Course Overview

The programme is aimed at Master’s prepared graduates who wish to gain a teaching qualification. Broadly the programme develops nurses' expertise and understanding of teaching in higher education clinical settings.

The programme is comprised of three taught modules and three competency assessments. To support learners' skill development, students are expected to complete 100 hours of teaching/facilitation during the programme. Learners are also expected to gain expertise in a wide range of teaching methods including lecturing, clinical teaching in both laboratory and clinical settings, and working with small groups using experimental approaches.

Special features

The course is approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland  and has a clinical focus, offering opportunities to develop specialist skills. The programme is offered through a blended learning format—a combination of online and face-to-face learning and teaching. Blended learning is an innovative and flexible approach to learning making it possible to combine working full-time with studying.

Applications and Selections

Applications are made online via The Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC). Relevant PAC application code(s) above.

Who Teaches this Course

Requirements and Assessment

Modules are assessed using a combination of coursework and teaching assessment. To support their skill development, students are expected to complete 100 hours of teaching/facilitation during the programme. Students are also expected to gain expertise in a wide range of teaching methods, lecturing, clinical teaching in both laboratory and clinical settings, and working with small groups using experimental approaches.

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

All applicants must meet the following entry requirements:

1. Have successfully completed a Master’s in Nursing or its equivalent;

2. Be a registered nurse on the General, Mental Health, or Learning Disability Nurse divisions of the register maintained by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland;

3. Have practised as a nurse for a minimum of three years post-registration (exclusive of post-registration/educational programmes);

4. Have negotiated a placement in a School/Department of Nursing/Midwifery Education establishment, which will provide the opportunity to meet the practice requirements of this programme.


Additional Requirements

Duration

1 year, full-time

Next start date

September 2018

A Level Grades ()

Average intake

10

Closing Date

Please refer to the review/closing date website.

NFQ level

Mode of study

Blended learning

ECTS weighting

60

Award

CAO

Course code

GYM14

Course Outline

Modules:

  • Student-Centred Teaching and Learning: Active Engagement Strategies
  • Designing for Learning
  • Teaching Effectively
  • Teaching Competency Assessment 1, 2, and 3
  • Electronic Teaching Portfolio (E-Portfolio)

Curriculum Information

Curriculum information relates to the current academic year (in most cases).
Course and module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Glossary of Terms

Credits
You must earn a defined number of credits (aka ECTS) to complete each year of your course. You do this by taking all of its required modules as well as the correct number of optional modules to obtain that year's total number of credits.
Module
An examinable portion of a subject or course, for which you attend lectures and/or tutorials and carry out assignments. E.g. Algebra and Calculus could be modules within the subject Mathematics. Each module has a unique module code eg. MA140.
Optional
A module you may choose to study.
Required
A module that you must study if you choose this course (or subject).
Semester
Most courses have 2 semesters (aka terms) per year.

Year 1 (60 Credits)

Required NU625: Teaching Effectively


Semester 1 | Credits: 10

This module has been developed by the education team at the School of Nursing and Midwifery at NUI Galway. This is an interactive module. It aims to provide a theoretical and practical exposure at helping the learner to begin teaching. When we talk about teaching, this applies to teaching learners, patients/clients or their families. Topics to be explored include: theories of learning, writing a personal teaching philosophy, planning a teaching session and writing up a lesson plan, writing learning outcomes and learning about various teaching strategies. The module is organised as a series of stand-along workshops, including online resources, demonstrations, microteaching, practical sessions, discussion, and reflection. In particular, this module will use this knowledge to help learners to construct meaning and achieve the intended learning outcomes.
(Language of instruction: English)

Learning Outcomes
  1. Use the knowledge of learning theories to justify the teaching styles and strategies that may be adopted in different contexts/settings
  2. Articulate their philosophy of teaching/learning
  3. Design aims, learning outcomes and lesson plans for individual sessions
  4. Analyse the strengths and limitations of selected theories of learning as applied in education
  5. Identify teaching strategies that would prepare learners to be critical thinkers, reflective educators and problem solvers
  6. Analyse the implications of adopting a teaching/learning strategy that is congruent
  7. Structure, deliver and manage educational classes in the classroom in a way that fosters productive learning
  8. Apply experiential learning to teaching practice
  9. Recognise and respond appropriately to factors and situations that effect student motivation and learning
  10. Apply methods for adjusting lessons in response to student feedback and individual needs of students
  11. Describe and relate the features of reflective practice in teaching and learning
  12. Apply strategies for assessing one’s own teaching strengths and weaknesses
Assessments
  • Continuous Assessment (100%)
Teachers
The above information outlines module NU625: "Teaching Effectively" and is valid from 2015 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Required NU670: Teaching e-Portfolio


Semester 1 and Semester 2 | Credits: 30

The aim of the e-portfolio module is to provide documented evidence of the student’s teaching performance and development as an educator from a variety of sources and provide context for that evidence. The process of selecting and organising material for the portfolio can help one reflect on and improve one’s teaching. Portfolios can offer the students a look at their development over time, helping one see teaching as on on-going process of inquiry, experimentation, and reflection. The e-portfolio will also encourage students to develop as self-directed, lifelong learners and therefore promotes deep reflection on their teaching performance. 4 reflections (500-600 words) are required to meet the requirements of the module.
(Language of instruction: English)

