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GDip, BSc and DipHE
Health and Social Care Practice
January 2014 intake
Section 1 Introduction
1.1 Introduction to the Department
1.2 The purpose of this handbook
1.3 Where else can I find information?
1.4 If things go wrong
Section 2 Your department
2.1 Welcome to your department
2.2 Departmental office
2.3 Staff contacts
2.4 Communicating with the Department
2.5 Seminar rooms and offices
2.6 Departmental facilities
2.7 Health, Safety and Security
2.8 Your Supervisor
2.9 Departmental committees
2.10 Course Reps
2.11 Equality and diversity
Section 3 Your programme
3.1 Studying Health and Social Care (Psychosocial Interventions) at York
3.2 Supervision for your specific programme
3.3 Programme structure
3.4 Accreditation for prior learning (APL)
3.7 Professional, Statutory and Regulatory Body (PSRB) Accreditation
3.8 Funding information
3.9 Problems with your programme
3.10 Making a Complaint
3.11 Change your plan
3.12 Glossary of terms for your programme
Section 4 Teaching and Learning
4.1 Studying at university
4.2 Teaching methods
4.4 What if I am ill and cannot attend scheduled teaching sessions?
4.5 Academic integrity – compulsory exercise to complete in term one
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4.6 Academic misconduct
4.7 Fitness to Practise
Section 5 Study skills and support
5.1 Managing your workload through private study
5.2 Reading lists
5.4 Online resources – IT services, VLE and others
5.5 Student Skills Hub
5.6 Languages for All (LFA)
5.7 Centre for English Language Teaching (CELT)
5.8 Accessibility and Disability Support
5.10 Activities and Societies
Section 6 Assessment, Progression and Award
6.1 Guide to Assessment
6.2 Assessment methods
6.3 Assessment format and submission of work
6.5 Formal examination/OSCE requirements
6.6 External Examiners
6.7 Feedback on assessment
6.8 How is my work marked?
6.9 How can I tell if I’m making progress?
6.10 What happens if I fail a module?
6.11 Resits, repeats and readmission
6.12 Programme extensions and termination
6.13 Mitigating Circumstances
6.14 Making an Appeal
6.15 Your final degree classification (BSc only)
Section 7 Personal Development and Employability
7.2 Personal Development Planning (PDP)
Section 8 Index
1.1 Introduction to the Department Welcome to the Department of Health Sciences.
I am delighted you have decided to study with us. I do hope you will take full advantage of the educational, cultural and social opportunities offered by the University.
We are a large, vibrant, multidisciplinary department with an international reputation for the quality of our research and education - but are small and friendly enough to get to know you individually and guide you in developing your career.
Rated equal first in the UK for the quality of our Health Services research, we were also named ‘Top Department in England for Nursing’ by The Guardian in its 2014 league table. We are especially proud of our reputation for high quality teaching which is underpinned by our excellent research. Last year 100% of our nursing and midwifery graduates were in a professional role within six months of finishing.
We have over 250 staff members engaged in providing high quality research and a broad range of educational programmes, from undergraduate to postgraduate degrees, and a wide variety of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) courses.
This handbook has been prepared to cover the information you will need for your programme or course and to assist you as a student in the Department. Please read it through and use it as your first point of reference. If you have any concerns, our Student Information Service team, located on the ground floor of the Seebohm Rowntree Building, stands ready to help.
On behalf of everyone in Health Sciences, I wish you an enjoyable and successful programme of study.
Hilary Graham Head of Department
1.2 The purpose of this handbook This handbook is a reference guide to help you and should be kept for reference alongside the University Handbook.
It provides a comprehensive introduction to your department and information on all aspects of your degree programme.
It outlines what you should expect of your department and what they can expect from you, and clarifies the policies and procedures relevant to your area of study.
This departmental handbook should be kept for reference alongside the University Handbook. The University Handbook provides information on central services and support for students, including accommodation, finance, living in York and further advice on careers and study skills.
You should also log in to the Student Homepage for your personalised timetable, information and news. For general information you can search the student pages from this site via the left-hand side navigation.
We have developed our departmental Student Intranet to enable you to access electronic learning material such as this programme handbook, your assessment schedule, your module descriptors and information that is pertinent to your programme of study. The Student Intranet also includes general information relevant to Health Sciences students such as departmental policies, Board of Studies briefings, guidelines on referencing, together with links to relevant pages on the main University website.
You can access the Student Intranet by visiting www.york.ac.uk/healthsciences/student-intranet/
We hope that you’ll count your time at University amongst the best experiences of your life. However, it is important that you know where to go to and who to turn to, should you experience any difficulties.
