Learning and Teaching in Practice (Level 6)

Module summary

Module code: NURS1427
Level: 6
Credits: 15
School: Education, Health and Human Sci
Department: Health Sciences
Module Coordinator(s): Nadine Powell / Wendy Ainsworth / Gina Finnerty



• Explore the role of the nurse and midwife in facilitating learning, teaching and assessment in practice.
• Consider their future role and responsibilities in supporting learning, teaching and assessment in practice.

Learning outcomes

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

1 Discuss the theories underpinning learning, teaching and assessment in practice and begin to apply this by assuming, under supervision, the role of a mentor
2 Reflect on the relationship between ‘self’ as a learner and describe the characteristics of an effective teacher/mentor.
3 Consider your future role and responsibilities as a registrant, identifying your potential personal and professional development needs as a preceptee.

Indicative content


Positive approach to teaching and learning for themselves and others
The impact of behaviour on the key learner /teacher relationship


Facilitation of learning
Learning experiences & opportunities
Assessment and feedback
Learning and teaching styles
Learning theories
Effective learning environments
Evaluation of the learning environment
Learning through reflection
Policy and guidelines for teaching and learning
Role modeling
Social learning/ Learning communities


Communication/presentation skills
Reflection & self assessment skills

Teaching and learning activity

Keynote lectures will be delivered across both undergraduate and postgraduate student groups. Undergradu-ate students will be allocated to seminar groups which will enable students to consider in smaller groups their future roles as facilitators of learning. These groups will be formed from across midwifery and all fields of nurs-ing
• Interactive lectures,
• Discussions
• Group-work
• Student led presentation
• The VLE (Moodle) will be used as a platform for on-line activities, guided and independent reading to facilitate the development of evidence based knowledge.
• Learning in Practice will involve the student in applying their knowledge and skills to care within their placement settings.


Critical Incident Analysis - 100% weighting, 40% pass mark.
2500 words.
A critical incident analysis of a specific teaching OR a specific learning event experienced by the student in the practice setting. This will include analysis of learning theories as applied to the event and formulation of an action plan for own future development as a registrant.

Formative Assessment - Small group discussion.