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HLTH6109 Advanced Neonatal Studies

Module Overview

This module will enable you to build on and further develop the theoretical foundation acquired from the pre-course basic science package and HLTH 6113 in order to prepare you to provide high quality neonatal care

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

• refine and develop the skills and knowledge of experienced practitioners to enable them to provide an advanced level of neonatal care, including intensive care, which is underpinned by appropriate biomedical knowledge, applied pathophysiology and an informed evidence base • equip practitioners with the knowledge, insight and skills to assess and critically evaluate the total care of a spectrum of neonatal conditions • prepare practitioners who are fit for practice and will be able to take a leading role in the initiation and management of the care of very sick neonates and their families.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • integrate your clinical experience with knowledge of the pathophysiology, aetiology, presentation and management of neonatal medical /surgical conditions, incorporating an in-depth underpinning of biomedical sciences
  • demonstrate innovative and creative approaches towards problem solving and case management by drawing upon a sound theoretical knowledge
  • further develop your analytical skills in order to provide neonatal care based on the best available evidence
  • critically apply your diagnostic reasoning, interpretative and problem solving skills to the initiation and subsequent management and care of your patient
  • articulate and justify a coherent and comprehensive understanding of management strategies for a range of clinical situations and differential diagnoses


This syllabus will continue to build upon the knowledge and experience you have acquired from the formative basic science package and the neonatal module Assessment and Examination of the Newborn (HLTH 6113). The core themes of normal neonatal physiology and pathophysiology are revisited, reflected upon and then contextualised within neonatal intensive care. Reflection on prior experience will also enable you to apply your new knowledge at a deeper level. The syllabus is underpinned and informed by current evidence relating to neonatal care of the sick neonate and this will enable you to further develop, broaden and refine the depth of knowledge of more complex neonatal conditions. The core content will include and will be applied to the small sick neonate: • Applied embryology, anatomy and pathophysiology of each body system • Applied pathology including microbiology, immunology and inflammatory processes • Applied clinical biochemistry • Assessment of the physical and clinical status of a sick neonate (including but not limited to circulation, renal function, fluid and nutritional requirements) • Medical and surgical disorders in the neonate, their diagnosis and management. • Neonatal follow-up • Neurological sequelae of neonatal care

Special Features

This module provides you with the unique opportunity to be taught by, and discuss clinical issues with, senior medical colleagues who are actively involved in cutting edge neonatal practice and research. There are lecturers from a wide range of specialties including cardiology, genetics, chemical pathology, endocrinology and the Faculty of Medicine involved in teaching on the module. Ongoing evaluation from students, qualified ANNPs, stakeholders and lecturers enable the module team constantly to reflect on and review the syllabus to ensure it is fit for purpose and applicable. Whilst undertaking this module you will have access to the authors of the neonatal textbook “A Foundation for Neonatal Care – A Multidisciplinary Guide” (Hall 2008) and many key neonatal researchers and specialists.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

The theoretical principles of adult learning underpin the approach to the teaching and learning and you will need to engage in self directed learning. You will be expected to be proactive in ensuring your knowledge from previous modules is current and at an appropriate level this will enable you to take the opportunity to broaden, deepen and contextualise your learning. A variety of learning and teaching methods will be used including: • lectures- specialist subject lecturers and key researchers within neonatology will enable you to acquire a breadth and depth of appropriate clinically knowledge and experience • small group tutorials • online resources for example, recommended key physiology podcasts • clinical group discussions facilitated by experienced neonatal practitioners • problem-based case scenarios where you will have the opportunity to discuss and explore cases both within groups and individually. These sessions will provide the opportunity for you to demonstrate your integration of knowledge, understanding and clinical experience.

Wider reading or practice10
Preparation for scheduled sessions93
Follow-up work33
Total study time250

Resources & Reading list

Goldsmith JP and Karotkin EH (eds) (2010). Assisted ventilation of the neonate. 

Donn, S. & Sinha, S.K. (2012). Manual of Neonatal Respiratory Care. 

Marieb, E. and Hoehn,K (2012). Human Anatomy and Physiology. 

Rennie, M.J. Ed (2012). Roberton’s Textbook of Neonatology. 

Cloherty JP et al (2011). A manual of neonatal care. 

Gomella, T.L. (2013). Neonatology management, procedures, on-call problems, disease drugs. 

Hall M., Noble A., Smith S., (2009). A Foundation for Neonatal Care: a Multidisciplinary Guide. 

Lissauer, T. (2015). Neonatology at a glance. 

Volpe J J (2008). Neurology of the Newborn. 



MethodPercentage contribution
Exam  ( hours) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Exam  ( hours) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: External


Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

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