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NQCG3123 Work Based Learning

Module Overview

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

This module is designed to offer you a flexible and practice-related approach to learning; it will enable you to gain academic credit for knowledge and skills acquired and developed in your workplace. Through a negotiated learning contract and assignment method you will appraise a topic within your sphere of practice and evaluate your current practice in light of the findings. It will provide the opportunity for personal and professional development as part of a degree programme or as continuing professional development.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the biological nature of cancer, its development and progression
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the principles of and care required in cancer management: prevention, detection, treatment and survivorship
  • Analyse the impact of cancer and its management on an individual’s health and wellbeing, and on that of their family/people significant to them
  • Critically evaluate the adequacy of cancer services, locally and nationally, in relation to drivers such as service user agenda, policy and research
  • Evaluate the implications of your learning in relation to your practice

Syllabus

There is no taught content within the module as it is designed to offer practitioners an innovative and flexible approach to learning; one that is embedded in their practice. You are expected to: • Demonstrate skills of evidence-based practice, reflection and appraisal commensurate with the level at which you are studying. • Demonstrate knowledge of a topic commensurate with level 6 academic study. • Seek out and use feedback from colleagues and academic supporters proactively. • Take responsibility for identifying your own learning needs and seek help as required. This module can be undertaken by practitioners from any health or social care discipline.

Special Features

This module is designed to offer you a flexible and practice-related approach to learning; it will enable you to gain academic credit for knowledge and skills acquired and developed in your workplace. The development of a learning contract is a course completion requirement for this module. The learning contract will either be a set contract or an individual contract (see learning outcomes section).

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Induction You will be provided with online resources to enable you to understand the following: • The module philosophy and purpose. The module delivery is based on a philosophy of adult learning and you are required to: o Identify a practice mentor who will support you in the achievement of your learning outcomes o Create opportunities at work that will enable you to achieve your outcomes. o Manage your time and regulate your activities effectively so that you achieve your aim, learning outcomes and academic assignment. • The roles and responsibilities of students, the module lead, cohort leads, managers, mentors and academic advisors • The processes which support you when you are completing the module • Drafting of learning contract (or exploration of set contract) The following will be responsible for providing on-going support: The WBL Blackboard site is an online resource for a range of materials including videos, learning activities, exemplars and discussion with fellow students. An academic advisor will be allocated to assist development of your learning contract and provide appropriate academic support. The module leader can answer queries via email and will provide support with writing learning outcomes and achieving the academic level required. Your cohort leader (for those with set contracts) will be an important source of support, particularly with practice-based study opportunities. Your practice manager and/or mentor will be an important source of support within your practice.

TypeHours
Work based learning35
Wider reading or practice139
Completion of assessment task70
Project supervision6
Total study time250

Resources & Reading list

Aveyard H & Sharp P (2009). A beginner’s guide to evidence- based practice in health and social care. 

Holly C (2012). Comprehensive systematic review for advanced nursing practice. 

Aveyard H (2010). Doing a literature review in health and social care a practical guide. 

These books will support you with the tasks of critiquing the literature, the evidence-based practice approach and academic writing. All the books listed below are available as e-books via the University library. 

Kent B (2010). Clinical context for evidence-based nursing practice. 

Assessment

Assessment Strategy

Level 6 10 ECTS – the chosen assessment method(s) must be equivalent to 3000 words. The assessment method can comprise a mixture of assignments. The chosen method of assignment will usually be pre-determined for those on SET contracts. For those on INDIVIDUAL contracts the assignment method(s) can be decided by you but should be negotiated with your practice-based manager, your academic advisor and the module lead to ensure relevance and appropriateness. The chosen assignment method(s) should be clearly presented on the finalised learning contract. You can select ONE of the following options: A. Written assignment of 3000 words (100% of final mark) B. Oral presentation (maximum 30 minutes) and a written assignment of 1500 words (presentation 50%, written assignment 50%) C. A completed practice competency document (pass/fail) and a written assignment of 2500 words (written assignment 100% of final mark) All parts of the assignment must be passed with a minimum mark of 40% for graded assignments. Exam assessments are NOT permitted. Feedback method for each option: A. The marker will provide written feedback to explain what you have achieved and how your work could be improved. B. On the day of the presentation you will be informed whether your presentation has achieved a pass or fail. A level 6 marking grid for presentations will be used. When your written assignment is marked you will be provided with written feedback to explain what you have achieved and how your work could be improved. You will also receive written feedback on your presentation. C. The practice component will be marked in practice and you will be informed as to whether this is a pass or fail. When your written assignment is marked you will be provided with written feedback to explain what you have achieved and how your work could be improved.

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework 100%
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