BNurs Mental Health Nursing / Course details

Year of entry: 2024

Course unit details:
Negotiated Study Semester 2

Course unit fact file
Unit code NURS23312
Credit rating 10
Unit level Level 2
Teaching period(s) Semester 2
Available as a free choice unit? No


This negotiated study unit offers a flexible mode of study at level 5 as part of the optional discovery menu. There are a considerable number of independent study hours allocated to this unit.  It is anticipated that students will only undertake this unit if there is no appropriate alternative unit available and running.

In consultation with an allocated supervisor, students will select a topic of interest and of relevance to their programme of study. They will review the literature in this area in order to develop a question that they will then address (in an agreed format) to be submitted for assessment.

The assignment must demonstrate the appropriate academic level, a coherent contribution to the student’s programme of study, must be relevant to the programme learning outcomes and to the amount of credit sought. 

The proposed assignment must not demand resources more than an equivalent taught module and the appropriate level of resources must be made available.


Students undertaking this unit will negotiate a topic of interest and propose an appropriate form of assessment with their supervisor, to be approved by the unit lead. The assessment may be in written, oral (a presentation for example) or multimedia format to reflect engagement and understanding with their chosen field of study. 

This unit aims to:

  • Offer a flexible mode of study to students with the confidence and skills to undertake independent study
  • Offer student the opportunity to pursue a topic of relevance to the overall programme that is outside of the normal module choice (e.g. a topic with a historical focus) whilst remaining aligned to the programme outcomes
  • Facilitate the student’s ability to co - develop (with their supervisor) an assignment that is relevant to the overall programme and that demonstrates level 5 knowledge and skills

Teaching and learning methods

This unit is part of a menu of options (Discovery Units) available to all students on this programme. It is important to note that the overall B.Nurs (2019) programme design ensures that students have the opportunity to meet the proficiencies aligned to the learning outcomes for this unit elsewhere in the programme. Therefore students who choose other available options will not miss out on the opportunity to achieve the programme learning outcomes that align to this unit. The intended learning outcomes for this unit have been developed to align directly to a number of NMC (2018) standards of proficiency in order to support student’s choice to further develop these proficiencies.  

The aim of this unit is to allow students to study a negotiated topic of interest. The broad unit learning outcomes reflect this, and the assessment is to be negotiated between the student, their supervisor and the unit lead to ensure it aligns. 

The aims and learning outcomes for this unit focus on the following central themes:

  • Identification and negotiation of a topic of interest that is of relevance to the overall programme (and present in the programme outcomes) but that is outside of the normal module choice (e.g. a topic with a historical focus) 
  • Academic pursuit of the identified topic, demonstrating development of the confidence and skills to undertake independent study.
  • Proposal, negotiation and completion of an assignment that demonstrates level 5 knowledge and skills 

The teaching and learning methods used include tutorials and seminars but with a substantial independent learning component

Knowledge and understanding

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of their chosen topic of study

Intellectual skills

  • Critically review the academic literature / professional material relating to their chosen topic of study

Practical skills

  • Produce work for assessment which reflects engagement with relevant literature and broader subject context
  • Demonstrate the academic and technical skills necessary to successfully produce work agreed for the assessment

Transferable skills and personal qualities

  • Demonstrate skills and aptitude to successfully undertake independent study

Assessment methods

Negotiable Assignment equivalent to 2,500 words

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 undergraduate 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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Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Seminars 2
Tutorials 4
Independent study hours
Independent study 104

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Susan Ramsdale Unit coordinator

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