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1 PROGRAMME SPECIFICATION COURSE TITLE: PGDip/MSc in Health Promotion and Public Health (MULTIDISCIPLINARY PRACTICE MODE) PLEASE NOTE: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the course and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if he or she takes full advantage of the learning opportunities provided. More detailed information on the specific learning outcomes, content and the learning, teaching and assessment methods of each module can be found at: 1 AWARD INSTITUTION/BODY: UNIVERSITY OF ULSTER 2 TEACHING INSTITUTION/BODY: UNIVERSITY OF ULSTER 3 LOCATION: JORDANSTOWN 4 ACCREDITED BY: 5 FINAL AWARD: PGDip/MSc HEALTH PROMOTION AND PUBLIC HEALTH (PGCert exit award) 6 MODE OF ATTENDANCE: FULL-TIME/PART-TIME MULTIDISCIPLINARY PRACTICE MODE 7 SPECIALISMS: MULTIDISCIPLINARY PRACTICE MODE 8 COURSE/UCAS CODE: PGDIP FULL-TIME 2984 PGDIP PART-TIME 2462 MSc FULL-TIME 2985 MSc PART-TIME DATE WRITTEN/REVISED: SEPTEMBER

2 10 EDUCATIONAL AIMS OF THE COURSE A student who successfully achieves the Postgraduate Certificate will be able to: Critically evaluate the dynamic shifts in the discourses of health, health promotion and public health. A student who successfully achieves the Postgraduate Diploma will, additionally, be able to: Critically assess the implications of the discourses in health promotion and public health issues for the public, the practice of professionals and the future for relevant policy development at local, regional, national and global levels. Demonstrate the knowledge and critical perspectives necessary for key roles in leadership and management in health promotion and public health. Develop a critical, evidence-based perspective to their practice, based on an eclectic research base, which recognises the unique requirements of health promotion and public health which clearly differentiate them from evidence-based medicine. Adopt a multidisciplinary approach to the evaluation of contemporary health promotion and public health issues. A student who successfully achieves the Master of Science Degree will, additionally, be able to: Demonstrate an understanding of the scientific methodological rigour and the ability to undertake and present a supervised independent research project in a contemporary area of health promotion or public health. 11 MAIN LEARNING OUTCOMES The following reference points were used to inform the development of the programme and its learning outcomes: The University s Vision and core strategic aims, teaching and learning strategy and policies; Current research or other advanced scholarship carried out by academic staff; Requirements of professional, statutory or regulatory bodies (Public Health Skills and Career Framework; CompHP Pan European Framework for Health Promotion; National Occupational Standards for Public Health; UK Voluntary Register for Public Health Specialists; Faculty of Public Health; ); 2

3 National and University qualifications and credit frameworks =utf&utf=http://www.ulster.ac.uk/academicoffice/assuringacademicstandards.ht ml Of particular note within this programme all modules are level 7. The Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma and Master s awards comprise 60, 120 and 180 credit points respectively. The course provides opportunities for students to achieve and demonstrate the following learning. 11K KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING OF SUBJECT Successful students will be able to: K1 K2 K3 K4 K5 K6 Discuss key issues in health, health promotion and public health discourses. Discuss planning frameworks, implementation and evaluation strategies. Describe relevant research paradigms, methodologies, techniques and the research environment. Comprehend the nature and significance of current, relevant policy initiatives at local, regional, national and global levels. Discuss key concepts in epidemiology and other forms of evidence for the promotion of the health of selected populations. Describe key concepts in leadership and management showing insight into those that are personally useful in the fields of health promotion and public health. For the MSc award: K7 Demonstrate a mastery and a comprehensive understanding of theory and techniques relevant to their own research project. Relationship of learning outcomes to award levels: PGCert: the minimum outcome expected of a student exiting at this level is K1 and K4. PGDip: K1-K6. MSc: all learning outcomes are applicable. 3

