Course Information Undergraduate prospectus

Information Technology Skills for Health and Social Care

Course summary

Course code: COMP1258
Level: 5
Credits: 15
School: Education and Health
Department: Adult Nursing and Paramed. Sci
Course Coordinator(s): Julianne Morrison



This course aims to develop the student’s Information Technology skills and how they are utilised to manage health information.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course a student will be able to:

1 Discuss the nature of, and processes for managing information gathered within health and social care settings
2 Demonstrate a range of computer skills used for gathering, sharing, recording and presenting data for use within the practice environment
3 Examine the legal and ethical implications of electronic data storage and communications within a health and social care context.

Indicative content

Context of health informatics within the healthcare setting.
Nature of electronic data.
Legislation including The Data Protection Act, Freedom of Information Act, Access to Medical Records Act.
Communication approaches.
Word processing and spreadsheets.
Desktop management.
Confidentiality of information.
Social media.

Teaching and learning activity

Students will be given workbooks and activities which they will work through at their own pace. This will be supported by regular tutorial support in the computer lab.

Learning Time (1 credit = 10 hours)


1000 word Essay - 100% - An essay that examines the gathering, storage and utilisation of information collected within health care settings, taking account of the legal and ethical implications. Pass mark - 40%. L.O. 1,2,3.
Portfolio - pass/fail graded - A portfolio of evidence in both paper and electronic format that demonstrates the skills required to meet the learning outcomes. L.O. 1,2,3.

Students must pass both elements of assessment.