowledge and skills to make a contribution to improving health and social care.

Develop critical appraisal skills in order to employ evidence based practice.

Facilitate understanding of the principles of the research process and project design.

Develop the skills to enable students to operate confidently in the context of inter professional practice in health and social care.

Promote the students' personal and professional growth through active reflection.

Provide opportunities for shared learning and development of team working.

Learning outcomes and learning, teaching and assessment methods

On successful completion of the programme a graduate should demonstrate knowledge and skills as follows:

A: Knowledge and understanding

A1 Critical understanding of the complex nature of health and social care delivery
A2 Critical understanding of the theories, principles and concepts underpinning current professional practice
A3 Knowledge of the organisational framework of health and social care delivery
A4 Critical understanding of the research process and research evidence pertinent to area of personal practice
A5 Knowledge and understanding of working as a reflective practitioner
Learning Methods: A1-5 students are introduced to concepts in formal lectures and directed reading, with opportunities for class discussion.

All students are encouraged to participate actively in the sessions.

This discussion may be face to face or online, using Moodle.

A1 - A5 are further supported by the contribution of visiting lecturers who are working in services and representatives from service user groups.

A5 is further supported by experiential learning and students are encouraged to reflect on their clinical experience in a safe and supportive environment, fostered by the expertise of the teaching team.
Assessment Methods: A1-5 are assessed by course work, extended essays, portfolio and (for two of the optional modules only) exams

B: Intellectual and cognitive skills

B1 Systematically gather and critically review evidence and assumptions to reach sound clinical decisions
B2 Identify a range of research tools and critically appraise their application
B3 Critically analyse the likely impact of research on practice
B4 Practice in ways that draw heavily on reflection of practice and responsibilities
B5 Deal with complex ethical and professional issues, making informed judgements on matters that are not directly addressed within existing codes, standards and protocols and develop creative responses to problems and issues.
Learning Methods: B1-5 are facilitated through seminars, small group work supported by an enquiry based learning approach.

Participation is facilitated by the incorporation of exemplars, provided by the students, into the course teaching.

They are further supported by small group or individual supervision

Teaching may be face to face and online Moodle.
Assessment Methods: B1-5 are assessed by coursework with a clear link to practice in the health care arena - mainly portfolios, literature reviews and essays.

C: Practical skills

C1 Perform systematic searches for information relevant to specific topics, using library and on line resources
C2 Produce a critical review of literature in a selected area
C3 Identify and debate professional and ethical issues in research literature
C4 Analyse quantitative and qualitative data
C5 Plan and present work in an appropriate manner.
C6 Assess and maximise an individual's coping strategies in response to illness when planning care
Learning Methods: C1-6 are explicated in the variety of teaching and learning activities undertaken (e.g.
Formal lectures, case studies, problem based learning, topic based study, literature sourcing activities) and are enhanced through the development of the workbased learning portfolio

C5 is on-going throughout the course and is supported by structured feedback on formative and summative coursework.
Assessment Methods: C1-6 asssessed by course work - essays, portfolios, literature review

D: Key skills

D1 Able to write effectively and to present information verbally in a clear manner.
D2 Use Information Technology efficiently to access information and present written work
D3 Identify appropriate packages for handling and analysing research data
D4 Select an appropriate strategy to address practice based problems e.g using sources of knowledge and theoretical frameworks related to the area in order to demonstrate the professional basis for decisions, in a given situation
D5 Work as a member of the multi professional team to negotiate and work towards agreed goals to promote positive coping mechanisms for clients and staff in clinical area
D6 Use feedback purposefully to reflect on experiences in order to enhance learning and development. Provide evidence in support of decision making; recognise professional limitations; and access support networks appropriately.
Learning Methods: D1-5 are explicated in the variety of teaching and learning activities undertaken (e.g.
Formal lectures, on-line activities, problem based learning, topic based study, literature analysis activities)

D1-6 enhanced by ongoing small group or individual tutorials and support from academic and practice supervisors

C5 is on-going throughout the course and is supported by structured feedback on formative and summative coursework.

D4-6 are supported by student presentations of examples from practice and consequent class discussion, both face to face and online
Assessment Methods: D1- D6 is assessed through coursework extended essays, portfolios, class presentations

D2 is assessed through written assignments

D3 is assessed through demonstration of its application in written work and through completion of data exercises


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