2022/23 Part-time Undergraduate course
Bachelor of Science with Honours
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
School of Nursing
This course is taught online so you can study where you want, when you want.
Providing flexible and engaging distance learning opportunities to students keen to succeed in today's challenging health & social care environment.
This online, readily accessible programme offers both a clinical and non-clinical pathway aimed at producing graduates who will excel in their chosen professional career. The programme aims to support the development of action focussed and enabled students who will be able to integrate the knowledge and theory they engage with on the programme into responsible health and social care activities within their workplace environment. In doing so the graduates will not only improve services where they work but will also act as mentors for others who wish to do the same.
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Students will enter the programme at level 6 (having been accredited for 240 credit points at levels 4 and 5) and will normally complete this programme in part-time mode over a minimum of two years. The programme consists of 4 - thirty credit modules, 2 of which make up the chosen pathway option in year 1 and the final 2 in year 2 which are compulsory modules (Global Issues in Transforming Health and the Research Project). Students have the choice of five pathway options:
The pathways are:
91% of staff in the School hold a recognised teaching qualification and
76% of staff are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy and 5 staff are Senior Fellows. Six hold Fellowships of the Centre for Higher Education Research and Practice (CHERP). One member of staff has received the University’s Distinguished Teaching Award Fellowship while another 2 have received the University’s Distinguished Research Fellow and Distinguished Research Fellowship Award. The School has a track record of academic promotions up to and including, professorial level for Learning and Teaching related activities
Results of the 2014 Research Excellence Framework show that 96% of Nursing and Health Science research was judged to be of international excellence or world leading.The Institute of Nursing & Health Research takes the lead in delivering research and evidence-based practice education to ensure that students are exposed to research active staff and are given the opportunity to reflect upon the impact research and evidence have on practice.
The School has an active Educational & Professional Issues Research Group which links with CHERP and several members of the Subject Team have been awarded CHEP (Ulster) Development Funding, Teaching Development Grants from the Higher Education Academy which has supported innovations in the areas of small group teaching and online assessment.
In addition, a number of the subject team are both current members and previous presidents of their specialty's relevant British and European associations, BAUN, EANN and EAUN.
This is a fully online part-time programme, students are expected to engage regularly with the programme and online activity and interaction will be monitored and recorded.
The programme is designed to be particularly cognisant of the needs of the online learner. There is a wide range of support materials, services, pedagogy and personal assistance of teaching staff will be placed at their disposal. Students from varying backgrounds will be facilitated to develop the skills necessary to be a successful learner in the online environment and in collaboration with their student colleagues they will be assisted to become a supportive and empowered, multidisciplinary community of learners.
Throughout the programmes there is an emphasis on the use of critical reflection in combination with a critical approach to the evidence base around healthcare. There is an increasing focus on the use of creative methods and creativity to tap into exciting ways to stimulate learning and insight. These methods in combination enable the course to realise the twin goals of achieving deep learning through promoting active learning. This diverse learning experience offered encourages students to become active and motivated learners, who can seek information, question and analyse its validity and draw appropriate and logical conclusions.
Learning, teaching, and assessment in the School and in this course are based on the concept that knowledge and information gained in the theoretical modules need to be contextualised within a framework that clarifies its origins and development leading to current practice. This also takes into account the fact that theoretical knowledge needs to be grounded in the ‘real world’ of healthcare and is critiqued from the context of its applicability to or impact upon practice. Concurrently, it is recognised that students themselves are people who bring a rich source of knowledge that enables reflection and thus facilitates the co-creation of learning.
Throughout courses and modules students are encouraged to make connections between theoretical content and practice experiences thus facilitating an ability to suggest possible developments or enhancements in practice that in turn would lead to knowledge generation opportunities. The strategies used are based on Knowles’ (2007) andragogical principles of adult learning such as self-direction and a capacity to draw upon experience. This creates the ideal environment to help students understand the symbiotic link between theory and practice. Underpinning all of this, however, is the concept of patient safety. This is a key issue for the School and students are reminded that patient safety and maintaining confidentiality are of paramount importance.
Teaching methods on the course include online lectures that provide students with the necessary knowledge base to develop their insight into the practice and thus inform skill development, tutorial sessions which enable small group work to be carried out along with online debate and discussion.
Students with special needs will receive a personal assessment of additional support required in line with the recommendations as outlined in The Special Education Needs and Disability (NI) Order 2004 (SENDO).
Assessment methods in the course are designed to measure the student’s achievement of the intended learning outcomes and have been informed by the University’s Learning and Teaching strategy and by the Assessment Handbook 2014. On-going formative assessment that has a significant diagnostic function occurs throughout where students are encouraged to discuss their progress and actively plan to address identified learning needs. Within modules feedback from self, peers and tutors help maintain development of student competence. Assessment for learning facilitated by increasing the amount of formative assessment and feedback is seen as key to developing insight in this course and students are encouraged and helped to develop self and peer assessment skills.
Assessment types range from assignment writing, reflective diary or portfolio compilation, group presentations and online tests or workbook completion.
The content for each course is summarised on the relevant course page, along with an overview of the modules that make up the course.
