Developing Knowledge for Nursing and Health 2 NURSING2014

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Medicine Dentistry and Nursing
  • Credits: 30
  • Level: Level 2 (SCQF level 8)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

This course builds on learning from Year 1 by enhancing students' knowledge, communication skills and nursing procedures in relation to nursing care delivery in a wide variety of health and social care settings. In addition, ethics in relation to health care will be explored. Learning in relation to nursing procedures including simulated practice will enable students to work towards attainment of the Future Nurse Standards of Proficiency (NMC 2018).


Weekly sessions.

Requirements of Entry

To enter Year 2 of the BN(Hons) programme, students must have achieved a minimum of Grade D for all components of summative assessment, including practice learning and achieved all the NMC platforms and proficiencies required for Year 1.

Excluded Courses



Semester 1

Component 1 - Ethics essay, 20% weighting (ILO - 4).


Semester 2

Component 2 - Public Health Poster 20% weighting (ILO - 2).

Component 3 - Written exam, 60% weighting (ILO - 1, 3).

Main Assessment In: April/May

Course Aims

The overall aim of Developing Knowledge for Nursing and Health 2 is to consolidate the student's prior learning from year 1 of the programme and facilitate development of the student's knowledge, understanding and critical appraisal of the theoretical concepts of nursing. The course aims to equip the student with the skills and knowledge required to care for and work with adult patient/clients, groups, and communities in a variety of care settings and acquire an understanding of the social and political context of care provision. Ethical and legal aspects of nursing (including consent and safeguarding) shall also be explored. In addition, content regarding common mental health and learning disability conditions and their associated nursing care shall be included. Nursing procedures teaching, including simulated practice, will enable students to learn new communication and clinical skills for patient care. This includes making connections between pharmacology and medicine management (administration and optimisation) in the care setting. This knowledge base provides a foundation in preparation for the periods of practice learning that occur each semester.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

1. Integrate theoretical concepts to the planning, delivery, and evaluation of nursing care. 

2. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the role of public health and social policy in relation to the provision of healthcare and the prevention of ill health. 

3. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding in relation to common mental health and learning disability conditions and how they may manifest within adult nursing practice settings.

4. Apply reasoning in discussing ethical issues relating to health and social care. 

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

A minimum of a Grade D in all components of summative assessment. For all components of assessments and degree examinations, 100% submission of all assessments is normally required.