LE4002 - Applied Life and Social Sciences, Planning and Evaluating Care

What will I learn on this module?

Nurses in all fields require an in-depth knowledge of anatomy, physiology and physical and mental health problems across the age spectrum. These are considered an essential basis for safe and effective practice. This module will enable you to apply biosciences to understand the determinants of health- social, psychological, behavioural, environmental and genetic factors and how they impact on health at a physical and psychological level. You will develop an understanding of the functioning of the body at different levels (cell, tissue, organ, system) and how this knowledge will assist you in delivering safe, holistic, compassionate nursing care.
This module builds on the knowledge gained in Semester 1 (Module LE4002, Introduction to evidence based practice in health and ill health). Nurses in all fields need to consider the importance of holistic assessment, including risk assessment.

In this module, you are offered opportunities to learn about supporting people with a learning disability and how to apply this knowledge to offer high quality and safe care to service users and their families. You will study the following;

• You will learn specifically about physical systems of the body and how this may effect someone with a learning disability within your practice.
• You will consider the psychological aspects of traumatic life events.
• You will consider the effects of certain syndromes on people with a learning disability and their families.
• Critical appraisal of contemporary evidence.

Topics you will cover include:

• Anatomy and physiology
• Good Physical and Mental Health
• Deterioration in physical and mental health
• An understanding of how drugs and medicines interact within living systems
• Holistic Assessment, planning, delivering and evaluating care.
• Introduction to consent and legal frameworks within learning disability services
• Introduction to Functional Analysis of Care Environments (FACE) risk assessment and narrative risk assessment
• Diabetes
• The role of the hospital liaison nurse

You will explore the experiences of people with a learning disability and their families or carers through meeting ‘Experts by Experience’ and practitioners specialising in learning disability. This module offers an opportunity to discover and develop your professional value set and your nursing skills regarding supporting people with a learning disability to stay healthy and safe.

How will I learn on this module?

You will be engaged in a variety of learning and teaching approaches throughout this module. It will be delivered using Online Support Learning (OSL) resources and face-to-face class sessions unpinned by the flipped classroom approach (Bergmann & Sams, 2012). This will enable you to engage with web based resources and other useful materials such as interactive e learning packages which are accessible through panopto. Delivering materials in this way enables you to engage in both directed and self-directed study outside of formal teaching sessions and prepare for facilitated sessions at university. Engagement is essential for active participation in facilitated classroom sessions. The classroom sessions will include individual work, group discussions and debate where you will be encouraged to share learning, consider competing perspectives, and begin to develop a deeper understanding of applied life and social sciences, planning, and evaluating care. You will also be engaged in enquiry-based learning and guided engagement in exploring personal narratives to examine the assumptions and values related to caring experiences.

Bergmann, J. and Sams, A. (2012) Flip your Classroom. Reach Every Student in Every Class Every Day. International Society for Technology in Education. Pp. 120-190.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

You will be supported by a module team of learning disability nursing lecturers with specialist knowledge of the concepts and perspectives considered within the module. You will receive ongoing guidance and feedback to support you to engage with the academic rigour of the module.

You will obtain support from face to face dialogue with academic staff during seminars and workshops; they all have professional clinical backgrounds. You will utilise peer support during the directed and independent parts of the module. You will be allocated an Academic Supervisor to support the development of your practice based project proposal. You will have access to Northumbria University’s electronic and physical support services. These resources are aimed at improving your critical thinking, reading, writing and clinical practice; as well as helping you maintain your own wellbeing.

More specifically support will come from the following places: Your membership of Northumbria University’s Library. This is an excellent library offering a range of print and digital resources and support 24/7. Through the Library, you will have access to Skills Plus, a bespoke repository of learning materials focussing on digital delivery of study skills. Your enrolment on our electronic learning platform (Blackboard Ultra) will enable you to find online supported learning such as pre-recorded lecture videos. There will also be available to you; virtual reality based anatomy and physiology programmes, interactive e-learning packages (e.g. using storyboard technology) and automated links between the module reading list and library catalogue. Blackboard Ultra also hosts plagiarism detection software to ensure you develop high standards of academic conduct when producing written work. Wherever possible the module team will encourage electronic submission, marking and feedback of your assignment –this process is managed via the eLearning platform. You will be able to utilise Ask4Help, a service providing individualised support with queries you may have with the module, the programme and day-to day life as an undergraduate. You can access this in person, via the phone or online using the University’s Student Portal. You will have access to phone and online IT support. You can also get support from the Module Co-ordinator and/or your Programme Leader if required. When commencing this module you will be given access to staff addresses and most effective way to contact them.

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: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:

1. Develop an understanding of applied anatomy, physiology, psychosocial principles and pharmacology (practice/skills module) within the concept of health and illness.

2. Understand and utilise fundamental concepts and principles underpinning professional, safe, effective, caring, responsive and well led, person centred holistic care.

Intellectual / Professional Skills & Abilities:

3. You will be able to integrate your knowledge of anatomy physiology and pharmacology to inform the process of decision-making, assessment and management of people across the age spectrum.
4. Understand and apply a person centred approach to nursing care, demonstrating shared assessment, planning, decision making and goal setting when working with people, their families, communities and populations of all ages.

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

5. You will develop and reinforce the characteristics of a student nurse governed by the NMC Code (2018) as you consider the values and ethical practice that underpins learning disability nursing. This will include working collaboratively with other disciplines, individuals within services and their significant others.

How will I be assessed?

Formative Assessment:

The formative assessment will be in the form of a group presentation on researched cases from nursing journals relating to physical health deterioration.
MLO’s – 1,2,4 & 5.

Summative Assessment:
Your assessment will be a two hour examination. The final assessment will bring together your new knowledge, skills and attributes gained during the module. This will be a short answer examination with four questions on a given scenario and you will answer two of these questions.

The exam will be taken and invigilated on campus face to face

Exam results will be available electronically via blackboard and the exam paper

Feedback will be provided via tutorials and written assessment reports. These will be guided by the grade matrix and moderated. In addition, tutors will respond to questions via the module’s discussion board on the eLearning portal so that the whole group can benefit.

MLO’s 1,2,3,4,5.




NS0423 Becoming a Safe Caring Professional in Learning Disability Nursing.

Module abstract

This module links and follows on from previous learning disability modules such as LE4001 Introduction to Evidence Based Practice in Health and Ill Health Learning Disability Nursing. Working with service users with complex care needs is an integral and essential component of the Registered Learning Disability Nurses’ skill set. This module offers a synthesis of theory and practice to better understand the necessary skill set associated with working with those with complex care needs. The module will enable you to understand the process of assessment and formulation; it will also strengthen your practice theory link and enable you to articulate your knowledge and skills in order to carry forward into your future nursing career. This develops competence and experience to develop in the safe environment of the University, but also allows the student to take these new skills out into practice placements to develop further with confidence. The assessment on this module will provide feedback to enable you to improve learning and understanding.

Course info

UCAS Code B741

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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