Outside the UK
This module explores healthcare provision from predominately a UK perspective. The module team have ensured that the module is relevant to the Republic of Ireland. Where policies are highlighted, students from the Republic of Ireland should consider content from the perspective of relevant local and national policy.
Teaching and assessment
Support from your tutor
For this module you are allocated a module tutor who will help you with the study material and mark and comment on your written work, and whom you can ask for advice and guidance. Apart from the initial module briefing – all of your tuition will be delivered online or through other virtual means. Contact with your tutor will be through email, online discussion forums and telephone communication.
Through the online discussion forums, you will have opportunity to debate issues that arise in your studies and practice based learning. It is therefore important that you actively take part in the forums. You will also have an opportunity to discuss, both with your tutor and with fellow students, any other issues and concerns that you have. If you are new to the OU, you will find that your tutor is particularly concerned to help you with your study methods.
If you encounter difficulties, either with your understanding of ideas and concepts from the module or with your study skills, your tutor or a specialist tutor (for example in supporting students with dyslexia) can help. If you do need extra support or arrangements to accommodate any special requirements, you can access the services provided by your OU regional or national centre. These cover preparation and induction, learning skills support (including examination preparation), services to students with a disability or additional requirement and educational and careers advice and guidance.
You will also be allocated a practice tutor – a knowledgeable practitioner who will meet with you and your supervisor at the beginning of the module to explain the portfolio and practice assessment requirements and answer any questions. The practice tutor will also be available to you via email/ telephone should any queries arise during the module. Around the mid point of the module there is a formal arrangement for the practice tutor to contact you via telephone or email to check how your practice-based learning is going and to discuss any concerns you or your supervisor may have. Towards the end of the module another meeting will be held with your supervisor and you to confirm the practice assessment requirements and respond to any remaining queries.
Contact our Student Registration & Enquiry Service if you want to know more about study with The Open University before you register.
The assessment details for this module can be found in the facts box above.
You will be expected to submit your tutor-marked assignments (TMAs) online through the eTMA system unless there are some difficulties which prevent you from doing so. In these circumstances, you must negotiate with your tutor to get their agreement to submit your assignment on paper.
The end-of-module assessment (EMA) is a portfolio and a project based on your portfolio.
The details given here are for the module that starts in September 2014. We expect it to be available once a year.
As a student of The Open University, you should be aware of the content of the Module Regulations and the Student Regulations which are available on our Essential documents website.