SHE Level 5
SCQF Credit Points 15.00
ECTS Credit Points 7.50
Module Code MMC122351
Module Leader Steven Patterson
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Biological and Biomedical Sciences
  • B (January start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Standard programme entry requirements

Summary of Content

The student will undertake an independent and critical evaluation of individual practice and reflect on the practices of others. The topic of study and content will be motivated by the student under the guidance of the supervisor reflective work-based tutor and the module leader. The students learning needs will be formally supported by lectures and tutorials.


The background and theory underpinning reflective practice will be studied. Planning for the reflective workplace practice study. Planning techniques, timeline and time management Study context and information retrieval Literature searching techniques, source identification and effective storage of literature. Critical analysis Methods for the analysis and evaluation of papers and reports in the literature. (Refereeing) Theoretical development Methods for the extraction of core data from sources and evidence. Techniques for the development and extension of the theory based on core data. Effective written communication Techniques for coherence, conciseness and impact of the written report

Learning Outcomes

On satisfactory completion of this module, students should be able to:Fully analyse the factors which influence the adoption of best practiceCritically evaluate relevant theoretical perspectives and apply them to practiceSynthesise coherent theoretical explanations from the range of relevant disciplines and extend these into the interpretation and enhancement of practiceMake short and long term recommendations for the future development of practice.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Student centred learning will be stimulated by traditional methods and the module will be supported by GCU-Learn Lectures and tutorials will be used to introduce and guide the student in the core aspects of reflective workplace practice. Case studies will be held to stimulate the interest and skills development of the student through interaction with the group of students and the module leader.

Indicative Reading

Recommended: B. Bassot (2015) The Reflective Practice Guide Routledge Sue Thompson and Neil Thompson (2008). The Critically Reflective Practitioner. Palgrave Rudestam, K Newton, RR (2014) Surviving Your Dissertation: A Comprehensive Guide to Content and Process. London Sage Bulman C Schulz S Reflective Practice in Nursing Wiley Blackwell 5th. Edition 2013 Schon D A The Reflective Practitioner Ashgate Publishing Limited (1991) Thompson S Thompson N (2008). The Critically Reflective Practitioner Palgrave Macmillan Stephen Rollnick, William R. Miller and Christopher C. Butler (2012). Motivational Interviewing in Health Care: Helping Patients Change Behavior. Guilford Publications E-sources Individual supervisors may give further directed reading

Transferrable Skills

The student will develop transferable skills in Planning Information retrieval and contextualisation Critical analysis Theoretical development Effective written communication Reflective work based practice IT skills.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Tutorials (FT) 10.00
Independent Learning (FT) 105.00
Lectures (FT) 2.00
Assessment (FT) 30.00
Workshop 3.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 1 n/a 100.00 50% 4000 word extended essay.