Faculty of Medical Sciences Online Learning


ONC8013 : Quality Improvement (E-learning)

  • Offered for Year: 2016/17
  • Module Leader(s): Miss Melanie Robertson
  • Lecturer: Dr Victoria Hewitt
  • Owning School: FMS Graduate School
  • Teaching Location: Off Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


This module leads the learner through the initiation of a practice development initiative, suitable for their own clinical area, and the subsequent audit of the effectiveness of this development. The online interaction with other learners broadens the learner’s knowledge of the various stages involved in such initiatives, and furthermore, encourages reflective practice.

Outline Of Syllabus

The module will cover the following topics:
•What is practice development? 
•Identifying the need for change: political drivers
•Identifying the need for change: user involvement
•Supporting practice development
•Baseline assessment
•Managing change
•Barriers to change
•Conducting / designing audit
•Performance indicators / appraisals and sharing best practice

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
CategoryActivityNumberLengthStudent HoursComment
Guided Independent Study Assessment preparation and completion 1 20:00 20:00  
Guided Independent Study Directed research and reading 12 4:00 48:00 Online content
Guided Independent Study Independent study 11 2:00 22:00 Supplemental reading
Guided Independent Study Online Discussion 10 1:00 10:00 Via discussion board
Total       100:00  
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Through a series of online tutorials and weekly activities as well as private study (including directed reading) students will gain a detailed knowledge of the practice development process. Students are encouraged to participate in online collaborative discussions via the discussion boards to help consolidate their understanding of the curricular and discuss how to apply the theory to their own practice.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
DescriptionSemesterWhen SetPercentageComment
Written exercise 1 M 90 Practice development proposal. (2000 words)
Portfolio 1 M 10 Participation in collaborative e-learning activities throughout the module
Formative Assessments
DescriptionSemesterWhen SetComment
Written exercise 1 M Discussion Board Activity
Written exercise 1 M Draft proposal
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The summative assessment requires students to critically develop a practice development proposal and allows them to demonstrate how their new theoretical understanding has influenced and can be adapted for their own practice. 
A participation grade is included to reflect the student's engagement with the collaborative activities included throughout this e-learning module.

Reading Lists