4 Teaching and Learning Methods: Lectures for all modules will be delivered in conventional face-to-face mode, with some modules being enhanced with material available on WebCT or CD. Classroom-based workshops will encompass didactic teaching and participatory group work which may involve a range of strategies which will include problem solving, opinion forming, debate and generation of new ideas and approaches. Independent reading and literature research will be a vital and indispensable element of learning as students will need to read into their areas of specific interest to enable them to apply the concepts and principles delivered in the teaching environment. Assessment Methods: All assessment will be by coursework, recognising the unique needs of mature learners. The assessment schedule will be designed to permit the student to apply the concepts and principles delivered in the teaching environment to their area/s of special interest. Assessment methods will include essays, role audits, planning exercises, critical literature review, portfolios, critical appraisal of epidemiologic data and paper critiques, preparation and delivery of seminars, other presentations which will best facilitate shared learning and dissertations/manuscript preparation. Students will be provided with detailed written feedback on their assessments. 11I INTELLECTUAL QUALITIES Successful students will be able to: I1 I2 I3 I4 I5 Apply a critical, in-depth understanding of key issues in the health, health promotion and public health discourses to a range of challenges and problems encountered when seeking to promote the health of the public. Apply an in-depth knowledge and understanding of planning frameworks, implementation and evaluation strategies which will enable a critical evaluation to be made of planning and implementation strategies for a range of population health issues. Apply an in-depth knowledge and understanding of relevant research paradigms, methodologies, techniques and the research environment to decisions relating to the conduct of personal research efforts and commissioning of research which will be based on critical analysis. Critically evaluate and reflect systematically on current policy initiatives at local, regional, national and global levels in order to assess the contribution of policy to the health of defined populations. Provide reasoned balanced arguments in assessing the opportunities for applying knowledge of leadership and management issues to health promoting initiatives in the relevant sectors. 4

5 I6 Acquire, synthesise and critically analyse epidemiologic information and other forms of evidence to assess the evidence base for contemporary health promotion and public health issues. For the MSc award: I7 Display mastery in the independent planning, conduct and reporting of a health promotion or public health research project. Relationship of learning outcomes to award levels: PGCert: the minimum outcome expected of a student exiting at this level is I1 and I4. PGDip: I1-I6. MSc: all learning outcomes are applicable. Teaching and Learning Methods: Lectures, group work and directed reading will be provided as detailed under 11K. Building on this material, the above set of learning outcomes will be fostered primarily through contributing to discussions, engaging in debate, and the preparation and presentation of assignments and seminars for which assessment criteria and guidance are provided in module outlines. Written and/or verbal feedback will be provided to help define and correct problems and identify and confirm good practice. Assessment Methods: Assessment of these outcomes will take place primarily through coursework assignments such as essays, practical reports, portfolios, literature reviews, seminars, and dissertations/manuscript preparation. 11P PROFESSIONAL/PRACTICAL SKILLS Successful students will be able to: P1 P2 P3 Apply an in-depth knowledge of planning frameworks, implementation and evaluation strategies to the development of plans for selected population health initiatives. Critically assess the appropriateness of research methodologies to address specific research questions/hypotheses. Apply their in-depth knowledge of health, health promotion and public health, together with their reflective skills, to enable change and empower individuals, groups and communities to address the determinants of their health. 5

6 P4 Competently use epidemiological data and methods to assess the evidence base to inform the planning and implementation of initiatives which will promote the health of individuals and defined populations. For the MSc award: P5 Source, critically review and use research material to plan and execute a significant programme of research and enquiry. Relationship of learning outcomes to award levels: PGCert: the minimum outcome expected of a student exiting at this level is P3 PGDip: P1-P4. MSc: all learning outcomes are applicable. Teaching and Learning Methods: These skills will principally be developed through coursework assignments and seminars. In most instances, related concepts will be introduced first via the lecture material. Assessment Methods These outcomes will be assessed through coursework assessment which includes essays, portfolios, reflective diaries and group seminar presentations and through dissertation/manuscript preparation. 11T TRANSFERABLE SKILLS Successful students will be able to: T1 T2. T3 T4 T5 T6 T7 Locate, synthesise and critically appraise relevant literature and data. Prepare and deliver a seminar presentation which will include participatory strategies. Analyse research data within both the positivist and interpretive paradigms. Work effectively as part of a team in problem solving activities and presentations. Demonstrate independence, self reliance and discipline in relation to academic study. Demonstrate the ability to effectively communicate information and findings in a variety of formats, including essays, seminars, literature reviews and projects. Undertake collaborative planning. 6

