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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Personal & Professional Development 1
Module Code NS110
School 38
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Leona Bannon
Semester 2: Leona Bannon
Autumn: Leona Bannon
Module TeachersAnne Kirwan
Ciara White
Leona Bannon
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 7.5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Coursework Only

The purpose of this module is to provide the student with an opportunity to develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes required to become a lifelong personal and professional learner and to have an understanding of research and its relevance to nursing practice. The module will assist in building nurses’ digital capability relating to digital health legislation, e-portfolios for professional development and sourcing information for evidence based practice. The core values and concepts fundamental to nursing practice will also be offered. This module is delivered through a combination of lectures, digital case simulations, academic writing tutorials and library workshops.

Learning Outcomes

1. Understand the values and concepts fundamental to nursing and identify how these values and concepts are expressed and applied in nursing practice.
2. Understand the importance of professional development and maintaining a professional development record demonstrating reflection upon skills and experience, to help monitor professional identity.
3. Has an understanding of digital health legislation, policy and ethics, including privacy and security, and professional conduct as it relates to nursing practice.
4. Develop skills in the use of the library to source and critically evaluate information to support evidence-based decision making for nursing practice.
5. Understand how to apply the conventions of academic writing including referencing skills, effective study skills and habits to promote lifelong personal and professional development.
6. Demonstrate knowledge of key concepts underpinning nursing research and its relevance to nursing practice.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture24Large group lectures
Online activity20Online asynchronous directed learning activities
Tutorial2Feedback on formative assessment and summative assessment tutorial
Tutorial2Library tutorial facilitated by subject librarian
Online activity4Online quizzes and LETS tutorials
Independent Study157Time spent sourcing articles & books, searching databases in library, working for assessments.
Total Workload: 209

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Professional Values and Nursing
Overview of the importance of professional values in nursing

Irish Health Service
Overview of the Irish Health Service and the relevant nursing and health policies

Nursing as a research based profession
An introduction to research and its relevance and application to nursing practice.

Academic writing
The conventions of academic writing and the Harvard referencing system

Nursing Informatics
An introduction to the role of nursing and e-health in 21st century healthcare.

Lifelong learning and Continuous Professional Development (CPD)
Gain insight into individual learning style and understand how to apply effective study skills and habits to promote lifelong learning both professionally and personally. Maintaining a professional development record demonstrating reflection upon skills and experience, to help monitor professional identity.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Loop ExamOn line citing and referencing quiz5%Week 4
Completion of online activityCompletion of LETS online tutorials5%Week 4
Professional PortfolioLoop Reflect - reflection upon the impact of digitalisation for the nursing profession.10%Week 9
AssignmentAcademic Writing assignment - piece of work based on course material supported by reference to the literature using the Harvard Referencing System80%Week 10
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • Carroll, H.: 2013, You're actually a good writer...BUILDING AN ARGUMENT, AHEAD - Association for Higher Education Access & Disability, Dublin, 1899951288, 9781899951284
  • Kate Gerrish,Judith Lathlean: 2015, The Research Process in Nursing, John Wiley & Sons, 9781118522561
  • Cottrell, S.: 2017, Critical thinking skills: effective analysis, argument and reflection, 3rd, Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, 1137550507
  • Cottrell: 2008, The Study Skills Handbook, 3rd, Palgrave Macmillan, United kingdom,
  • Pamela Hussey,Margaret Ann Kennedy: 2021, Introduction to Nursing Informatics, Springer Nature, 9783030587406
  • Lo Biondo-Wood, G. & Haber, J.: 2017, Nursing Research: Methods and Critical Appraisal for Evidence-based Practice, 7th edition, Mosby/Elsevier, St Louis, 0323057438
  • Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland: 2021, Code of Professional Conduct and Ethics for Registered Nurses and Registered Midwives, Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland, Dublin, Ireland,
  • Kader Parahoo: 2014, Nursing Research, 2nd Edition, 9781137281265
  • Dept of Health and Children: 2003, A Research Strategy for Nursing and Midwifery in Ireland: Final report, Stationary Office, Dublin,
  • Aveyard, H. Preston, N. Farquhar, M.: 2022, How to read and critique research, SAGE, London, 9781529732979
Other Resources

59951, Website, 0, Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland, www.nmbi.ie, 59952, Website, 0, Health Service Executive, www.hse.ie, 59953, Website, 0, eHealth Ireland, www.ehealthireland.ie, 59954, Website, 0, Nex Project Research Resources, https://www.dcu.ie/ceic/nex, 59955, Website, 0, IPPOSI Citizen Jury Report and website, https://www.ipposi.ie/2021/01/07/citizen-jury-on-access-to-health-information/, 59956, Website, 0, ICNP Browser, https://www.icn.ch/what-we-do/projects/ehealth-icnptm/icnp-browser, 59957, Website, 0, CeIC website and interoperability lab, https://www.dcu.ie/ceic,
Programme or List of Programmes
BNCGBSc in Children's & General Nursing
BNGNBSc in Nursing (General)
BNIDBSc in Nursing (Intellectual Disability)
BNPYBSc in Nursing (Mental Health)
Date of Last Revision16-AUG-11

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