Practice Development 2017-18This course also available for 2016-17 entryThis course also available for 2018-19 entry
About the course
This specialist skills and post registration development short course may be of interest to those health or social care professionals who want to engage in practice development. This could include undertaking a service improvement or redesign within your area of practice.
• Formulate, negotiate and undertake an assignment which will enhance or develop a specified range of practice knowledge and abilities.
• Present evidence of learning for academic review.
• Reflect on the process of practice development.
In negotiation with the course leader, you will develop a detailed learning contract that will identify the learning outcomes you will acquire by the end of the course. For the purpose of this course, practice development comprises of learning which has developed your practice/service area.
12 weeks, part-time
30 Master's level credits
• Be a health or social care professional.
• Have an Honours degree or provide evidence of previous successful study at Honours level.
For applicants whose first language or language of instruction is not English you will need to meet the minimum requirements of an English Language qualification. The minimum of IELTS 6.5 overall with no element lower than 6.0, will be considered acceptable, or equivalent.
We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.
We review all optional modules each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let students know in good time the options available for them to choose for the following year.
We will only change core modules for a course if it is necessary for us to do so, for example to maintain course accreditation. We will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before you begin the relevant academic year.
Sometimes we have to make changes to other aspects of a course or how it is delivered. We only make these changes if they are for reasons outside of our control, or where they are for our students’ benefit. Again, we will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before the relevant academic year. Our regulations set out our procedure which we will follow when we need to make any such changes.
When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.
The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.
This short course may assist you to meet the specialist skills and post- registration development requirements stipulated by your employer/professional regulator and assist you in developing and undertaking service improvements.
Teaching and assessment
You will be taught through a series of lectures, seminars and independent guided study, which will be supported by the University's virtual learning environment.
Assessment will include the submission of a portfolio.
Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.
Feedback (usually written) is normally provided on all coursework submissions within three term time weeks – unless the submission was made towards the end of the session in which case feedback would be available on request after the formal publication of results.
Feedback on exam performance/final coursework is available on request after the publication of results.
Huddersfield is the only University where 100% of the teaching staff are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.*
∗permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching.
How much will it cost me?
Please contact the Student Finance Office for more information about 2017/18 fees and finance.
You may be eligible for funding from Health Education Yorkshire and the Humber. Detailed guidance on such funding arrangements is available in their funding guide. For further information please contact the SSPRD Admissions Team.
The University of Huddersfield operates an attendance monitoring system. Further details can be found in the Attendance Monitoring Policy.
How to apply
We hope you're interested in what you've seen. If you would like to apply to join us, please complete the part-time online application form and refer to the guidance notes provided.
Please note, the closing date is 31 July 2017.
We look forward to hearing from you!
Research plays an important role in informing all our teaching and learning activities. Through research our staff remain up-to-date with the latest developments in their field, which means you develop knowledge and skills that are current and highly relevant to industry. For more information, see the Research section of our website.
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