Nursing, Ethics and Research Based Knowledge – test

Nursing, Ethics and Research Based Knowledge – test

Nursing, Ethics and Research Based Knowledge - test

Start date: February 5th, 2018
Duration: 10 weeks
Location: Odense
ECTS: 15
Apply before: November 1st, 2017

Target Group

Students currently enrolled at a nursing programme.

The module is in English and your fellow students will come from Scandinavia and Europe as well as from the rest of the World.

Purpose of the Module

The demands and needs of the healthcare system in the near future are the focus of the course that has been developed by the Department of Nursing in University College Lillebaelt. The tasks and challenges of the nursing profession concerning caring, research and ethics are pivotal to the course.

Studying and investigating the competences, nurses will have to acquire and possess in order to meet the future demands to the nursing profession, is the key content of the course through:

  • attracting attention on the new challenges in the primary and secondary health services: accelerated patient pathways, discharge from acute department after 24-48 hours of admission to treatment and care in the patient’s own home.
  • zooming in on the demands to the nurse in the brief encounter where focus is on ethics and evidence based practice – in relation to a patient with a different cultural and religious approach to health and disease than the patient.
  • identifying ways of collaborating and overlapping areas between the primary and secondary health sector.
  • study possibilities such as flipped classroom and simulated scenarios.
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General Information

Work load

Expect 4 full days of teaching and one day for self-studies a week. UCL advises you not to have extra-curricular work activities as the module is more demanding than regular modules at least for the first 4-5 weeks.

The module is equivalent to 15 ECTS and consists of three courses and a final project and exam.

Teaching methods

All teaching and counseling is in oral and written English. You will experience a lot of different teaching methods such as lectures, presentations, dialogue, exchange of experiences, group work, independent studies, portfolio work and a project work the last 4 weeks of the module.


Literature will be available on our IT-platform.


To complete the module and obtain a certificate you have to:

  • participate in 80% of the educational activities in the four courses
  • pass the exam

Moreover, the following conditions apply to the module:

  • All communication, both oral and written, must be in English.
  • There will be some group work during the module. The groups are formed before the module by the lecturers.
Course 1: Nursing (4 ECTS)

Objective/Learning Outcome

  • acquire an understanding of the historical background of nursing and the development of the profession
  • obtain understanding of the process of developing nursing knowledge
  • obtain understanding of an ethics of care and its implications for making sensitive clinical judgment
  • demonstrate knowledge of transcultural nursing, focus on theory, competences and research

 Upon completion of the course the student will be able to

  • see nursing in the perspective of the history and development of the nursing profession
  • describe health science perceptions of knowledge and give examples of the contributions of health science to nursing theory and nursing practice
  • recognize core components of developing nursing knowledge, of clinical judgment and of care ethics
  • compare concepts of care ethics with professional application of evidence-based nursing and clinical guidelines
  • critically reflect and discuss care ethics against application of clinical guidelines
  • reflect on the cultural encounter between health professionals/nurses and patients with another cultural background
  • reflect on and demonstrate knowledge of cultural nursing theories and Arthur Kleinman’s cultural concepts of disease and illness
  • recognize how cultural care is influenced by diversity and universality
Course 2: Philosophy, Religion and Ethics (4 ECTS)

Objective/Learning outcome

  • The student will obtain an understanding of selected aspects of philosophy, religion and ethics with relevance of nursing praxis in Denmark
  • Conduct a family strengths assessment using the AFSNA placed in a context of ethical dilemmas

Upon completion of the course the student will:

  • Have theoretical insight into central concepts of the philosophy Existentialism
  • Understand the significance of religion in general when Danes are coping with illness
  • Have knowledge about selected aspects of Islam related to perspectives on health, illness and dead
  • Have knowledge about three different theories of ethics: Situated Ethics – Deontology – Utilitarianism
Course 3: Science Theories and Research Methodology (4 ECTS)

Objective/Learning Outcome

  • The student will obtain an understanding of Philosophy of science
  • The student will obtain an understanding of evidence-based nursing practice. This includes an understanding of how different ontological and epistemological positions influence research and design. Furthermore, how it is possible to assess different research articles

 Upon completion of the course the student will:

  • Describe how different research methodologies influence and frame research
  • Explain how nursing research is connected to the development of clinical nursing practice
  • Reflect on ethical aspects concerning development and research projects
  • Critically assess research articles
  • Discuss and demonstrate knowledge of evidence-based nursing practice
  • Have theoretical insight into central concepts of science theories and how research methodologies relate to science theories
  • Be able to describe how phenomenology, hermeneutics, positivism and critical theory have developed and are related to nursing research
  • Be able to reflect on choice of methodology when planning nursing research
  • Be able to reflect on the use of technology in nursing from different theoretical perspectives
Project Work + Exam (3 ECTS)

Project work

The starting point will be selected parts of the three courses and the student will work with a clinical nursing professional problem demonstrating an academic way of working.

Upon completion of the project work the student will be able to:

  • Identify and describe a nursing professional problem.
  • Work with the nursing professional problem including knowledge based on research and development.
  • Make a conclusion of the problem and put it into the perspective of the nursing profession.
  • Enter into a binding professional collaboration with fellow-students and the lecturer.


Danish students will take an individual theoretical written exam. International students are welcome to participate in this exam or to take another exam made in agreement between the two institutions.

Counseling is offered.

At the last day at the module you will receive a certificate for participation in the module (15 ECTS).

Apply before 1 May 2019

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