MSc Advanced Leadership for Professional Practice (Nursing)
Year of entry: 2024
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Course unit details:
Advanced Decision Making in Professional Practice
|FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree
|Variable teaching patterns
|Available as a free choice unit?
The unit provides strategies to assist translating evidence from research into decision making for
professional practice. It will introduce you to a variety of theoretical approaches to the
study of decision making in health and social care, as well as encouraging you to focus on how to translate these into your practice.
- Develop students’ understanding of underpinning theories of decision making, including how decisions are made in health and social care settings and why decision making goes wrong
- Facilitate students to critically examine their decision making in a variety of situations
- Critically examine different strategies for introducing evidence from research explicitly into decision making
- Develop students’ understanding of how technology can be used to inform decision making
- Enhance knowledge and skills to include patients, service users and their families in the decision making process.
Knowledge and understanding
- Critically examine the main theoretical approaches to decision making and how they relate to health and social care practice
- Critically evaluate the nature of judgement and decisions, examining the potential for human error and bias
- Critically analyse the complexity and uncertainty associated with judgements and decisions in health and social care settings
- Evaluate strategies for including research evidence into judgements and decisions, including the application of Bayes theorem and decision analysis to decision situations
- Critically analyse how technology systems can be used to support decision making, and their problems and pitfalls
- Critically evaluate the role of patients, service users, their families and carers in the decision making process and explore strategies for enhancing shared decision making
- Explore and critically evaluate how decisions could be supported more effectively in health and social care settings
- Apply a variety of different approaches to decision making, depending on the context, to develop safe and effective health and social care practice
Transferable skills and personal qualities
- Evaluate own approaches to decision making, developing understanding and awareness of situations where errors could occur
- Systematically evaluate evidence and use it effectively to inform decision making and professional practice
- Use logical and systematic approaches to decision making, where appropriate
- Effectively use information technology/health informatics to support decision making
|Written assignment (inc essay)
Students will normally have the opportunity to receive feedback on formative work submitted prior to the summative assessment. Other feedback opportunities will also be available in class and online discussion boards. Online feedback is provided in Grademark. Provisional feedback based on internal marking will be made available prior to the Exam Board on the basis that these marks are yet to be ratified at the Exam Board and therefore may be subject to change. A standard feedback mechanism in Grademark is utilised across all postgraduate programmes within the School which provides detailed and constructive feedback on each component and aspect of assessment and identifies areas of strength and those aspects which could be enhanced.
Student feedback is obtained through open discussion forums on blackboard, in class discussions, via formal University unit evaluation forms and also qualitative, in house evaluations at the end of the unit.
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