Profiling Experiential Learning - 20 credits - Module

  • Level: CPD
  • Starting: October 2019
  • Study mode: Short Course (10 weeks)
  • Course cost: £680 per 20-credit module for UK/EU Short Course 2019 entry (view all fees)
  • Location: City South
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Reflection is an essential requirement of the revalidation process governed by the NMC for all nurses, and is an essential concept in supporting safe and emotionally intelligent practice for any healthcare practitioner.

What's covered in the course?

Reflection and reflective practice are not new concepts. The analysis of experience to enable learning, whether it be in the form of critical incident analysis, understanding our actions, or in terms of wishing to understand ourselves to heighten our levels of self-awareness has been of prominence for a number of years in areas such as education, social work and nursing. There is a wealth of literature written on this very matter. Not only literature on what reflection is, but the importance, and benefits of it as it relates to our practice. Reflection it has been determined is an important aspect of practice and the health care practitioner should embody what it is to be the effective reflective practitioner.

This course will enable you to develop your skills of reflection though reflective writing.

Why Choose Us?

  • Outstanding teaching
  • Excellent support for students
  • A flexible approach to learning

Credits

This course is worth...

20 credits

Fees

This course costs...

£680 per 20-credit module

This course is not open to International students

UK or EU students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
Module Oct 2019 SC 10 weeks £680 per 20-credit module

International Students

Sorry, this course is not available to international students.

If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form and equal opportunities PDF form instead. The University reserves the right to increase fees in line with inflation based on the Retail Prices Index or to reflect changes in Government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament up to a maximum of five per cent.

How to apply

Complete the online application form via the link above, including the name of the module you are enrolling onto. 

Entry requirements

This course is suitable for anyone working in the healthcare sector wishing to gain credits for prior learning through reflection, or on a modular based programme.

Level 6

Module Description
20 credits

In-line with the Professional Practice framework philosophy this module is a level 6 optional module, situated within a flexible pathway that aims to meet the specific academic needs of individual practitioners. A blended learning approach is taken in accord with the university’s learning and teaching strategy and the programme’s philosophy and aims. The module aims to provide you with the opportunity to critically reflect on and evaluate learning which has occurred through prior experience. The purpose of this module is to enable and support you to reflect in a written format in order to produce a piece of critical reflection that profiles’ learning that has previously occurred. This piece can be marked against the assessment criteria, giving you a mark that will contribute towards your degree classification, and recognition in the form of level 6 credits for prior experiential learning.

This module aligns with the Professional Practice Programme philosophy and is designed to be flexible and practice-led. You will have the opportunity to develop skills of enquiry, reflection and problem solving. A blended learning approach is taken (incorporating, introductory classroom sessions, one to one tutorials as per your needs and online support via Moodle) in line with the university’s learning and teaching strategy. You will be encouraged to think critically and share practice experiences with your fellow students, as well as engaging in both directed and self-directed learning activities. You will be an active partner in your own learning and development and in return you will receive regular feedback and feedforward aimed at developing your academic skills, and have the opportunity to discuss your progress with the module team.

Level 7

Module Description
20 credits

In-line with the Professional Practice framework philosophy this module is a level 7 optional module, situated within a flexible pathway that aims to meet the specific academic needs of individual practitioners. A blended learning approach is taken in accord with the university’s learning and teaching strategy and the programme’s philosophy and aims. The module aims to provide you with the opportunity to critically reflect on and evaluate learning which has occurred through prior experience.

This module aligns with the Professional Practice Programme philosophy and is designed to be flexible and practice-led. The purpose of this module is to enable and support you to reflect in a written format in order to produce a piece of critical reflection that profiles’ learning that has previously occurred. This piece can be marked against the assessment criteria, giving you a mark that will contribute towards your Masters, and recognition in the form of level 7 credits for prior experiential learning.

Course structure

This course is student centred and focused upon self-directed study. The emphasis is on the learning that has taken place from reflecting on previous practice, for example attending a non-credit bearing training day. You will submit a reflective piece of writing that analyses the learning that has taken place as a result of the experience. This method will allow you to develop not only your ability to articulate themselves on paper, but it will engender engagement with reflection, supporting development in the area of reflective practice.

This aligns with the Learning and Teaching Strategy as development of independent critical thinking is a key area of concern. Within the healthcare professions reflective practice is perceived as a tool supporting effective and safe practice by developing emotional intelligence within you, and is now a requirement for revalidation with the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

Attendance

  • Tutorials: 10 hours
  • Moodle activities including forum posts: 20 hours
  • Assessment preparation and writing: 75 hours

Self-directed study

  • Reading
  • Consolidation in Practice (may include Workplace Practice Based Assessment if being assessed via Portfolio)
  • Personal learning outcomes and Personal Development Plan (how you intend to achieve the learning outcomes)
  • Referencing and critical analysis skills
  • IT skills: 95 hours

Assessment

Students will be assessed using the mode of an essay which will be a critically analytical reflective piece that profiles prior learning.