7 For the MSc award: T8 Produce a formal written research outcome that accurately and succinctly reflects the key subject issues, describes the methods and critically supports the conclusions and recommendations. Relationship of learning outcomes to award levels: PGCert: the minimum outcomes expected of a student exiting at this level are T1, T4, T5, T6. PGDip: T1-T7. MSc: all learning outcomes are applicable. Teaching and Learning Methods These skills will be fostered and enhanced through formal teaching, group work and the preparation of assignments. A questioning approach will be encouraged in the teaching of all modules. Students will receive guidance relevant to these tasks and will be given feedback on assignments relating to transferable skills such as the quality of writing and presentation in addition to the content. Assessment Methods: These learning outcomes will be assessed alongside those under Sections 11K, 11I and 11P through a range of methods including essays, small group work activities, portfolios, group seminar presentations, reflective diaries and dissertation/manuscript preparation. 7

8 11 PROGRAMME LEARNING OUTCOME MAP Please Note: The matrix displays only the measurable programme outcomes and where these are developed and assessed within the modules offered in the programme. Table 2: PROGRAMME LEARNING OUTCOME MAP MULTIDISCIPLINARY PRACTICE MODE Modules Learning Outcomes TITLES CODE *K1 K2 K3 K4 K5 K6 K7 *I1 I2 I3 I4 I5 I6 I7 P1 P2 *P3 P4 P5 Advanced Methods in Health and Social Care Research NUR816 Promoting Health of the Public HEP809 Epidemiology for Population Health HEP808 Planning and Practice for Population Health HEP801 Leadership and Management in Promoting the Public s Health CMM817 Society, Policy and Population Health SOC801 MSc Research Project HEP802 * denotes minimum learning outcomes achieved by students exiting with the Postgraduate Certificate Table 2 cont d: PROGRAMME LEARNING OUTCOME MAP Modules Learning Outcomes TITLES CODE *T1 T2 T3 *T4 *T5 *T6 T7 T8 Advanced Methods in Health and Social Care Research NUR816 Promoting Health of the Public HEP809 Epidemiology for Population Health HEP808 Planning and Practice for Population Health Leadership and Management in Promoting the Public s Health Society, Policy and Population Health HEP801 CMM817 SOC801 MSc Research Project HEP802 * denotes minimum learning outcomes achieved by students exiting with the Postgraduate Certificate 8

9 12 STRUCTURE AND REQUIREMENTS FOR THE AWARD This award provides a comprehensive overview of the various elements necessary to provide the knowledge and conceptual base to reflect the requirements of the National Occupational Standards in Public Health and the CompHP Pan-European Accreditation Framework for Health Promotion and to reflect current developments towards a public health approach. Due to the pressure created by the necessity to match expectations of service commissioners and providers, no options are offered or are they necessary. The structure and requirements for the award are given in Table 3. Table 3: Structure and Requirements for the Award (Multidisciplinary Practice Mode) Module Title Credit Level Credit Points Module Status Advanced Methods in Health and Social Care 7 30 Compulsory Research Promoting the Health of the Public 7 15 Compulsory Epidemiology for Population Health 7 15 Compulsory Planning and Practice for Population Health 7 30 Compulsory Leadership and Management in Promoting the Public s Health 7 15 Compulsory Awards Society, Policy and Population Health 7 15 Compulsory *PGCert (60) **PGDip (120) MSc Research Project 7 60 Compulsory MSc (180) Awards: *PGCert - 60 credit points. Students must have successfully completed the Promoting the Health of the Public module (15 credits) and an additional 45 credit points. **PGDip -120 credit points. MSc -180 credit points, including 60 credit points from the Masters research project. 13 SUPPORT FOR STUDENTS AND THEIR LEARNING Students and their learning will be supported in a number of ways: Student induction process introduces students to the course structure, rules and regulations of the course, studies advice and skills and allows them to express their expectations of the course and any concerns they may have. Students are also informed of a range of 9

10 University services including the Learning Resource Centre, IT, Student Support, Health Centre Support and Personal Development Planning. Student handbooks and module booklets. All students will have online access to the University Student Charter and the Student Handbook. Additionally, the Course Handbook, available online, will detail all necessary course information and regulations. Module booklets will also be provided by module coordinators for each module of study. Access to Course/Subject Director and teaching staff. Contact details for the Course Director will be provided in the Course Handbook and contact details for teaching staff will be provided in the module booklets. Appointments can be arranged as necessary. Advisers of Studies. All students will be allocated an Adviser of Studies who they are encouraged to meet at least once per semester. Staff/student consultation. Student representatives for the full-time and part-time modes, elected each year by the students, will be members of the course committee. Student representatives will be offered training to undertake the role. In addition, the Course Director will consult with students and student representatives on issues related to course management and organisation, module delivery, teaching facilities and support. University protocols for assessment of and provision for students with disabilities are adhered to within the School. All students will also have access to the full range of student services and facilities provided including: Personal Development Planning Careers Development Centre Information Services Department Student Support Department Sport and Recreation Department International Office Students Union Chaplaincy 10

