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Course content

This course is for you if you are an existing neurophysiologist and wish to obtain the skills and knowledge to become more autonomous in your role. You will gain an accredited qualification recognising your expertise and develop the ability to improve and evaluate services for patients – becoming an advanced practitioner.

Course outline

The programme provides existing practitioners with the skills and knowledge to become more autonomous in their roles and have the ability to improve and evaluate services for patients – to become an advanced practitioner.

The modules are available by distance / blended learning, allowing you flexibility in the way that you study.

You have the option of taking each of the three stages of this course in order (PgCert, PgDip then MSc), or it is possible to exit the course at any of the stages, enabling you to be flexible with your level of commitment at the outset.

What you will study

You have the option of taking each of the three stages of this course in order (PgCert, PgDip then MSc), or it is possible to exit the course at any of the stages, enabling you to be flexible with your level of commitment at the outset.

PgCert Level:

Mandatory modules:

  • Introduction to Healthcare Science: The overall aim of this introductory module is to provide a broad knowledge and understanding of science and scientific knowledge, contextualised to the practice of healthcare science and the services provided by their healthcare science division/specialism.
  • Professional Practice: This module will provide you with an opportunity to learn about healthcare science practice and its ethical and legal requirements.

You will also choose to take one of the following optional modules:

  • Nerve Conduction and Evoked Potentials: This module will introduce you to the underlying theory of carrying out nerve conduction studies and evoked potentials and their role in clinical practice.
  • EEG in Practice: This module will enable you to understand the role of EEG in the management of adults and children. 

PgDip Level:

Mandatory modules:

  • Evidence Based Practice: This module aims to provide students with a theoretical and practical understanding of evidence-based practice in healthcare and its role in service improvement. Students are required to undertake NS2RM1.
  • Dissertation I – Research Methods: The overall aim of this module is to ensure that the trainee has the underpinning knowledge of the importance of research, development and innovation across the NHS and in healthcare science and in particular to provide the underpinning knowledge for the research project.
  • Dissertation II – Research Project:  The module aims to develop students’ skills in evaluating research, research design, analysis and interpretation. The student will be encouraged to acquire an in-depth practical understanding of work that is at the forefront of research into healthcare science. Students are required to undertake NS2RM1.

You will also choose to take one of the following optional modules:

  • Nerve Conduction and Evoked Potentials: This module will introduce you to the underlying theory of carrying out nerve conduction studies and evoked potentials and their role in clinical practice.
  • EEG in Practice:  This module will enable you to understand the role of EEG in the management of adults and children. 

MSc Level:

  • Dissertation III – Research Project: In this module you will complete a research project that shows originality, together with a practical understanding of how established techniques of research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge in neurosensory sciences. It will build on the learning from the second year research modules.
  • Leadership for Health Management: This module aims to explore leadership within the context of clinical health.
  • Quality Improvement: This module aims to introduce you to the principles of quality improvement required for the delivery of high quality, safe healthcare. The content reflects the World Health Organisation Patient Safety Multi-Professional Curriculum Guide 2011.

Facilities

You will benefit from:

  • A virtual learning environment used for general study, revision and assessment. This platform allows you to access a comprehensive range of study materials, scientific journals, e-journals, databases and much more.
  • Course texts and relevant journals are available from the library either electronically or in book form.
  • Whilst on campus, you will benefit from refurbished lecture theatres and seminar rooms with modern audio-visual equipment, a large computer laboratory and the newly refurbished and extended Aston University Library. The Library is open 7 days a week all year round, and at key times of the academic year, it is open 24 hours a day.

Learning, teaching & assessment

All teaching and learning materials are hosted on Blackboard as this is a blended learning course. Students are on campus for 3 weeks in the first term of the first year then at Aston 3 days a term for the remainder of the course.

The majority of the teaching and learning material is delivered via the virtual learning environment (Blackboard 9). Students are provided with a study guide for modules which ensures they are aware of what material needs covering when. The mandatory modules are mostly assessed via coursework so students are able to benchmark their abilities early on and to develop their skills in managing their learning. 

Students are on campus for short periods each term when they have the opportunity to participate in group activities, tutorials, skills laboratories and seminars.


Visit the Clinical Neurophysiology Practice - MSc/PGDip/PGcert page on the Aston University website for more details!

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