Professional Practice - Standalone module

This course is for you if you are a clinician in the field of Audiology and are looking to develop your knowledge and understanding of professional practice for healthcare science as defined by Good Scientific Practice and its ethical and legal requirements.

Location: Aston University, Birmingham


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Online / distance learning

Course format

No placements


20 weeks

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Key information and entry requirements

Credit value: 20 masters level credits

Mode of delivery: Distance learning

Course type: Standalone module

Number of places available: Maximum 10 students

Start date: October. Please note, applications for October 2020 entry will open summer 2020, this course page will be updated with the application link. Please register your interest by using the form at the bottom of this page.

Duration: 20 weeks (not including Christmas vacation)

Time commitment: Although this will depend upon the individual, a typical student can expect to spend around 10 hours a week studying throughout the duration of the course, equivalent to 200 hours of study in total

Entry requirements: You must be a clinician in the field of Audiology.



Professional Accreditation

This module forms part of the MSc Clinical Science (Neurosensory Sciences) which is accredited by the National School of Healthcare Science.

Course outline and what you will study

This module will provide you with an opportunity to learn about healthcare science practice and its ethical and legal requirements. This module will also introduce you to the frameworks of underpinning professional practice for all healthcare scientists as defined by Good Scientific Practice and provide you with the knowledge, skills and experience and tools to develop, improve and maintain a high standard of professional practice at all times.

Following successful completion of this module, you will be able to: 

  • Discuss the ethical foundations of professionalism including critical reflection and how these relate to the clinical scientist, the practice of healthcare science and the wider healthcare environment.
  • Explain and critically evaluate the structures and processes that underpin the quality of the service provided by the NHS and quality improvement initiatives to promote high quality patient care and enhance patient safety and discuss the quality mechanisms relevant to your division/specialism.
  • Explain the principles of effective written and verbal communication and feedback considering the needs of patients, the public, health professionals and scientists.
  • Identify the leadership models including those that underpin current NHS Leadership and Competency Frameworks and identify and critically evaluate how your personal values, principles and assumptions affect your personal leadership style. 
  • Explain the current structure and management of health and social care systems and services at a national (UK wide) and local level and the way in which the voice of patients and the public is embedded in all aspects of healthcare and healthcare education.

Learning, teaching and assessment

Delivered via distance learning, you will access learning materials for general study, revision and assessment via our virtual learning environment, Blackboard. This platform allows you to access a comprehensive range of study materials, scientific journals, e-journals, databases and much more.

Assessment is by coursework submitted throughout the course. Coursework will take the form of Certificates achieved on completion of e-learning content and three short essays (1000) covering particular aspects of the course.

Our courses are written and delivered by staff at the forefront of Life and Health Sciences teaching and research. Many members of staff practise/have practised professionally. In the recent Teaching Excellence Framework assessment, Aston University was awarded Gold, the highest award possible. In addition, our courses are regularly reviewed by relevant professional experts.

Course director: Amanda Casey

Career prospects

This module will offer you the opportunity to enhance your knowledge and skills in order to develop your career. In addition, our ethos is to equip you to make a real difference in your field.

Healthcare delivery is changing very rapidly and this course aims to ensure you are up-to-date with the principles and values on which good practice is undertaken by clinical practitioners.

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