11 14 CRITERIA FOR ADMISSION Postgraduate Certificate/Diploma Applicants must satisfy the University s general entry requirements and specific requirements for admission A primary degree, or equivalent, from a University or other Institution approved by the University, in a subject relevant to health promotion, public health, or population health. Exceptionally, candidates who possess a qualification other than that listed above, but who have at least two years full-time equivalent experience as a health promotion or public health specialist or as an expert health promoter (one whose full time is spent in leadership and management and programme delivery of health promotion in a defined professional area) may be admitted to the course, subject where necessary, to the submission of a portfolio of written evidence demonstrating the meeting of graduate qualities (including subject-specific outcomes, as determined by the Course Committee). MSc Candidates will normally progress from the Postgraduate Diploma in Health Promotion and Public Health. Candidates who hold a Postgraduate Diploma in Health Promotion, Public Health or Population Health, with a mark profile equivalent to that required of Postgraduate Diplomates in Health Promotion and Public Health of the University of Ulster, as evidenced by a transcript, may be admitted directly to the MSc phase of the course. 15 EVALUATING AND IMPROVING THE QUALITY AND STANDARD OF TEACHING AND LEARNING National Occupational Standards in Public Health are met Results.aspx?k=Public%20Health&r=suite%3D%22Public%20Health% 22 Competencies for CompHP Pan European Accreditation Framework for Health Promotion are met k.pdf Competencies for UK Voluntary Register in Public Health are met Faculty of Public Health competencies are met ies.asp 11

12 Formal staff-student consultation meetings are held at least once per semester; additional meetings can be arranged if requested by student representatives Formal evaluation of modules on each occasion offered Student performance in theoretical assessment is monitored WebCT is used to supplement in-class learning activities Annual subject monitoring External examiners play a key role in monitoring of standards by visiting the University at least once per year to evaluate the course provision, and to assure standards Views of employers as members of the Course Committee Student performance data and career progression Guidance from the University s Programme Approval, Management and Review Handbook (July 2012) University/Faculty/School strategies support quality of teaching and learning Staff are encouraged to access a range of Staff Development activities 16 REGULATION OF STANDARDS Assessment rules Pass mark for course, modules and individual assessment is 50% Condonement is not permitted Award of PGCertificate where modules amounting to 60 credit points have successfully been achieved (see Section 12 for defined modules) Award of PGDiploma where modules amounting to 120 credit points have successfully been achieved Award of MSc where modules amounting to 180 credit points have successfully been achieved, to include the MSc Research Project Classification of Final Result for Master s Degree Pass with Distinction 70% Pass 50% 12

13 The Board of Examiners may recommend a Pass with Distinction to a candidate who achieves an overall average of at least 70%. Classification of Final Result for Postgraduate Diploma Pass with Distinction 70% Pass 50% The Board of Examiners may recommend a Pass with Distinction to a candidate who achieves an overall mark of at least 70%. Classification of Final Result for Postgraduate Certificate Pass with Distinction 70% Pass 50% The Board of Examiners may recommend a Pass with Distinction to a candidate who achieves an overall mark of at least 70%. Please refer to Section 12 for defined modules which must be achieved. External examiners There is one External Examiner for the course. External examiners are academic subject or professional experts appointed from outside the University. Their key functions are to contribute to the assurance of the standards of the award and the fair treatment of students. They are involved in the moderation and approval of assessments and the moderation of the marking undertaken by internal examiners. 17 INDICATORS OF QUALITY RELATING TO TEACHING AND LEARNING The course is recognised by the Royal Society for Public Health and the Institute of Health Promotion and Education. All teaching staff have a teaching qualification or are working towards one. One member of the teaching team was included in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise in Unit 11 (Nursing & Midwifery). Forty per cent of the research activity was of world-leading quality, 40% was of international quality and 20% was of national quality. Members of the teaching staff are External Examiners to Postgraduate programmes in Health Promotion in other Higher Education Institutes. 13

14 In the QAA Subject Review Exercise of 2001, the subject (reviewed as part of Other Subject Allied to Medicine with Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy) received a score of 22, Excellence in Teaching. Teaching staff have considerable research and practical experience that informs their teaching. Membership in a range of external organisations including the Royal College of Nursing. 14