Each course is approved by the University and meets the expectations of:
As part of your course induction, you will be provided with details of the organisation and management of the course, including attendance and assessment requirements - usually in the form of a timetable. For full-time courses, the precise timetable for each semester is not confirmed until close to the start date and may be subject to some change in the early weeks as all courses settle into their planned patterns. For part-time courses which require attendance on particular days and times, an expectation of the days and periods of attendance will be included in the letter of offer. A course handbook is also made available.
Courses comprise modules for which the notional effort involved is indicated by its credit rating. Each credit point represents 10 hours of student effort. Undergraduate courses typically contain 10- or 20-credit modules (more usually 20) and postgraduate course typically 15- or 30-credit modules.
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 Master’s 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.
Class contact times vary by course and type of module. Typically, for a module predominantly delivered through lectures you can expect at least 3 contact hours per week (lectures/seminars/tutorials). Laboratory classes often require a greater intensity of attendance in blocks. Some modules may combine lecture and laboratory. The precise model will depend on the course you apply for and may be subject to change from year to year for quality or enhancement reasons. Prospective students will be consulted about any significant changes.
Assessment methods vary and are defined explicitly in each module. Assessment can be a combination of examination and coursework but may also be only one of these methods. 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.
Coursework can take many forms, for example: essay, report, seminar paper, test, presentation, dissertation, design, artefacts, portfolio, journal, group work. The precise form and combination of assessment will depend on the course you apply for and the module. Details will be made available in advance through induction, the course handbook, the module specification and the assessment timetable. The details are subject to change from year to year for quality or enhancement reasons. You will be consulted about any significant changes.
Normally, a module will have 4 learning outcomes, and no more than 2 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.
Calculation of the Final Award
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 Master’s 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 Master’s degrees of more than 200 credit points the final 120 points usually determine the overall grading.
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 (18%) or Lecturers (57%).
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) - 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.
The profiles of many academic staff can be found on the University’s departmental websites and give a detailed insight into the range of staffing and expertise. The precise staffing for a course will depend on the department(s) involved and the availability and management of staff. This is subject to change annually and is confirmed in the timetable issued at the start of the course.
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 2019-2020.
We recognise a range of qualifications for admission to our courses. In addition to the specific entry conditions for this course you must also meet the University’s General Entrance Requirements.
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Applicants must satisfy the General Entrance Requirements for admission to a first-degree course or demonstrate their ability to undertake the course through the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).
Applicants who wish to follow a clinical pathway must have access to a client base in order to satisfactorily apply theory to practice. (NOTE: Where a student does not have such access, he/she shall be required to undertake a placement in a work environment relevant to their chosen pathway.)
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.
For undergraduate entry applicants must:
(a) i. 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
ii. have completed a Higher National Diploma / Foundation Degree or equivalent level 5 study, in a relevant health or social care or cognate subject.
(b) be able to provide evidence of their ability to undertake the programme through the
accreditation of prior experiential learning.
(c) 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).
The initial offer standard may vary from year to year. See prospectus entry.
Applicants for The BSc (Hons) will be expected to have completed a Higher National Diploma / Foundation Degree or equivalent level 5 study, in a relevant health or social care or cognate subject or be able to provide evidence of their ability to undertake the programme through the development of a portfolio for accreditation of prior experiential learning matched against the programme learning outcomes at Levels 4 & 5.
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Students on this programme are expected to be working in the fields of healthcare and/or social care. On completion of this programme of study, we expect students to continue in their employment with an enhanced range of transferable and subject specific skills to benefit their employer, communities, individual patients/clients and their families. We also expect graduates to achieve a higher personal profile within their organisation thus enhancing their prospects of promotion and/or career development. A number of students may progress to postgraduate and doctoral level studies and choose from a range of courses available in the School of Nursing and the wider University.
Students are required to be working with the appropriate client base to facilitate study.
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There may be an additional cost of a set of headphones with integrated microphone to use during online lectures and some assessment types. These headphones are essential to cut down background noise when participating in Blackboard Collaborate Ultra which is an audio / visual virtual classroom, however they do not need to be an expensive item and simple headphones such as those provided with mobile phones can be used.
Tuition fees and costs associated with accommodation, travel (including car parking charges), and normal living are a part of university life.
Where a course has additional mandatory expenses we make every effort to highlight them. These may include residential visits, field trips, materials (e.g. art, design, engineering) inoculations, security checks, computer equipment, uniforms, professional memberships etc.
We aim to provide students with the learning materials needed to support their studies. Our libraries are a valuable resource with an extensive collection of books and journals as well as first-class facilities and IT equipment. Computer suites and free wifi is also available on each of the campuses.
There will be some additional costs to being a student which cannot be itemised and these will be different for each student. You may choose to purchase your own textbooks and course materials or prefer your own computer and software. Printing and binding may also be required. There are additional fees for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines. Additional costs vary from course to course.
Students choosing a period of paid work placement or study abroad as part of their course should be aware that there may be additional travel and living costs as well as tuition fees.
Please contact the course team for more information.
The price of your overall programme will be determined by the number of modules that you initiate in the relevant academic year.
For modules commenced in the academic year 2021/22, the following module fees apply:
|Number of Modules||NI Cost||GB Cost||International Cost|
|120x credit modules||£4,530||£9,250||£14,910|
|60x credit modules||£2,265||£4,625||£7,455|
|30x credit modules||£1,132.50||£2,312.50||£3,727.50|
|20x credit modules||£755||£1,541.66||£2,485|
Course Director: Ms Oonagh Carson