Learning Outcomes
  1. 1. Compile a Teaching e-Portfolio and document progress as an educator.
  2. Demonstrate a broad range of best practice guidelines in line with the literature for small group teaching, large group teaching and clinical skills teaching.
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of a wide range of teaching strategies and approaches.
  4. Demonstrate the ability to review and analyse relevant literature in relation to best practice in large group teaching, small group teaching and clinical focused teaching.
  5. Demonstrate the ability to reflect on learning and on goals as an educator.
  6. Demonstrate evidence of a ide range of reflective commentaries on teaching practice
Assessments
  • Continuous Assessment (50%)
  • Department-based Assessment (50%)
Teachers
Reading List
  1. "The teaching portfolio: Capturing the scholarship of teaching" by Edgerton, R., Hutchings, P., & Quinlan, K. (1991)
    Publisher: American Association for Higher Education.
  2. "Recasting the teaching portfolio" by Lang, J. & Bain, K
    Publisher: The Teaching Professor, 11(10), 1.
  3. "The Teaching Portfolio." by Seldin, P.
    Publisher: Anker Publishing, Inc.
  4. "Making sense of Portfolios - a Guide for Nursing Students." by Timmons, F
    Publisher: a Guide for Nursing Students.
The above information outlines module NU670: "Teaching e-Portfolio" and is valid from 2017 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Required NU543: Teaching Assessment II


Semester 2 | Credits: 0

Assessments
  • Continuous Assessment (100%)
Teachers
The above information outlines module NU543: "Teaching Assessment II" and is valid from 2014 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Required NU597: Designing for Learning


Semester 1 | Credits: 10

The module provides an opportunity for learners to explore varies dimensions of assessment and prepare students to contribute effectively to curriculum development and design. Assessing learners’ learning is an important aspect of an educator’s role and an integral component of the teaching and learning process. Learners will be introduced to curriculum models and will have an opportunity to analyse the strengths and shortcomings of these models for teaching practice. Students are required to design a module (see assessment strategy below) which gives them an opportunity to test out their assessment and curriculum development skills in miniature.
(Language of instruction: English)

Learning Outcomes
  1. Discuss the philosophical perspective of assessment and select appropriate methods for the assessment of individual and group learning in the classroom and the clinical setting
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of the nature of curriculum theory, terminology, interpretations and ideologies.
  3. Develop knowledge of a selection of models for curriculum to design and plan programmes of nursing and midwifery education and explain the processes involved in developing a curriculum.
  4. Develop skills in writing curriculum aims and objectives, learning outcomes, assessment and evaluation methodologies
  5. Demonstrate a high level of competence in assessing learners learning in the classroom, written work, and clinical setting.
  6. Develop a module and be able to justify approach and selection of content
Assessments
  • Continuous Assessment (100%)
Teachers
The above information outlines module NU597: "Designing for Learning" and is valid from 2017 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Required NU332: Teaching Assessment I


Semester 2 | Credits: 0

Assessments
  • Continuous Assessment (100%)
Teachers
The above information outlines module NU332: "Teaching Assessment I" and is valid from 2014 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Required NU544: Teaching Assessment III


Semester 2 | Credits: 0

Assessments
  • Continuous Assessment (100%)
Teachers
The above information outlines module NU544: "Teaching Assessment III" and is valid from 2014 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Required NU644: Student-centred Teaching & Learning: Active Engagement Strategies


Semester 2 | Credits: 10

This module aims to broaden and build students’ repertoire of teaching strategies beyond traditional didactic approaches. Students will be introduced to the techniques and strategies of teaching groups and will have an opportunity to develop and practise their skills through role-play and simulations. Students will also explore the concept of “student engagement” and will examine how to: (1) incorporate active learning strategies into their classes and (2) use technologies to support teaching and promote student interest. Approaches to skills teaching in simulated and practice settings are also addressed.
(Language of instruction: English)

Learning Outcomes
  1. Plan and implement teaching strategies that actively engage students in their learning taking cognisance of the needs/stage of the learner, the content being taught and the teaching context
  2. • Practise using a range of small group teaching strategies
  3. • Critically examine the issues involved in ensuring that small groups function well and are conducive to learning for all of the students involved
  4. • Plan and implement teaching sessions using real and simulated patients
  5. • Select and use appropriate technologies to support learning and teaching in the classroom and other settings
  6. • Demonstrate creativity in appropriately using different active strategies to support teaching
Assessments
  • Continuous Assessment (100%)
Teachers
The above information outlines module NU644: "Student-centred Teaching & Learning: Active Engagement Strategies" and is valid from 2017 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

Graduates have found employment in the health services.

Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes

 

Work Placement

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€4,845 p.a. 2018/19

Fees: Tuition

€4,521 p.a. 2018/19

Fees: Student levy

€224 p.a. 2018/19

Fees: Non EU

€13,750 p.a. 2018/19

Find out More

Dr Bróna Mooney
T: +353 91 495 395
E: brona.mooney@nuigalway.ie
www.nuigalway.ie/nursing.midwifery