15 PROGRAMME SPECIFICATION COURSE TITLE: PGDip/MSc in Health Promotion and Public Health (EDUCATION AND YOUTH SECTOR MODE) PLEASE NOTE: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the course and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if he or she takes full advantage of the learning opportunities provided. More detailed information on the specific learning outcomes, content and the learning, teaching and assessment methods of each module can be found at: 1 AWARD INSTITUTION/BODY: UNIVERSITY OF ULSTER 2 TEACHING INSTITUTION/BODY: UNIVERSITY OF ULSTER 3 LOCATION: JORDANSTOWN 4 ACCREDITED BY: 5 FINAL AWARD: PGDip/MSc HEALTH PROMOTION AND PUBLIC HEALTH (PGCert exit award) 6 MODE OF ATTENDANCE: FULL-TIME/PART-TIME EDUCATION AND YOUTH SECTOR MODE 7 SPECIALISMS: EDUCATION AND YOUTH SECTOR MODE 8 COURSE/UCAS CODE: PGDIP FULL-TIME 2984 PGDIP PART-TIME 2462 MSc FULL-TIME 2985 MSc PART-TIME DATE WRITTEN/REVISED: SEPTEMBER

16 10 EDUCATIONAL AIMS OF THE COURSE A student who successfully achieves the Postgraduate Certificate will be able to: Critically evaluate the dynamic shifts in the discourses of health, health promotion and public health. Apply psychological theory to the promotion of health with special reference to the determinants of health behaviour change. A student who successfully achieves the Postgraduate Diploma will, additionally, be able to: Critically assess the implications of the discourses in health promotion and public health issues for the public, the practice of professionals and the future for relevant policy development at local, regional, national and global levels. Critically engage with the concept of leadership and management for the health promoting setting as applied to specific institutions within the education and youth sectors. Develop a critical, evidence-based perspective to their practice, based on an eclectic research base, which recognises the unique requirements of health promotion and public health which clearly differentiate them from evidence-based medicine. Adopt a multidisciplinary approach to the evaluation of contemporary health promotion and public health issues. A student who successfully achieves the Master of Science Degree will, additionally, be able to: Demonstrate an understanding of the scientific methodological rigour and the ability to undertake and present a supervised independent research project in a contemporary area of health promotion or public health. 11 MAIN LEARNING OUTCOMES The following reference points were used to inform the development of the programme and its learning outcomes: The University s Vision and core strategic aims, teaching and learning strategy and policies; 16

17 Current research or other advanced scholarship carried out by academic staff; Requirements of professional, statutory or regulatory bodies (Public Health Skills and Career Framework; CompHP Pan European Accreditation Framework for Health Promotion; National Occupational Standards for Public Health; UK Voluntary Register for Public Health Specialists; Faculty of Public Health); National and University qualifications and credit frameworks param=utf&utf=http://www.ulster.ac.uk/academicoffice/assuringacademic Standards.html Of particular note within this programme all modules are level 7. The Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma and Master s awards comprise 60, 120 and 180 credit points respectively. The course provides opportunities for students to achieve and demonstrate the following learning. 11K KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING OF SUBJECT Successful students will be able to: K1 K2 K3 K4 K5 Discuss key issues in health, health promotion and public health discourses. Discuss planning frameworks, implementation and evaluation strategies. Describe relevant research paradigms, methodologies, techniques and the research environment. Discuss conceptual issues relating to the settings approach and other key policy initiatives to the education and youth sectors. Employ key issues in curriculum and programme planning for children, young people and others in the lifelong learning environment in the education and youth sectors. For the MSc award: K6 Demonstrate mastery and a comprehensive understanding of theory and techniques relevant to their own research project. 17

