This 40 credit masters level module will enable you to manage a practice development project within your workplace, with the support of your project supervisor.
The substantive project enables the student to demonstrate their ability to manage practice development. The project provides an opportunity to apply knowledge and understanding of methodology and methods to develop an area of practice, evaluating the impact or potential impact upon the practice area. Students may undertake this project in their actual workplace, or the workplace may be a defined sphere of practice.
Level 7 - masters degree
Blended learning approach with face to face delivery in Plymouth
On successful completion of this module you will be able to:
- critically discuss and evaluate current research evidence and related policy/guidelines to create a shared vision of practice development for an identifiable goal in your workplace
- create and implement a practice development plan that is context specific with identifiable aims and objectives. Select and justify use of methodology and methods to measure and evaluate the practice development process at each stage
- demonstrate evidence based outcomes from your practice development activity and critically discuss the impact and potential impact of your work for the practice area and person-centred care
- use a reflexive approach to critically explore your role as a practitioner within the practice development process. Share your work and engage in critical discussion with fellow practice colleagues and students
- present a logical and clearly written practice development report.
The assessment for this module is a practice development project.
(Please note that these assessment details are provisional - if you require further information please contact the module lead or the Professional Development Unit).
13 September, 5, 11 October, 2, 30 November, 6 December 2022 and 18 January 2023.
**For those on Apprenticeships only**
15 November, 7, 14 December 2022, 11 January, 8, 14 February and 22 March 2023.
**For students on all other programmes**
The university is following government guidelines on COVID 19 and there is a possibility that some modules may require online delivery. We will keep you informed of any decisions regarding this.
Please be aware that all modules run to minimum numbers. In the event that there are low numbers, this module may be rescheduled to an alternative date. Some modules are also subject to maximum numbers - for further information please contact the Professional Development Unit.
This module can be studied as a standalone module or as a core module towards the following programmes:
MSc Advanced Critical Care Practitioner*
MSc Advanced Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
MSc Advanced Professional Practice (Clinical Practitioner)
MSc Advanced Professional Practice (Community and Primary Care Practitioner)
MSc Advanced Professional Practice (Mental Health Practitioner)
MSc Advanced Professional Practice (Nursing and Midwifery Professions)
MSc Surgical Care Practitioner (all pathways)*
*Please note that you must have completed the corresponding PgDip award to enrol on these programmes.
- application forms
- change of name forms
- pre-course information
- downloadable guides
- student card.
To be considered for a place on the module you must:
- be a registered practitioner working in an area of practice that will allow you to meet the module outcomes
- for MSc Advanced Neonatal Nurse Practitioner and all MSc Advanced Professional Practice programmes in the School of Nursing and Midwifery - have completed 140 credits in modules linked to your chosen programme, including the relevant core modules
- for MSc Advanced Critical Care Practitioner and MSc Surgical Care Practitioner (all pathways) - you must have completed the corresponding PgDip programme and core module APP703.
Each student will be considered and advised individually (where required) by the programme team and Professional Development Unit. Please contact the PDU or programme lead if you have any queries regarding your situation.
Fees and funding
Please see our professional development module fees page.
Funding for this module may be available through your employing trust. To apply please contact your Trust’s Educational Co-ordinator who will guide you through the application process.
If you work in the private, independent and voluntary sector, please contact your employer who will advise you.
The module lead is Tim Ayers.