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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Nursing: Science, Art and Practice
Module Code NS401
School School of Nursing and Human Sciences
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Melissa Corbally
Semester 2: Melissa Corbally
Autumn: Melissa Corbally
Module TeachersMelissa Corbally
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 10
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Coursework Only

On successful completion of this module the student will be able to evaluate the nature of nursing and its position within the wider health care arena. In this module, key concepts in nursing are analysed using aspects of philosophical inquiry. Perspectives of nursing as a science, as an art and as a practice are used to elucidate how the conduct of nursing can be articulated. The evolution of theory and research and its contribution to the development of nursing knowledge is also examined. This module is a core module to the Bachelor of Nursing Studies programme and is delivered part-time to individuals with possession of a current An Bord Altranais registration. Students will be expected to participate in class and utilize the on-line learning resources provided.

Learning Outcomes

1. Analyse key concepts that underpin clinical nursing practice.
2. Examine the nature of nursing practice and its evolving role in health care.
3. Evaluate sources of nursing knowledge as a basis for nursing care.
4. Explore research and knowledge development in nursing.
5. Formulate arguments for and against nursing as a science, art and practice.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Tutorial7No Description
Online activity60No Description
Independent Study183No Description
Total Workload: 250

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

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
PortfolioIn order to pass this assessment, students will complete a portfolio workbook where they will have to create a cumulative document which represents the outcome of the student’s learning from the suggested material provided throughout the programme. Entry in the portfolio workbook can be done weekly or at a time which suits the student. Students will be given detailed instructions on how to complete their portfolio workbook.100%
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

  • Edwards, S.: 2001, Philosophy of Nursing: an Introduction, Palgrave, London,
  • McKenna,H.,Cutliffe, J., Slevin,O.: 2009, Nursing Models, Theories and Practice (Vital notes for nurses), Palgrave Macmillan, London,
  • Basford, L., Slevin, O.: 2003, Theory and Practice of Nursing. An Integrated Approach to Caring Practice, 2nd Edition, Nelson Thornes, Cheltenham,
  • Allen, D.: 2001, The Changing Shape of Nurisng Practice: the Role of Nurses in the Hospital Division of Labour., Routledge, London,
  • Benner, P.: 1984, From Novice to Expert: Excellence and Power in Clinical Nursing Practice, Menlo Park, California,
  • Benner, P., Tanner, C.A., & Chelsea, C.A. .: 1996, Expertise in nursing practice: Caring, clinical judgement and ethics., Springer, New York,
  • Lattimer, J.: 2000, The conduct of care., Blackwell Science, Oxford,
Other Resources

Programme or List of Programmes
NUBNS in Nursing
Date of Last Revision02-FEB-10

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