Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
School of Nursing
This course is taught online so you can study where you want, when you want.
26 September 2022
23 January 2023
Enabling students from a variety of disciplines to increase their knowledge in relation to the advancement of effective and proactive continence care.
This Level 7 module provides a theoretical basis for the enhanced delivery of evidence-based, personalised continence care. The treatment modalities for both urinary and faecal incontinence are explored and the role of the healthcare professional as an agent of change is actively investigated. The role of local, national and international policies and competencies to provide a mechanism to promote a standard of care delivery nationally is explored.
In this section
If urinary incontinence alone was a country it would be the third biggest in the world, to say nothing of those who also live with faecal incontinence. People who have incontinence often express feeling isolated, ashamed, depressed and lacking control. Although a 'Cinderella' service, providing for and delivering high quality care is greatly needed. The purpose of this module is to assist healthcare professionals to advance the understanding and provision of person-centered care for patients living with incontinence. The module facilitates students to further develop and enhance their knowledge, attitudes, analytical and subject-specialist skills to better understand and meet the needs of people with incontinence, acting as cocare-planner with the patient. The weaving together of theory, practice and policy perspectives is fundamental to the successful completion of the module.
Module runs over a 12 week period in total. This is fully-online module so no attendance is required. Please contact the individual Module Co-ordinator for details.
Attendance will be monitored at the University and Employers are informed of all absences.
(a) have gained
i) an Honours or non-Honours degree from a University of the United Kingdom or Republic of Ireland or from the Council for National Academic Awards, the National Council for Educational Awards, the Higher Education and Training Awards Council, from an institution of another country which is recognised as being of an equivalent standard; or
ii) an equivalent standard in a Postgraduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma, Graduate Certificate or an approved alternative qualification;
(b) provide evidence of competence in written and spoken English (GCSE grade C or equivalent); or in the case of international applicants whose first language is not English is a minimum acceptable score for the British Council IELTS of 6.0 (with no contributing band of less than 5.5) or equivalent.
(c) In exceptional circumstances, as an alternative to (a) (i) or (a) (ii) and/or (b), where an individual has substantial and significant experiential learning, a portfolio of written evidence demonstrating the meeting of graduate qualities (including subject-specific outcomes, as determined by the Course Committee) may be considered as an alternative entrance route. Evidence used to demonstrate graduate qualities may not be used for exemption against modules within the programme.
In addition, applicants must:
i) demonstrate that they are working with the appropriate client base to facilitate study; and
ii) be currently registered with a Professional Health Care or Regulatory Body within their own country (where that is available).
English language requirements for international applicants
Applicants must satisfy the University's general entry requirements including meet the minimum English entrance requirements of the university, which in the case of international applicants whose first language is not English is a minimum acceptable score for the British Council IELTS of 6.0 (with no contributing band of less than 5.5) or equivalent; and
Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.
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The normal study load expectation for an undergraduate full-time course of study in the standard academic year is 120 credit points. This amounts to around 36-42 hours of expected teaching and learning per week, inclusive of attendance requirements for lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical work, fieldwork or other scheduled classes, private study, and assessment. Part-time study load is the same as full-time pro-rata, with each credit point representing 10 hours of student effort.
Postgraduate Masters courses typically comprise 180 credits, taken in three semesters when studied full-time. A Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) comprises 60 credits and can usually be completed on a part-time basis in one year. A 120-credit Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) can usually be completed on a part-time basis in two years.
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Assessment methods vary and are defined explicitly in each module. Assessment can be via one method or a combination e.g. examination and coursework . Assessment is designed to assess your achievement of the module’s stated learning outcomes. You can expect to receive timely feedback on all coursework assessment. The precise assessment will depend on the module and may be subject to change from year to year for quality or enhancement reasons. You will be consulted about any significant changes.
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Normally, a module will have four learning outcomes, and no more than two items of assessment. An item of assessment can comprise more than one task. The notional workload and the equivalence across types of assessment is standardised.
The class of Honours awarded in Bachelor’s degrees is usually determined by calculation of an aggregate mark based on performance across the modules at Levels 5 and 6 (which correspond to the second and third year of full-time attendance).
Level 6 modules contribute 70% of the aggregate mark and Level 5 contributes 30% to the calculation of the class of the award. Classification of integrated Masters degrees with Honours include a Level 7 component. The calculation in this case is: 50% Level 7, 30% Level 6, 20% Level 5. At least half the Level 5 modules must be studied at the University for Level 5 to be included in the calculation of the class.
All other qualifications have an overall grade determined by results in modules from the final level of study. In Masters degrees of more than 200 credit points the final 120 points usually determine the overall grading.
Figures correct for academic year 2019-2020.
The University employs over 1,000 suitably qualified and experienced academic staff - 59% have PhDs in their subject field and many have professional body recognition.
Courses are taught by staff who are Professors (25%), Readers, Senior Lecturers (20%) or Lecturers (55%).
We require most academic staff to be qualified to teach in higher education: 82% hold either Postgraduate Certificates in Higher Education Practice or higher. Most academic staff (81%) are accredited fellows of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) by Advanced HE - the university sector professional body for teaching and learning. Many academic and technical staff hold other professional body designations related to their subject or scholarly practice.
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Occasionally, teaching may be supplemented by suitably qualified part-time staff (usually qualified researchers) and specialist guest lecturers. In these cases, all staff are inducted, mostly through our staff development programme ‘First Steps to Teaching’. In some cases, usually for provision in one of our out-centres, Recognised University Teachers are involved, supported by the University in suitable professional development for teaching.
Figures correct for academic year 2021-2022.
Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland and EU Settlements Status Fees: £1,044.60
For a 20 Credit Point Postgraduate Module the fee for 2021/22 was £1044.60
Fees are correct at the time of publishing https://www.ulster.ac.uk/finance/student/tuition-fees-rates
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There are additional fees for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines.
Students choosing a period of paid work placement or study abroad as a part of their course should be aware that there may be additional travel and living costs, as well as tuition fees.
See the tuition fees on our student guide for most up to date costs.
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