18 Relationship of learning outcomes to award levels: PGCert: the minimum outcomes expected of a student exiting at this level are K1, K4, K5. PGDip: K1-K5. MSc: all learning outcomes are applicable. Teaching and Learning Methods: Lectures for all modules will be delivered in conventional face-to-face mode, with some modules being enhanced with material available on WebCT or CD. Classroom-based workshops will encompass didactic teaching and participatory group work which may involve a range of strategies which will include problem solving, opinion forming, debate and generation of new ideas and approaches. Independent reading and literature research will be a vital and indispensable element of learning as students will need to read into their areas of specific interest to enable them to apply the concepts and principles delivered in the teaching environment. Assessment Methods: All assessment will be by coursework, recognising the unique needs of mature learners. The assessment schedule will be designed to permit the student to apply the concepts and principles delivered in the teaching environment to their area/s of special interest. Assessment methods will include essays, role audits, planning exercises, critical literature review, portfolios, critical appraisal of epidemiologic data and paper critiques, preparation and delivery of seminars, other presentations which will best facilitate shared learning and dissertations/manuscript preparation. Students will be provided with detailed written feedback on their assessments. 11I INTELLECTUAL QUALITIES Successful students will be able to: I1 I2 Apply a critical, in-depth understanding of key issues in the health, health promotion and public health discourses to a range of challenges and problems encountered when seeking to promote the health of the public. Apply an in-depth knowledge and understanding of planning frameworks, implementation and evaluation strategies which will enable a critical evaluation to be made of planning and implementation strategies for a range of population health issues. 18

19 I3 I4 I5 Apply an in-depth knowledge and understanding of relevant research paradigms, methodologies, techniques and the research environment to decisions relating to the conduct of personal research efforts and commissioning of research which will be based on critical analysis. Critically evaluate and reflect systematically on current policy initiatives at local, regional, national and global levels in order to assess the contribution of policy to the health of defined populations. Provide reasoned balanced arguments in assessing the opportunities for applying knowledge of leadership and management issues to health promoting initiatives in the relevant sectors. For the MSc award: I6 Display mastery in the independent planning, conduct and reporting of a health promotion or public health research project. Relationship of learning outcomes to award levels: PGCert: the minimum outcomes expected of a student exiting at this level are I1, I2, I4. PGDip: I1-I5. MSc: all learning outcomes are applicable. Teaching and Learning Methods: Lectures, group work and directed reading will be provided as detailed under 11K. Building on this material, the above set of learning outcomes will be fostered primarily through contributing to discussions, engaging in debate, and the preparation and presentation of assignments and seminars for which assessment criteria and guidance are provided in module outlines. Written and/or verbal feedback will be provided to help define and correct problems and identify and confirm good practice. Assessment Methods: Assessment of these outcomes will take place primarily through coursework assignments such as essays, portfolios, practical reports, literature reviews, seminars, and dissertations/manuscript preparation. 19

20 11P PROFESSIONAL/PRACTICAL SKILLS Successful students will be able to: P1 P2 P3 P4 Apply an in-depth knowledge of planning frameworks, implementation and evaluation strategies to the development of plans for selected population health initiatives. Critically assess the appropriateness of research methodologies to address specific research questions/hypotheses. Apply health promotion principles and practice in the context of education and youth domains. Apply knowledge of curriculum planning issues to generate appropriate plans for curriculum and health promoting environmental innovation. For the MSc award: P5 Source, critically review and use research material to plan and execute a significant programme of research and enquiry. Relationship of learning outcomes to award levels: PGCert: the minimum outcomes expected of a student exiting at this level are P3, P4. PGDip: P1-P4. MSc: all learning outcomes are applicable. Teaching and Learning Methods: These skills will principally be developed through coursework assignments and seminars. In most instances, related concepts will be introduced first via the lecture material. Assessment Methods These outcomes will be assessed through coursework assessment which includes essays, portfolios, reflective diaries and group seminar presentations and through dissertations/manuscript preparation. 11T TRANSFERABLE SKILLS Successful students will be able to: T1 Locate, synthesise and critically appraise relevant literature and data. 20

21 T2. T3 T4 T5 T6 T7 Prepare and deliver a seminar presentation which will include participatory strategies. Analyse research data within both the positivist and interpretive paradigms. Work effectively as part of a team in problem solving activities and presentations. Demonstrate independence, self reliance and discipline in relation to academic study. Demonstrate the ability to effectively communicate information and findings in a variety of formats, including essays, seminars, literature reviews and projects. Undertake collaborative planning. For the MSc award: T8 Produce a written formal research outcome that accurately and succinctly reflects the key subject issues, describes the methods and critically supports the conclusions and recommendations. Relationship of learning outcomes to award levels: PGCert: the minimum outcomes expected of a student exiting at this level are T1, T4, T5, T6. PGDip: T1-T7. MSc: all learning outcomes are applicable. Teaching and Learning Methods: These skills will be fostered and enhanced through formal teaching, group work and the preparation of assignments. A questioning approach will be encouraged in the teaching of all modules. Students will receive guidance relevant to these tasks and will be given feedback on assignments relating to transferable skills such as the quality of writing and presentation in addition to the content. Assessment Methods: These learning outcomes will be assessed alongside those under Sections 11K, 11I and 11P through a range of methods including essays, small group work activities, portfolios, group seminar presentations, reflective diaries and dissertations/manuscript preparation. 21

