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B74AC3 Advancing Practice Clinical Project/Dissertation
(Last Updated:03 May 2017)

Year  14/15

Total Credits: 60

Level: Level 4

Target Students:  UK registered health care professionals registered on the PGDip/MSc Advanced Clinical Practice and who have successfully completed the prerequisites.
  LBR Module

Taught Semesters:

Full Year Assessed by end of Designated Period 


B74AS1 History taking, physical examination and clinical decision making I 
B74AS2 History taking, physical examination and clinical decision making 2 

Corequisites:  None.

Summary of Content:  
The module requires students to work on a project within their specialist area. This may be a modified systematic review, empirical research, clinical audit/service evaluation or critical review of the literature. Whichever option is chosen, the focus is an issue related to advancing practice and in the completed dissertation the student must demonstrate how knowledge gained could be used to advance practice.

Method and Frequency of Class:
Specific Activities are not listed
Further Activity Details:
This module involves 600 hours of learning, but has no taught content. Learning takes place independently with support of an academic supervisor. Students will receive a minimum of six one hour supervision sessions. The student formulates a question related to advancing practice and a plan to answer it through one of the four dissertation options is agreed with the supervisor.

Method of Assessment: 

Assessment TypeWeightRequirements
Dissertation 100 Dissertation of 12,000-15,000 words 

Mr M Foss

Education Aims:  
The aim of this module is to enable students to demonstrate self-direction and originality in completing an extended piece of work relating to advancing practice through one of four dissertation options. The completed work should demonstrate academic competence and clinical relevance.

Learning Outcomes:  

A Knowledge and understanding

  • A1 Undertake a modified systematic review, or formulate a research question and undertake an empirical investigation, or formulate an audit question and undertake an audit or undertake a critical review of the literature
  • A2 Complete a dissertation demonstrating how the above contributes to advancing practice
  • B Intellectual Skills

  • B1 Demonstrate self-direction and originality in completing the dissertation
  • C Professional/Practical Skills

  • C1 Demonstrate how new knowledge generated through the completion of a dissertation contributes to advancing practice
  • D Transferable/Key Skills

  • D1 Communicate effectively in writing and through oral present
  • D2 Use appropriate and effective information and communication technologies
  • D3 Effectively manage his/her time and work to deadlines
  • D4 Take responsibility when making decisions in complex and unpredictable situations
  • D5 Demonstrate the independent learning ability required for continuing professional development
  • D6 Evaluate his/her own professional development, develop personal, professional and educational learning objectives and develop a plan to meet these
  • Offering School:  Health Sciences

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