Advancing Clinical Skills 3 (ACS) NURSING3060

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Medicine Dentistry and Nursing
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 3 (SCQF level 9)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

This course provides an opportunity for in-depth study of evidence-based theory underpinning clinical nursing procedures and systematic assessment with opportunities for practical application through simulation. This course aims to advance and consolidate knowledge, confidence and skills supporting provision of safe and effective  person-centred care across a range of contemporary healthcare settings.


Weekly Sessions

Requirements of Entry

To enter Year 3 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 2.

Excluded Courses



Semester 2

100% weighting, Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) (ILOs 1,2,3,4, and 5).

Course Aims

This course aims to advance the student's knowledge base and confidence in performing clinical nursing procedures and systematic person-centred assessment techniques, to facilitate recognition of deterioration in people of all ages. This course will advance clinical reasoning and clinical judgement skills, supporting students to make safe and evidence-based clinical decisions for care planning for people across a range of contemporary healthcare settings.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

1. Demonstrate safe and effective systematic clinical assessment, and clinical decision making in a simulated care environment.

2. Interpret and synthesise clinical findings, formulating an evidence-based plan of person-centred care.

3. Apply clinical assessment tools and devices with reference to validity, reliability, and accuracy of measurement.

4. Demonstrate safe performance of clinical nursing procedures, including numeracy and medicines management with discussion of the professional, legal, and ethical responsibilities of the nurse in relation to each procedure.

5. Demonstrate effective leadership, management, and communication in a simulated care environment.

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.