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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Independent Study
Module Code NS557
School 38
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Yvonne Corcoran
Semester 2: Yvonne Corcoran
Autumn: Yvonne Corcoran
Module TeachersYvonne Corcoran
NFQ level 9 Credit Rating 10
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Students will be required to resubmit the assignment

The purpose of this module is to enable students to take responsibility for identifying and meeting their own learning needs. Students who take this module develop a learning contract in negotiation with their academic supervisor. This entails writing up their own learning outcomes, identifying how they can be achieved and providing evidence of that achievement. This module is suitable for students who are motivated to learn independently and will appeal to those who have identified a particular area of learning that is not addressed in the overall programme.

Learning Outcomes

1. Show evidence of motivation in negotiating a programme of study
2. Demonstrate the ability to take control of their learning
3. Demonstrate advancement of their knowledge and understanding of an identified area of healthcare
4. Appraise how the existing body of knowledge of the identified area is applied in their practice
5. Engage in self-evaluation of their learning

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Independent Study245Academic support in this module will be provided through negotiating a programme of study supported by opportunities for discussion with an assigned academic supervisor. The nature of tutorial contact is flexible and may be face to face communication, e-mail communication or other means. The maximum number of one to one contact time is five hours.
Lecture3An introduction to the module, the concept of independent study, and the module assessment.
Seminars2An in-class review of progress
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


Introduction to the principles of Independent Learning; the role of the student, their supervisor and the module co-ordinator in this module; How to develop a learning plan.
Introductory lecture

Mid-semester workshop

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
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

  • Jasper, M.: 2008, Professional Development Reflection and Decision Making, 1st, Blackwell Publishing, Oxford,
Other Resources

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Date of Last Revision27-JAN-12

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