Masters Level Study Skills (SNM651)

Who is it for?

This unit is designed for those who are new to working at masters level in the health sciences, providing an introduction to the nursing and midwifery masters programmes, online learning and the skills needed to work effectively at masters level.

Overview of content:

  • Preparing study
  • Information and knowledge
  • Critical thinking
  • Writing Skills
  • Reflective Practice

What is it about?

Key masters level skills are addressed around communication, collaborative working, critical appreciation of evidence, utilising library resources, literature searching, Harvard referencing, plagiarism, reflective practice and incident analysis. The skills learned or honed during this unit will prove invaluable in safely negotiating future units taken at masters level.

How does it enhance practice?

Through completing the module the participant will be able to:

  1. Work collectively, professionally and critically in dealing with and generating original material written at the appropriate academic level.
  2. Effectively handle the facilities and mechanisms available for interrogating the evidence base.
  3. Critically appraise the nature of academic writing and the level of integrity necessary in dealing with it.
  4. Analyse critically the theories on reflective practice as well as his/her own knowledge and practice by means of this theoretical base.

Mode of Assessment:

A portfolio of three short pieces of writing (1000 words each) is designed to allow each of the three major areas of academic skills to be assessed separately. The first element will centre on the analysis of academic writing and collaborative working – it will itself have to be written in appropriate style and include evidence of collaboration. The second element will centre on literature searching and appropriate use of academic literature. The third element will centre on reflective practice, including theoretical and personal elements.


15 credits at level 7

Course Structure:

12 week course – Online – distance learning

Upcoming Start Date:

30 September 2019