The ability to select, apply, evaluate and/or develop the most appropriate advanced approach to the solution of problems.
The ability to analyse information to arrive at a management programme.
Application of diverse knowledge to development of appropriate solutions of problems, recognising wide-ranging factors including financial, environmental, health and technological aspects.
Appropriate decision-making regarding management and treatment or referral based on the above and on current evidence.
Enterprise in problem solving.
Advanced Knowledge in the Field and the Application Thereof
Both knowledge and application of that knowledge in the field.
Competence as a practitioner in the field which includes:
> Demonstration of leadership in advanced problem solving.
> Effective and critical use of advanced techniques in the field.
> Showing initiative and ability to work independently with professional responsibility in an advanced field being critically aware of one’s own limitations.
> Appropriate referral to another practitioner where indicated.
The ability to communicate effectively, both generally and professionally, either verbally or in writing.
The ability to work effectively with others in a team, understanding the need to have managerial, communicative, research and educational skills for this purpose.
Shows research competence through the production of a dissertation or research report which demonstrates skills including the ability to evaluate research, review literature, ask relevant research questions, design and perform a study, collect data, perform and interpret statistical analyses on data, interpret results, draw conclusions and write the dissertation or research report in acceptable structure, style and language.
Conducts all research with due regard for the moral, legal and ethical accountability and requirements of the profession.
Practices evidence-based practice by critically evaluating published literature in the field and applies it in practice.
Presents research to colleagues and can publish research findings.
Attitudes and Values
Shows respect for patients and colleagues without prejudice, with an understanding and appreciation of their diversities of background and opportunity, language and culture.
Where applicable, refers patients to practitioners who are more appropriately qualified than he or she is to treat certain conditions.
Demonstrates awareness, through actions or in writing, of the moral, legal and ethical responsibilities involved in individual patient care and the provision of care to populations.
Considers both the impact of health care on the environment as well as the impact of the environment on health.
Strives to improve patient care, to reduce inequalities in health care delivery, to optimise the use of health care resources in our society and uses his or her professional capabilities to contribute to the community as well as to individual patient welfare.
Uses appropriate strategies for learning that will prepare him or her for continued professional development throughout life, both as a practitioner and as a responsible citizen.
Acknowledges responsibility for continuing professional development (CPD) in order to keep up to date with new developments and to maintain accreditation and meet statutory CPD requirements.
Identifies personal limitations and develops the capacity of self-audit and participates in the peer review process, showing a willingness to seek help when necessary.
A research report will serve as the medium for integrated assessment.
Formative assessment will be undertaken on a continuous basis, incorporating seminar presentations and papers, coursework assignments and tasks, as well as reports on research plan. Such methods will assess the students’ progress towards the academic and professional competencies set out in the exit level outcomes listed. The assessment instruments are designed to integrate analytical, theoretical and reflective competence. To pass the course and qualify, the learner must demonstrate the advanced knowledge acquired. Formative assessments will use the modes of self-assessment, peer assessment and internal assessment by members of the academic staff of the Faculty.
Summative assessment will be conducted by means of written examinations, examination of assignments and assessment of research proposal and report. These assessment instruments are designed to integrate practical, theoretical and reflective competence.
Research report or dissertation, seminar presentations and papers, coursework assignments and tasks and written examinations area all forms of summative assessment.