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Programme and Module Handbook

Postgraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2010-2011 (archived)


Department: Health [Queen's Campus, Stockton]


Type Open Level 4 Credits 15 Availability Available in 2010/11 Module Cap None.


  • HEAS40115, HEAS40615, HEAS40215, HEAS40315, HEAS40415.


  • None.

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None.


  • To enable students to deepen their understanding of a wide range of current issues in the design and delivery of work in health and social care settings through analysis of case studies.
  • To enable students to deepen their understanding of key concepts in health and social care as a system and the application of organisational theory.
  • To enable students to develop their skills in critical analysis and presentation.


  • Current 'hot' issues in care design and delivery and various issues currently underepresented in healthcare debates.
  • Will capture changes in health policy and wider economic and cultural environment.
  • Examples may include caring for people with long term needs, practice based commissioning, prisoner health, the role of religion and belief in health care, health and healthcare amongst asylum seekers, service provision in deprived localities.

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • By the end of the module, students will:
  • develop a deeper understanding of current issues in healthcare design and delivery through the application of a range of case studies.
  • develop a critical approach to ideological stances within delivery issues and discussions.
Subject-specific Skills:
  • Identify key issues, questions and debates in care design and delivery.
  • Identify and make use of pertinent literature.
  • Review critically some recent work on important and/or neglected issues in a clear and structured fashion.
  • Write an essay with an appropriately-focused research question, a clear, knowledgeable discussion of the topic area, and a structured argument. Essays should display evidence of critical understanding and innovative thought.
Key Skills:
  • Students will be able to:
  • Identify and locate appropriate research materials.
  • Apply relevant theory and critically analyse argument.
  • Write in a clear, rigorous style.
  • Manage their time effectively.

Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to the learning outcomes of the module

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Lectures 10 weekly 1 hr 10
Seminars/Tutorials 9 weekly 1 hr 30 mins 15
Structured reading set 10 weekly 3 hrs 30
Independent learning student determined weekly 95
Total 150

Summative Assessment

Component: Written assessment Component Weighting: 100%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Essay 3000 words 100% essay

Formative Assessment:

Written comments on 1000 word document and accompanying class presentation.

Attendance at all activities marked with this symbol will be monitored. Students who fail to attend these activities, or to complete the summative or formative assessment specified above, will be subject to the procedures defined in the University's General Regulation V, and may be required to leave the University