Newborn and infant examination (APL) (degree and masters level)

Key features

The purpose of this module is to enable practitioners who have already undertaken a theoretical course in relation to newborn/infant examination but may not have fulfilled the necessary practical aspects of the course, to complete their training and be able to submit an accreditation of prior learning (APL) claim to gain academic credits at degree or masters level.

The module consists of taught study days, clinical practice and self-directed learning. It will draw upon a range of learning strategies such as lectures, presentations, skills-based sessions, web-based learning, tutorials, group discussion, and classroom debate of issues in the contemporary literature and in clinical practice. The study days will take place at University, of Plymouth and lectures and tutorials will be delivered by University of Plymouth academic staff and by specialist clinical practitioners. Supervised practice, with designated mentor support, will be undertaken in appropriate clinical areas.

Please note that at masters level this module is title 'Advanced newborn and infant examination (APL)'.

Module code

HEAC393/APP720*

Credits

40/20

FHEQ level

Level 6 – bachelors degree 

Level 7 – masters degree

Location

Blended learning approach, with face-to-face delivery at Drake Circus campus, Plymouth

*This module was previously known as IMS547 at masters level

HEAC393 course details (degree level)

At the end of this module you will be able to:

  • apply comprehensive knowledge of the anatomy, physiology and pathology of the newborn/infant and its adaptation to extra-uterine life
  • demonstrate a logical and systematic reasoning in the clinical examination of the newborn/infant, communication of findings, and appropriate referral
  • critically analyse your role in relation to professional autonomy and accountability
  • appraise and evaluate the evidence base in relation to examination of the newborn/infant.

Assessment

There are two parts to the assessment for this module:

1. a reflective essay

2. a practice portfolio

(Please note that the assessment details are provisional – if you require further information please contact the module lead or the Professional Development Unit).

APP720 course details (masters level)

At the end of this module you will be able to:

  • demonstrate depth of knowledge of the complexities of anatomy, physiology and pathology of the newborn/infant and its adaptation to extra-uterine life
  • formulate solutions in the clinical examination of the newborn/infant
  • evaluate the autonomous role of the newborn/infant examiner
  • synthesise evidence and alternative approaches related to examination of the newborn within the professional and ethical context.

Assessment

There are two parts to the assessment for this module:

1. a written assignment

2. a practice portfolio.

(Please note that the assessment details are provisional – if you require further information please contact the module lead or the Professional Development Unit).

Module dates

The module dates are 12 February, and 4, 5 and 6 March 2019.

(Occasionally delivery dates might be subject to change – always check with the module lead or Professional Development Unit).

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.

What programmes can these modules count towards?

At degree level, this module can be studied as a standalone module or as an optional module towards some of our BSc (Hons) Professional Development pathways.

The masters-level module can be studied as a standalone module or as an optional module towards some of our MSc Advanced Professional Practice pathways.

For further information please contact the Professional Development Unit.   

Entry requirements

To be eligible for the module:

  • you will need to have access to relevant clinical experience, i.e. be able to undertake clinical examinations of the newborn/infant
  • you need to provide evidence of having undertaken a theoretical course in relation to newborn/infant examination
  • to study the module at masters level you must have previously studied to graduate level.

Examples of such courses include:

  • Newborn and Infant Physical Examination (NIPE) via UK screening portal
  • The Scottish Routine Examination of the Newborn Course (SRENC)
  • Examination of the Newborn course from The Royal College of Midwives i-learn.

Eligibility to undertake this module will be looked at on a case-by-case basis.

Module lead

The module lead for both modules is Rachel Stanyer.

Email: rachel.stanyer@plymouth.ac.uk

Funding and fees

Funding

These modules are commissioned by Health Education England (HEE) and you may, therefore, be eligible for funding through your employing trust.

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.

Fees 

For those who are self-funding, please see our professional development module fees page.

Further information

For further information regarding these modules, please contact:

Professional Development Unit

Level 4 Rolle Building, University of Plymouth, Drake Circus, Plymouth, PL4 8AA

Prospective student enquiries: pduadmissions@plymouth.ac.uk

Phone: +44 (0)1752 586951

Current student enquiries: pdu@plymouth.ac.uk

Phone: +44 (0)1752 586958