The aim of this course is to support General Practice Nurses (GPN) to appraise and develop key components required for general practice nursing. This will include the knowledge and skills of the GPN to be able to deliver autonomous, safe and effective person-centred care to a variety of service users across the lifespan, including nurse led clinics, anticipatory and preventative care, reflecting public health priorities and long-term conditions
Language of instruction: English This course is designed to be taken over one academic year, in part-time mode. The course will consist of three modules. Two 30 credit modules will be taught over semesters one and two. Additionally, the two taught modules will be complimented with a work-based learning module which will be undertaken across semester one and two. The first module in semester one, NUS597, will provide students with key principles and knowledge required in general practice nursing, with a focus on the context of general practice nursing, health promotion, women's and men's health, communication and decision making when caring for the person with a long-term condition. The second module in semester two, NUS598, will build on this and examine wider aspects of the general practice nurse, including interpersonal skills, interprofessional working, innovation and leadership when delivering person-centred care for those living with a longterm condition. During the course students will also engage in 12 days (72 hours) of work-based learning and this will be captured as part of a non-credit bearing module, NUS599. Students will complete a portfolio that demonstrates how they have met the competencies outlined within the Career Pathway for General Practice Nursing Roles (NIPEC 2019). Details of the modules (Level 6) and corresponding credit values are provided below: NUS597 Key Concepts of General Practice Nursing 30 credits C NUS598 Enhancing the Role of the General Practice Nurse 30 credits C NUS599 GP Nursing portfolio C C - Compulsory
2 semesters over 1 year - 1 week in university with alternate weeks in General Practice for work-based learning. There will be 12 university days and 12 practice based learning days over the academic year
Teaching, Learning and Assessment
Semester 1 -There will be a class test on week 6 (30%) on pathophysiology of diabetes/ chronic kidney disease and coronary heart disease.There will be an assignment (4000) words on a case study and reflection due on week 12
Semester 2 - There will be a presentation on a respiratory condition by week 8 (30%) and an assignment on innovative practice due on week 12 (70%)
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Attendance and Independent Study
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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 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 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.
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 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.
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 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.
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 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.
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High quality apartment living in Belfast city centre adjacent to the university campus.
The A Level requirement for this course is [Enter exact grades].nil - no A Level entry conditions
English Language Requirements
English language requirements for international applicants The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement for Tier 4 visa purposes.
Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.
Applicants must: (a) have gained a Certificate of Higher Education or an equivalent standard in an approved alternative qualification; [and] (b) provide evidence of competence in written and spoken English (GCSE grade C or equivalent); or as an alternative to (a) and/or (b): (c) provide evidence of their ability to undertake the programme through the accreditation of prior experiential learning. And (d) be a first level registered nurse working in a general practice setting.
This is a recognised course with competencies approved by the Northern Ireland Practice and Education Council (NIPEC) and will be a foundation for a career pathway as a General Practice Nurse
Work placement / study abroad
There must be a named practice based supervisor for the 12 practice based learning days. A portfolio will be completed during this time and must be passed in order to achieve the PGcert award
Fees and funding
The price of your overall programme will be determined by the number of credit points that you initiate in the relevant academic year.
For modules commenced in the academic year 2022/23, the following fees apply:
NB: A standard full-time undergraduate degree is equivalent to 120 credit points per year.
Additional mandatory costs
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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.