CN0407 - Introduction to Children and Young People's Health and Illness

What will I learn on this module?

This module prepares and supports your transition to both university and placement. This module introduces you to both the well and sick child and prepares you to work with children, young people and families in both community and hospital settings. This module develops your understanding and knowledge of public health and the prevention of ill health in children and young people. It provides you with evidence to underpin the growth and development of children and young people. The module explores the overarching concept of safeguarding children and young people, alongside the concept of childhood. You are introduced to the family centred care philosophy in nursing and you will have the opportunity to apply this to your practice.

You will learn academic study skills and have the opportunity to develop your academic writing style in this module. This is your first step in becoming a lifelong learner within Children and Young People’s Nursing.

How will I learn on this module?

Lecturers from the Children’s Nursing Teaching Team will support your learning in this module and this will include use of Blackboard Ultra There will be lectures introducing key concepts, supported with interactive resources via the University library, e-learning tools and electronic teaching material including e-lectures . You will also have the opportunity to develop your knowledge and understanding in seminars. Seminars are a feature of how you learn; the focus being enquiry-based student learning. These sessions will include individual work, group discussion and debate. You will be encouraged to consider competing perspectives, share opinions and begin to develop an understanding of the complexity of children and young people’s health.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Reading is vital for your professional development. Reading will provide you with information to enhance the evidence base for clinical practice. Reading is also necessary for you to appraise the merits of a variety of writing styles; adopting the strongest and best of the characteristics in your own work to demonstrate progression in your scholarship.

As a student, you are encouraged to access individual academic support via a tutorial with your allocated supervisor. Academic support aims to engage you and your marker in constructive discussion regarding the chosen area of practice and relate this to the assessment criteria. The use of peer support is a vital component of critical discussion and generating ideas, this is utilised during this module.

There are useful study skills guides via the Northumbria University Library. See the Developing your learning skills link: "Developing your Learning Skills" NU Lib Guides

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at:
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team –

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:

1. demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the concepts of childhood, principles underpinning children’s nursing and the value of service user, parent/carer involvement.

2. develop knowledge and understanding of health promotion and the value of family centred care.

Intellectual / Professional Skills & Abilities:

3. enhance skills in academic writing.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):

4. value curiosity and critical thinking.

5. understand an appreciation of the concept of family centred care and working in collaboration with service users and their families.

How will I be assessed?

Formative Assessment:
Formative assessment will be a 500-word essay focusing on child health and collaborative working. The module team will provide written feedback with an expectation that this will inform the summative assessment. Submission and feedback will be via Turnitin. (MLO, 3)

Summative Assessment:
The summative assessment for this module is a 2000 word essay discussing the importance of health promotion in children and young people’s nursing. Submission and feedback will be via Turnitin. (MLO 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5)





Module abstract

This module will prepare and support your transition to both University and the clinical environment. You will develop an understanding of research-rich learning, the research process and its application to current Children and Young People’s nursing practice. This is the start of your children’s nursing journey, developing as a professional and establishing lifelong learning attributes. You will be exploring key themes including growth and development, child protection, health promotion and family centred care. Teaching will be underpinned by contemporary evidence based theory, delivered through online supported e-learning packages, interactive resources via University library, e-learning tools and electronic teaching material including e-lectures. You will also experience face to face, classroom activity led by children’s nursing lecturers.

Following formative feedback on your essay, your individual learning needs will be addressed. Reflection on progress is encouraged and your knowledge and academic writing skills will then be summatively assessed. Knowledge and skills gained from this module and subsequent placements will equip you for further academic study and future employability in the health care setting.

Course info

UCAS Code B701

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years Full Time

Department Nursing, Midwifery & Health

Location Coach Lane Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2024 or September 2025

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