Your first point of call within the Department is the Student Information Service in the Seebohm Rowntree Building. A full range of services and information is available to all students, particularly those with specific professional related queries. Visit: https://www.york.ac.uk/healthsciences/student-intranet/student-support/ The University has a set of web pages dedicated to providing general support for you if things go wrong. For further information, visit: www.york.ac.uk/students/help/
Whilst the University tries to ensure that information contained in this document is accurate when published, the University does not accept liability for any inaccuracies contained within it. Where circumstances occur or change outside the reasonable control of the University, the University reserves the right to change or cancel parts of, or entire, programmes of study or services at any time without liability, before or after students have registered at the University. Circumstances outside the University’s reasonable control include: industrial action, over or underdemand from students, staff illness, lack of funding, severe weather, fire, civil disorder, political unrest, government restrictions and concern regarding risk of transmission of serious illness. The University’s contract with its students does not confer third party benefits under the Contract (Rights of Third Parties) Act 1999.
2.1 Welcome to your department You are now a member of an academic department. The department is made up of teaching staff, researchers, support staff and other students like you.
Academic teaching staff - they are there as leaders in their field willing to share their expertise and experience to help you learn, grow and push the boundaries of your capabilities and knowledge. Your supervisor is there to help guide your studies and to monitor your progress over your degree programme.
Support staff - they are the mechanics behind making the department run smoothly. They will communicate important information, provide technical assistance and help signpost you to other services and support you might need within the University.
You are now also part of a student community belonging to your department. Course reps are there to help represent your views to the department and to the University – so there is always a way to get your views heard.
The Department delivers full-time pre-registration professional programmes, part-time post-registration programmes and free-standing modules. The Department also works in partnership with York College to deliver programmes, providing opportunities for students without traditional entry qualifications. The Department aims to develop the role of scientific evidence in health and healthcare through high quality research, teaching and other forms of dissemination. The Department of Health Sciences is one of the largest departments on campus and supports hundreds of students each year on a broad range of taught and research programmes.
2.2 Departmental office
The departmental Student Information Service function supports all Health Sciences students and acts as a first point of contact if students need information or assistance. The Student Information Service team are all experienced in dealing with a diverse range of enquiries and student contact is undertaken in a sensitive and confidential manner. The common aim for the Student Information Service is to work towards making the student
experience as fulfilling and enjoyable as possible. For more information visit:
www.york.ac.uk/healthsciences/student-intranet/student-support/student-services/ The Student Information Service is open Monday-Thursday from 8.00am to 4.30pm and from 8.30am to 4.30pm on Friday.
Staff contact information can be found on our Student Intranet, including information of staff in key departmental roles. For further information, visit: https://www.york.ac.uk/healthsciences/our-staff/ 2.4 Communicating with the Department Email It is essential that you use your University email account. This is the sole means of electronic communication and no other email addresses will be used.
Amongst other information your University email will be used to send vital information such as:
• any revisions to your teaching rooms or assessment dates • your assessment feedback • information regarding reassessment arrangements • mitigation claim outcomes • your progression and result information • enrolment information If you do not receive key information, such as reassessment arrangements, failure to check your University email cannot be used as grounds for mitigation.
If you experience any problems accessing your University email account you must resolve this quickly with IT Services. Their contact details can be found at: http://www.york.ac.uk/it-services/ Email etiquette You should use your University email account when communicating with the Department. To assist email
communication we request that you adhere to the following guidance:
use a concise and specific email subject line; where relevant please include your programme sign off your email with your full name and student ID number (nine digit student number – not your seven digit exam number) please note this is regarded as formal communication which will be filed on your student record, you are requested to avoid using unprofessional language such as text abbreviations Noticeboards In addition we communicate to student groups through noticeboards located in the reception area near the Student Information Service in the Seebohm Rowntree building. Noticeboards are organised by programme.
General information including flyers for study days and conferences will be disseminated on the relevant noticeboards.
Departmental staff are located within two buildings on campus, Seebohm Rowntree and ARRC, both of which are situated within Alcuin College. Teaching occurs across the University campus, details will be provided through your timetable.
Clinical Simulation Unit (CSU) The newly refurbished Clinical Simulation Unit (CSU) within the Seebhom Rowntree building has been open for ten years; providing our students with the opportunity to learn and practice skills in a safe and supportive learning environment.
The CSU is a learning environment, including equipment and integrated interactive IT facilities. Flexible teaching and assessment spaces include four smaller pods for teaching or private study and an integral flat for teaching within community settings. There are sophisticated cameras and AV equipment, which can be used to stream scenarios live into lecture theatres as well as enabling the recording of teaching sessions and assessments for staff and students to evaluate.
2.7 Health, Safety and Security For information about the University’s Health, Safety and Security policy, visit: www.york.ac.uk/admin/hsas/ In order to maintain safety for students for whom lone working is part of their placement experience the Department provides specific guidance which is available on: https://www.york.ac.uk/healthsciences/practiceed-support/student-safety/
2.8 Your Supervisor The Department will allocate you an academic supervisor who is there to offer you support and advice throughout your programme of study.