Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Postgraduate - Unit

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12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
OfferedNot offered in 2012
Coordinator(s)Dr Cheryle Moss


In this unit students will study a variety of philosophies that provide the methodological foundations for practice development. It will include analysis of the different approaches to practice development and evaluation of the effectiveness of practice development. The students will be assisted in the development of their understanding and application of practice development within the own workplace setting.


On completion of the unit the students are expected to:

  1. Analyse the concepts underpinning PD and their application to clinic practice.
  2. Discuss philosophical frameworks as methodological foundations for practice development.
  3. Define and differentiate between various approaches to practice development and associated activities.
  4. Critically evaluate the evidence regarding the effectiveness of practice development at individual, team, organizational and strategic levels and the influence on patient/client outcome.
  5. Explore the development of a culture of critical inquiry as a process and outcome of practice development.
  6. Critically analyse the processes involved in implementing a systematic approach to practice development.
  7. Analyse the influence of culture diversity on the implementation of practice development.


Written Theoretical Essay (60%, )
Written Applied Case Study (40%)

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Cheryle Moss