SHE Level 1
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M1B723306
Module Leader Jackie Gillespie
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Nursing
  • B (January start)
  • A (September start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge


Summary of Content

This module will enable students to gain a broad understanding of health, health improvement, and nursing across a range of contemporary care settings, acknowledging the Scottish Government's strategic direction for health and social care in the twenty first century. People today are living longer, healthier lives at home or in a homely setting, and this module will introduce students to person and family centred care, exploring the holistic needs of individuals, families communities and populations. The module will also introduce students to health from the perspective of the individual, their community, and globally.


Introduction to health across the lifespan: concepts of health and illness - what is health? What does it mean to be healthy? Theories, frameworks and approaches in understanding the concept of health Introduction to health improvement: the role of the nurse in a variety of settings working to improve life chances, to work to prevent ill health and promote early interventions. Health improvement. Strategies to improve the health and wellbeing of individuals, health maintenance, screening programmes Holistic needs: the holistic needs of patients across the age spectrum from the beginning to the end of life, including the care of vulnerable patients; such as pregnant women, children and clients who have learning difficulties or mental health concerns The importance of culture: cultural awareness and culturally sensitive care, globalisation of health and illness and meeting needs of those with a range of health related challenges Introduction to nursing: introduction to a range of nursing models and exploration of how/why these models can be applied in a variety of contexts, to include person and family centred care, optimising health assets (assets based, salutogenesis, co-production, personal outcomes) activities of daily living Delivery of health care: introduction to the changing context of care in contemporary care settings (community setting, acute care & emergency services, hospital in-patient, hospice care and third sector agencies) , integration, internationalisation Communication: introduction to communication theories and strategies which will enable students to form effective relationships in a care context Competences D1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9 AD 1.1 MH 1.1 LD 1.1 CH 1.1 D2, 1,2,3,5,6 AD 3.1 MH 3.1,5.1, 6.1 LD 3.1 CH 3.1 D3, 1,4,5,8 AD 1.1 MH 1.1, 3.1 LD 1.1, 3.1 CH 1.1 D4 2,7 AD 5.1 MH 5.1 LD 1.1, 2.1 CH 1.1, 1.2, 7.1

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module students should be able to:1. Outline theories, frameworks and approaches in understanding the concept of health2. Discuss the holistic needs of patients, clients and service users with a range of health related challenges across the age spectrum, from the beginning to the end of life 3. Describe how the promotion of early interventions can improve life chances and prevent ill health4. Explore the implications of globalisation for health and healthcare5. Discuss how culture and environmental factors can influence an individual's experience of health and illness6. Compare the range of approaches to patient, family centred care, exploring their application in a variety of contexts7. Examine communication theories and strategies which underpin relationships in a care context

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The module will be delivered either online via GCULearn or face-to-face. Students may elect to study the module either online or face-to-face, but may not transfer between the two. Teaching and learning strategies will incorporate tutorial group sessions, lectures, self directed and on line learning. Key nursing theory will be delivered over the first six weeks of the trimester using a blended approach of on line, classroom based tutorials and lectures. Learning and teaching strategies will enhance student engagement, accessibility, flexibility and personalisation of the curriculum through the use of technology/digital learning where appropriate. Lecturers, service partners, users, carers and students will contribute to the authenticity of the teaching and learning experience. Formative assessment will include presentation of 3 slides relating to preparation for health fair. Summative assessment will be peer assessed, facilitator assessed presentation and interaction at a health fair.

Indicative Reading

Bach, S; Grant, A. 2011. Communication and Interpersonal Skills in Nursing. 2 nd edition. Learning Matters. Exeter Brooker, C. & Waugh, A. (Eds) 2013, Foundations of Nursing Practice: Fundamentals of Holistic Care, 2 nd edition. Elsevier, Edinburgh. Cooper, K; Gosnel, K. (2014) Foundations of Nursing E-book 7 th edition. Elservier . Edinburgh Ellis, P. 2010, Understanding Research for Nursing Students, Learning Matters, Exeter. Evans, E; Coutsaftiki, D; Fathers, C.P; 2014. Health Promotion and Public Health for Nursing Students. 2 nd edition. Learning Matters. Exeter Glasper, A., McEwing, G., & Richardson, J. (Eds) 2009, Foundation Skills for Caring, Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke. Griffith, R. & Tengnah,C. 2008, Law and professional issues in nursing, Learning Matters, Exeter. Potter, P; Perry, A; Stockert, P; Hall, A. (2013) Fundamentals of Nursing, E-Book. 8 th edition . Elservier, Edinburgh Sines, D; Aldridge-Bent, S; fanning, A; Farrelly, P; Potter, K; Wright, J. 2013. Community and Public Health Nursing. Wiley Blackwell. Chichester Williamson, G.R; Jenkinson, T; Proctor-Childs, T. 2010. Contexts of Contemporary Nursing. 2 nd edition. Learning Matters. Exeter Wills, J 2014. Fundamentals of Health Promotion for Nurses. Wiley Blackwell. Chichester Strategies: Strengthening the Commitment, available at <> Mental health strategy available at <> Getting it right for every child available at <> Public bodies (joint working) (Scotland) Act 2014 available at <> Websites Nursing Midwifery Council <> Healthcare Improvement Scotland <> Knowledge Network <> NHS Scotland Healthcare Quality Improvement Strategy, available at<> Better together: Scotland's patient experience programme, available at<> Patient experience network, available at <>

Transferrable Skills

Communication: written and oral Knowledge and understanding of the key concepts Evaluative, informed and reflective perspective Assessment and decision making skills Independent and team working skills Information technology skills Literature searching and academic writing skills

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Seminars (FT) 36.00
Independent Learning (FT) 104.00
Lectures (FT) 4.00
Tutorials (FT) 36.00
Assessment (FT) 20.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Course Work 01 1.00 100.00 40% Health Fair