Postgraduate taught 

Advanced Nursing Science MSc

Acute and Critical Care NURSING5047

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Medicine Dentistry and Nursing
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This course seeks to provide the advanced knowledge required to facilitate an enhanced level of clinical decision making in acute and critical care practice and dissemination of evidence based practice though research based learning and independent study skills.


Typically delivered over six half day sessions in semester 2.



2,500 word assignment examining a current clinical issue.

Main Assessment In: April/May

Course Aims

This course aims to deepen the students' knowledge of pathophysiology and characteristics of acutely ill adults and appraise effective care.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

1. Characterise and critically appraise the processes of holistic systematic assessment of acutely ill adult patients.

2 Critically examine the evidence base in relation to current treatment modalities for patients requiring multi organ support.

3. Analyse factors contributing to physical and psychological morbidity in the critically ill and critically appraise the interventions aimed at reducing occurrence.

4. Critically appraise the strengths and weaknesses of a collaborative approach in the delivery of effective care to the critically ill adult.

5. Critically reflect upon current and future clinical practice and policy in relation to the evolving evidence base.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.