MSc Advanced Leadership for Professional Practice (Nursing)

Year of entry: 2024

Course unit details:
The Nature of Ophthalmic Nursing

Course unit fact file
Unit code NURS63650
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


To explore and develop student understanding of the nature of ophthalmic nursing across a person’s life continuum

Teaching and learning methods

Teacher Contact which include asynchronous lectures, direct and indirect group discussion. 
Group tutorials and personal tutorials as required.
Directed Study
Self Directed Study

Knowledge and understanding

  • Demonstrate a systematic knowledge and understanding of the anatomy and physiology of the eye and adnexa and a critical knowledge of the physiology of vision
  • Establish critical detailed knowledge to make a macro assessment of a patient’s anterior eye and adnexa
  • Critically establish key aspects of life experiences of the visually impaired person and a systematic knowledge of low visual aids
  • Establish a critical understanding of the physical, psychological, sociological and economic issues experienced by a person with visual impairment
  • Demonstrate a systematic critical analysis evaluation and synthesis of eye health
  • Demonstrate systematic knowledge of ophthalmic pharmacology

Intellectual skills

  • Critical analysis, evaluation, and synthesis of the evidence base underpinning ophthalmic patient care
  • Be an autonomous learner using advanced knowledge and understanding to direct self-learning

Transferable skills and personal qualities

  • Use reflection in action to inform complex decision-making skills in ophthalmic care
  • Clearly and systematically communicate knowledge and rationales to a range of audiences including, patients, their carers and the multidisciplinary team.

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Written assignment (inc essay) 100%

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. 

Recommended reading

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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