MSc Advanced Leadership for Professional Practice (Nursing)

Year of entry: 2024

Course unit details:
Concepts of Ophthalmic Nursing L7

Course unit fact file
Unit code NURS63600
Credit rating 15
Unit level FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree
Teaching period(s) Variable teaching patterns
Available as a free choice unit? No


This course unit is aimed at  Registered Nurses who care for  patients with ophthalmic conditions in a range of ophthalmic settings.  Applicants should  hold a first degree in nursing or demonstrate the ability to study at level 7. This course unit Concepts on Ophthalmic Nursing complements the Nature of Ophthalmic Nursing. Both units are stand-alone but in completing  both course units students will to obtain a broader understanding of ophthalmic care.


The aim of the unit is for students to attain a conceptual understanding of ophthalmic nursing and ophthalmic patient centered care

Knowledge and understanding

  • Demonstrate a systematic knowledge of the bio psychosocial factors influencing ophthalmic nursing care and eye health promotion in adults and children.

  • Establish a critical analysis of the clinical manifestations and abnormal physiology underlying ophthalmic conditions

  • Use advanced knowledge and understanding of strategies to prevent/treat and/or manage patients with altered ophthalmic pathology in a range of care settings

  • Demonstrate a critical understanding of ophthalmic nursing in the context of ophthalmic multidisciplinary care

  • Establish a systematic critical analysis, evaluation and synthesis of evidence, guidelines and UK healthcare policy used to prevent, treat and/or manage patients with altered ophthalmic pathology

  • Demonstrate a systematic and critical understanding of advances in ophthalmic nursing practice

Intellectual skills

  • Demonstrate a systematic, critical analysis, evaluation and synthesis    of the evidence base underpinning ophthalmic care

  • Demonstrate autonomous learning to advance own knowledge and understanding in ophthalmic nursing

Transferable skills and personal qualities

  • Systematically communicate advanced evidence-based knowledge and understanding of ophthalmic patient care to a range of audiences including patients, carers and the multidisciplinary team.
  • Critically analyse and synthesise the evidence base underpinning the ophthalmic nursing care and management of people with ophthalmic conditions.
  • Systematically reflect on action to inform learning and to enhance ophthalmic patient care

Assessment methods


The assessment will equate to 3, 500 words of student effort.

Students will be asked to devise an e-poster relevant to one or more of the knowledge and understanding unit learning outcomes.Students will be encouraged to liaise with their own workplace to print
and display and share their learning with colleagues and /or to submit to a conference. Further detailed criteria for success and marking criteria will be provided in the unit handbook on Blackboard. Formative submissions and individual and group tutorials will offer academic support.



Feedback methods

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. 

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 49
Tutorials 2
Independent study hours
Independent study 99

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Penelope Stanford Unit coordinator

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