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HLTH6235 Advanced Neonatal Studies

Module Overview

This module will build on the theoretical foundation acquired from the pre-course basic science package and HLTH 6195 in order to prepare you to provide high quality neonatal care

Aims and Objectives

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 6195). 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 the 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 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

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

The theoretical principles of adult learning underpin the approach to the teaching and learning strategy 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. The module hours are divided as follows: Tutorial 20 Lecture 35 Seminar 20 Follow-up work 10 Wider reading or practice 10 Preparation for scheduled sessions 155 Total study time 250

Independent Study175
Total study time250

Resources & Reading list

Cochrane Neonatal Webinars.

Biology 2110-2120: Anatomy and Physiology with Doc C By Dr. Gerald Cizadlo.

Pediatric and neonatal mechanical ventilation from basics to clinical practice..

Neonatal Cardiology.

Marieb, E. and Hoehn,K (2018). Human Anatomy and Physiology [electronic resource]. 

Archives of Disease in Childhood Podcasts.

Sadler, T.W. (2015). Langman's Medical Embryology [electronic resource]. 



MethodPercentage contribution
Exam  (2 hours) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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