22 11 PROGRAMME LEARNING OUTCOME MAP Please Note: The matrix displays only the measurable programme outcomes and where these are developed and assessed within the modules offered in the programme. Table 4: PROGRAMME LEARNING OUTCOME MAP EDUCATION AND YOUTH SECTOR MODE TITLES CODE *K1 K2 K3 K4 *K5 K6 *I1 *I2 I3 I4 I5 I6 P1 P2 *P3 *P4 P5 Advanced Methods in Health and Social Care Research NUR816 Health and Its Promotion HEP706 Health Promotion Curriculum and Project Planning Curriculum and Programme Planning and Delivery for Relationships and Sexuality Education Leadership and Management in the Settings Environment HEP805 HEP807 HEP812 MSc Research Project HEP802 * denotes minimum learning outcomes achieved by students exiting with the Postgraduate Certificate Table 4 cont d: PROGRAMME LEARNING OUTCOME MAP Modules Learning Outcomes TITLES CODE *T1 T2 T3 T4 *T5 *T6 T7 T8 Advanced Methods in Health and Social Care Research NUR816 Health and Its Promotion HEP706 Health Promotion Curriculum and Project Planning Curriculum and Programme Planning and Delivery for Relationships and Sexuality Education Leadership and Management in the Settings Environment HEP805 HEP807 HEP812 MSc Research Project HEP802 * denotes minimum learning outcomes achieved by students exiting with the Postgraduate Certificate 22

23 12 STRUCTURE AND REQUIREMENTS FOR THE AWARD This award provides a comprehensive overview of the various elements necessary to provide the knowledge and conceptual base to reflect the requirements of the National Occupational Standards for Public Health and the CompHP Pan European Accreditation Framework for Health Promotion and to reflect current developments towards a public health approach. Due to the pressure created by the necessity to match expectations of service commissioners and providers, no options are offered or are they necessary. The structure and requirements for the award are given in Table 5. Table 5: Structure and Requirements for the Award Education and Youth Sector Mode Module Title Credit Level Credit Points Module Status Health and Its Promotion 7 30 Compulsory Health Promotion Curriculum and Project Planning 7 30 *Compulsory OR Awards Curriculum and Programme Planning and Delivery for Relationships and Sexuality Education 7 30 *Compulsory PGCert Advanced Methods in Health and Social Care Research 7 30 Compulsory Leadership and Management in the Settings Environment 7 30 Compulsory PGDip MSc Research Project 7 60 Compulsory MSc * Compulsory for PGDip, Optional for PGCertificate Awards: PGCert - 60 credit points: Students must have successfully completed the Health and Its Promotion module (30 credits) and EITHER the Health Promotion Curriculum and Project Planning module (30 credits) OR the Curriculum and Programme Planning and Delivery for Relationships and Sexuality Education module (30 credits). PGDip -120 credit points. MSc -180 credit points, including 60 credit points from the Masters research project. 13 SUPPORT FOR STUDENTS AND THEIR LEARNING Students and their learning will be supported in a number of ways: Student induction process introduces students to the course structure, rules and regulations of the course, studies advice and skills and 23

24 allows them to express their expectations of the course and any concerns they may have. Students are also informed of a range of University services including the Learning Resource Centre, IT, Student Support, Health Centre Support and Personal Development Planning. Student handbooks and module booklets. All students will have online access to the University Student Charter and the Student Handbook. Additionally, the Course Handbook, available online, will detail all necessary course information and regulations. Module booklets will also be provided by module coordinators for each module of study. Access to Course/Subject Director and teaching staff. Contact details for the Course Director will be provided in the Course Handbook and contact details for teaching staff will be provided in the module booklets. Appointments can be arranged as necessary. Advisers of Studies. All students will be allocated an Adviser of Studies who they are encouraged to meet at least once per semester. Staff/student consultation. Student representatives for the full-time and part-time modes, elected each year by the students, will be members of the course committee. Student representatives will be offered training to undertake the role. In addition, the Course Director will consult with students and student representatives on issues related to course management and organisation, module delivery, teaching facilities and support. University protocols for assessment of and provision for students with disabilities are adhered to within the School. All students will also have access to the full range of student services and facilities provided including: Personal Development Planning Careers Development Centre Information Services Department Student Support Department Sport and Recreation Department International Office Students Union Chaplaincy 24