Course dates

Please check the course dates to see when your chosen modules are available throughout the year.

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The creation of our new suite of courses in Sport and Life Sciences is yet another exciting development at Birmingham City University. The 10,500sq metre building at City South Campus will enable us to offer a wide range of new health, nutrition, biomedical science and sports courses, as well as providing a new home for our education programmes.

Not only are we investing £41 million in a new building to house the laboratories and teaching spaces needed, but we also plan to open up these facilities to benefit all students and the wider community. This will complement our existing sports facilities, which already provide a base for students to compete in activities ranging from rugby to jiu jitsu.

The courses will reflect the latest developments in our teaching and our focus on practice-led learning with work placements and live industry case studies incorporated into the curriculum. All courses have been co-designed with employers and are endorsed or accredited by professional bodies where appropriate.

By expanding our provision to these new areas, we will be helping to tackle some of the biggest challenges facing society today, such as obesity and unhealthy lifestyles, by encouraging and supporting healthy eating and greater physical activity.

In addition, we will be producing graduates who can support elite performers in meeting the UK’s ambitions for sporting success at events such as the Olympics and other world sporting tournaments. We are constantly looking to enhance the range of courses we offer - please check all our courses for the latest additions to our portfolio.

Simulation Mannequins

We have several Simulation men (SIM men) and Simulation babies (SIM babies) which are leading edge, anatomically correct mannequins used for teaching specific techniques such as advanced adult and paediatric life support skills, acute and high dependency clinical skills, first aid and communication skills.

Simulation Mannequins

SPACE skills practice model

S.P.A.C.E.

SPACE is an innovative practice area all students can access to use equipment and resources to practise a wide range of skills in a safe, welcoming and supportive environment. It provides students with a creative learning environment to get the best educational experience before becoming a health care professional.

S.P.A.C.E.

Learning Facilities

We offer up-to-date, innovative facilities that simulate the real situations that medical staff may come across. These resources are essential in offering students a hands-on introduction to health and social care practice.

Learning Facilities

Nursing - Facilities - Virtual Tour

Virtual Tour

Explore our facilities in 360 panoramas, including welcome videos from key members of staff and Health and Wellbeing student profiles.

Virtual Tour

Doug Ellis Sports Centre

Our £8.5 million Doug Ellis Sports Centre boasts an 80-station fitness suite, an eight-court sports hall, and workout and spinning studios. The centre offers state-of-the-art fitness training equipment and plenty of room for team sports including five-a-side football and cricket. An all-weather pitch adds the finishing touches to the centre.

Visitors to the gym can choose a personalised fitness programme, instructed by qualified fitness trainers, and take advantage of a selection of classes, such as yoga, salsa or body combat.

Doug Ellis Sports Centre website

Dr Nicola Clarke

Senior Lecturer / Professional Navigator / Academic Advisor / SEDA Accredited Doctoral Supervisor

Nicola is a registered mental health nurse who completed her degree with honours in Mental Health Nursing at Oxford Brookes University. She has an MSc in General Psychiatry which she completed at Keele Postgraduate Medical School. In 2013 Nicola was awarded her Educational Doctorate and has since become a Senior fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Nicola is an SEDA accredited doctoral supervisor and she is also a certified Reality Therapist and qualified beautician.

Nicola has been a senior lecturer since January 2003 and her role as a Senior Lecturer / Professional Navigator / Academic Advisor at Birmingham City University is varied and involves teaching topics such as reflection and reflective practice, mental health / substance misuse and academic skills. She also supports students out of the classroom environment particularly in the area of academic skill development, doctoral supervision and, in her role as professional navigator those students who are wanting to develop themselves personally and professionally within their academic continuing professional development profile.

Nicola's main passion and interest lies with reflection and reflective practice and helping our students to become the most effective reflective practitioner they can be. She has recently published a book in this area titled “The Student Nurses Guide to Successful reflection – ten Essential Ingredients”. 

Module Leader

If you have any queries about this course please contact the Module Leader, Patricia Davies on:

Professional Navigators

Our Professional Navigators, Adele Millington and Nicola Clarke, are also on hand to offer guidance and will help you to choose which modules are best for you, taking into account your aims, professional or clinical experience, KSF requirements and your academic achievements.

Call Adele and Nicola on +44 (0)121 331 6162.

Professional practice routes

Have a look at all of our Professional Practice Healthcare routes available.

Professional Practice Routes