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Educational aims

This degree aims to provide a broad grounding in health sciences as a foundation for progression to a higher-level qualification (postgraduate) or further specialist training, and provides evidence of your ability to study at a higher level. Your studies will:

  • introduce you to a range of concepts, data and terminology relevant to the health sciences
  • expose you to different lines of evidence and key debates relating to topics in the health sciences and an appreciation of the limits of scientific knowledge
  • present health topics in their wider personal, cultural and social contexts
  • enable you to engage with evidence-based practice and scientific method and where appropriate apply your understanding of health sciences in your own professional role
  • enable you to develop skills in written and computer-based communication, and information literacy, using a variety of text-based, graphical, numerical, audio-visual and online sources, generating, presenting and interpreting data and using a computer to support your learning and practice
  • foster enthusiasm and confidence in studying and working in the health sciences and provide a framework that will equip you with the study skills necessary for independent learning and further study.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding

On completion of this degree, you will have knowledge and understanding of:

  • the fundamental facts, concepts, principles, theories, classification systems and terminology used in the health sciences
  • the role of science in human health, disease and disability, including basic concepts of cognitive psychology and mental health, and the structure and function of systems, organs, cells and processes in the human body and their interaction with external factors
  • the theoretical basis of diagnosis, screening and interventions in defined health conditions
  • appropriate methods of acquiring, interpreting and analysing health sciences data and information
  • a selected area of health science, informed by research and/or literature at the forefront of the discipline.

Cognitive skills

On completion of this degree, you will be able to:

  • use and correctly apply knowledge and understanding of essential facts, concepts, principles and theories relating to health sciences in a range of familiar and unfamiliar contexts
  • describe, analyse and interpret information and data presented in a variety of ways, including texts, tables, graphs, diagrams, numerical data and computer-based visual and interactive media
  • critically evaluate information from different sources and recognise the potential uncertainty, ambiguity and limits of knowledge in the health sciences.

Practical and/or professional skills

On completion of this degree, you will be able to:

  • conduct practical or practice-based tasks as appropriate in a responsible, safe and ethical manner taking proper account of risk assessment and health and safety regulations
  • design, conduct and report on investigations or professional competency tasks that may involve the acquisition of primary or secondary data
  • plan your own learning and be adept at time management and organisation so that you can work independently or with others in ways appropriate for continuing personal and professional development.

Key skills

On completion of this degree, you will be able to:

  • locate health sciences information from a variety of sources (e.g. textual, numerical, graphical, computer-based) and use it in defined contexts to address issues and problems associated with health sciences
  • prepare, process, interpret and present data using appropriate qualitative and quantitative techniques
  • communicate health sciences information accurately and effectively using written, visual and numerical forms in a style that suits purpose and audience
  • use ICT to enhance your own learning, for data analysis and for communicating scientific information to others
  • use a range of study skills appropriate to level and context to improve your own learning.

Teaching, learning and assessment methods

You are encouraged to progress from one level to the next in a logical fashion to demonstrate a grasp of the increasing complexity and difficulty of learning while moving from Level 1 through to Level 3.

Knowledge and understanding is acquired from specially prepared study materials using a variety of learning approaches which may include self-assessment questions, DVD materials, reference texts, computer-aided learning packages, directed reading, online forums and web-based resources. Your understanding of the acquisition, interpretation and analysis of data is further developed by virtual or actual practical work and independent project work, and in some cases by means of specimens and equipment provided in kits for home study.

You will work independently with the study materials, but are encouraged to form self-help groups with other students, communicating face to face, by telephone, email and online forums. Tutors or workplace mentors will support your learning in a variety of ways which may include options for face-to-face contact as well as other forms of communication.

Skills are developed throughout the degree in parallel with knowledge and understanding. Some modules are more practically oriented than others and also offer the most opportunities to interact with fellow students.

Assessment is by a combination of tutor-marked assignments requiring answers ranging from short to essay length to project reports, computer-marked assignments, and written examinations. In addition, you will have many opportunities for self-assessment, within module texts, on CD-ROMs or DVDs and online.

Practical skills are an important component of health sciences and you will receive training in a variety of scientific methods. At Level 3 you will have the opportunity to develop these skills within an independent project.

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