25 14 CRITERIA FOR ADMISSION Postgraduate Certificate/Diploma Applicants must satisfy the University s general entry requirements and specific requirements for admission A primary degree, or equivalent, from a University or other Institution approved by the University, in a subject relevant to health promotion, population health or public health. Exceptionally, candidates who possess a qualification other than that listed above, but who have at least two years full-time equivalent experience as a health promotion or public health specialist or as an expert health promoter (one whose full time is spent in leadership and management and programme delivery of health promotion in a defined professional area) may be admitted to the course, subject where necessary, to the submission of a portfolio of written evidence demonstrating the meeting of graduate qualities (including subject-specific outcomes, as determined by the Course Committee). MSc Candidates will normally progress from the Postgraduate Diploma in Health Promotion and Public Health. Candidates who hold a Postgraduate Diploma in Health Promotion, Population Health or Public Health, with a mark profile equivalent to that required of Postgraduate Diplomates in Health Promotion and Public Health of the University of Ulster, as evidenced by a transcript, may be admitted directly to the MSc phase of the course. 15 EVALUATING AND IMPROVING THE QUALITY AND STANDARD OF TEACHING AND LEARNING National Occupational Standards in Public Health are met Results.aspx?k=Public%20Health&r=suite%3D%22Public%20Health% 22 Competencies for European Professional Accreditation System in Health Promotion are met k.pdf Competencies for UK Voluntary Register in Public Health are met Faculty of Public Health competencies are met ies.asp 25

26 Formal staff-student consultation meetings are held at least once per semester; additional meetings can be arranged if requested by student representatives Formal evaluation of modules on each occasion offered Student performance in theoretical assessment is monitored WebCT is used to supplement in-class learning activities Annual subject monitoring External examiners play a key role in monitoring of standards by visiting the University at least once per year to evaluate the course provision, and to assure standards Views of employers as members of the Course Committee Student performance data and career progression Guidance from University s Programme Approval, Management and Review Handbook (July 2012) University/Faculty/School strategies support quality of teaching and learning Staff are encouraged to access a range of Staff Development activities 16 REGULATION OF STANDARDS Assessment rules Pass mark for course, modules and individual assessment is 50% Condonement is not permitted Award of PGCertificate where modules amounting to 60 credit points have successfully been achieved (see Section 12 for defined modules) Award of PGDiploma where modules amounting to 120 credit points have successfully been achieved Award of MSc where modules amounting to 180 credit points have successfully been achieved, to include the MSc Research Project Classification of Final Result for Master s Degree Pass with Distinction 70% Pass 50% The Board of Examiners may recommend a Pass with Distinction to a candidate who achieves an overall average of at least 70%. 26

27 Classification of Final Result for Postgraduate Diploma Pass with Distinction 70% Pass 50% The Board of Examiners may recommend a Pass with Distinction to a candidate who achieves an overall mark of at least 70%. Classification of Final Result for Postgraduate Certificate Pass with Distinction 70% Pass 50% The Board of Examiners may recommend a Pass with Distinction to a candidate who achieves an overall mark of at least 70%. Please refer to Section 12 for defined modules which must be achieved. External examiners There is one External Examiner for the course. External examiners are academic subject or professional experts appointed from outside the University. Their key functions are to contribute to the assurance of the standards of the award and the fair treatment of students. They are involved in the moderation and approval of assessments and the moderation of the marking undertaken by internal examiners. 17 INDICATORS OF QUALITY RELATING TO TEACHING AND LEARNING The course is recognised by the Royal Society for Public Health and the Institute of Health Promotion and Education. All teaching staff have a teaching qualification or are working towards it. One member of the teaching team was included in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise in Unit 11 (Nursing & Midwifery). Forty per cent of the research activity was of world-leading quality, 40% was of international quality and 20% was of national quality. Members of the teaching staff are External Examiners to Postgraduate programmes in Health Promotion in other Higher Education Institutes. In the QAA Subject Review Exercise of 2001, the subject (reviewed as part of Other Subject Allied to Medicine with Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy) received a score of 22, Excellence in Teaching. Teaching staff have considerable research and practical experience that informs their teaching. 27

28 Membership in a range of external organisations including the Royal College of Nursing. 28

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