Module Details

Module Code: NURS N9031
Full Title: Transforming Professional Practice Through Reflection
Valid From:: Semester 1 - 2021/22 ( September 2021 )
Language of Instruction:English
Duration: 1 Semester
Credits:: 10
Module Owner::
  • Geraldine O'Connor
  • Myles Hackett
Departments: Nursing Midwifery & Early Years
Module Description: This module aims to facilitate the development of the learner as a critically reflective practitioner. Through the process of critical emancipatory reflection, learners will be enabled to critically explore and challenge traditional assumptions relating to practice. Consequently it is envisaged that learners will transform their professional practice. Furthermore learners will be equipped with the skills and knowledge to enable on-going reflection on practice.
Module Learning Outcome
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
# Module Learning Outcome Description
MLO1 Demonstrate the skill of critical emancipatory reflection, through the medium of reflective writing and discussion.
MLO2 Develop critical awareness and independent perspectives on contemporary national and global issues impacting on practice
MLO3 Critically analyse and debate socio-cultural, economic, political, religious, and historical issues that impact on practice.
MLO4 Articulate transformational learning in the context of personal and professional development.
MLO5 Synthesise and integrate knowledge from various domains, demonstrating a breadth and depth of knowledge within disciplines.
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations
This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is strongly recommended before enrolment in this module. You may enrol in this module if you have not acquired the recommended learning but you will have considerable difficulty in passing (i.e. achieving the learning outcomes of) the module. While the prior learning is expressed as named DkIT module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).
No recommendations listed
Module Indicative Content
Critical emancipatory reflection
Theoretical underpinnings of the concept of reflection Theoretical frameworks/ Models/ Cycles for reflection Critical emancipatory reflection/ transformational learning through reflection; The process of reflective writing
Identification of own values, beliefs, assumptions, strengths, limitations and challenges in practice Critical awareness of the impact of the wider contextual environment on practice; Critical awareness of theoretical underpinnings of socialisation theory/ processes that inform practice; Critical awareness of the professionalization of nursing
Module Assessment
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Module Special Regulation


Part Time On Campus

Course Work
Assessment Type Continuous Assessment % of Total Mark 30
Marks Out Of 100 Pass Mark 40
Timing n/a Learning Outcome 1,2,3,4,5
Duration in minutes 0
Assessment Description
Seminar; Learners are required to engage in a seminar presentation that will form the basis for their written assignment. The seminar presentation will be a catalyst to facilitate learners to critically explore a discipline/practice issue and expose it to the insights and understandings of their peers. As the director of this learning experience, the learner will guide the seminar discussion with questions that ask their peers to make connections between the chosen issue and their own experience, thus enabling new insights and learning integration.
Assessment Type Essay % of Total Mark 70
Marks Out Of 100 Pass Mark 40
Timing n/a Learning Outcome 1,2,3,4,5
Duration in minutes 0
Assessment Description
2500 word assignment; Through the process of critical emancipatory reflection and the medium of reflective writing, :earners are required to critically reflect on a significant discipline/practice issue, clearly demonstrating the development of new
independent perspectives that will inform/transform future practice/service
No Project
No Practical
No Final Examination
Reassessment Requirement
A repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.

DKIT reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

This module has no Full Time On Campus workload.
Workload: Part Time On Campus
Workload Type Contact Type Workload Description Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload Hours
Lecture Contact Keynote lectures to facilitate understanding of the theoretical principles underpinning critical emancipatory reflection Once per semester 1.60 24
Tutorial Contact Learners will be facilitated with in-class group tutorials wherein the application of the process of critical emancipatory reflection and reflective writing at MSc level will be explored. Once per semester 0.40 6
Practical Contact Student-led workshops wherein the learner facilitates a reflective practice session with their peers relating to their practice issue. Once per semester 0.40 6
Total Weekly Learner Workload 2.40
Total Weekly Contact Hours 2.40
Module Resources
Recommended Book Resources
  • Fook, J. and Gardner, F.. (2007), Practising Critical Reflection: A Resource Handbook, Open University Press, [ISBN: 9780335522].
  • White, Sue,Fook, Jan,Gardner, Fiona. (2006), Critical Reflection In Health And Social Care, McGraw-Hill Education (UK), p.273, [ISBN: 0335218784].
  • Jennifer A. Moon. (2004), A Handbook of Reflective and Experiential Learning, Psychology Press, p.252, [ISBN: 0415335167].
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Bairbre Redmond. (2006), Reflection in Action, Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., p.163, [ISBN: 0754649555].
  • Brookfield,Jack Mezirow,Candy. (1990), Fostering Critical Reflection in Adulthood, Jossey-Bass, p.388, [ISBN: 1555422071].
  • Neil Thompson,Sue Thompson. (2008), The Critically Reflective Practitioner, Palgrave, p.200, [ISBN: 0230573185].
  • Gary Rolfe,Dawn Freshwater,Melanie Jasper. (2001), Critical Reflection for Nursing and the Helping Professions, Palgrave MacMillan, p.194, [ISBN: 0333777956].
  • Donald A. Schön. (1991), The Reflective Practitioner, Routledge, p.374, [ISBN: 1857423194].
  • Gillie Bolton. (2010), Reflective Practice, SAGE Publications, p.279, [ISBN: 184860212X].
  • Taylor, Beverley. (2010), Reflective Practice For Healthcare Professionals, McGraw-Hill Education (UK), p.228, [ISBN: 0335238351].
  • Christopher Johns. (2009), Becoming a Reflective Practitioner, John Wiley & Sons, p.360, [ISBN: 1405185678].
  • Ghaye, T.. (2910), Teaching and Learning Through Reflective Practice: A Practical Guide for Positive Action, Routledge, [ISBN: 0415570956].
  • World Health Organisation. (2010), Framework for Action on Interprofessional Education and Collaboration.
  • Laura Béres,Jan Fook. Learning Critical Reflection, [ISBN: 1138491306].
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources
  • Journal, :. Reflective Practice: International and Multidisciplinary Perspectives:.
  • Journal, Journal of Interprofessional Care:.
  • Journal, The Journal of Interprofessional Care.
  • Journal, The Journal of Management Education.
  • Journal, International Practice Development Journal.
  • Journal, Nursing Philosophy.
  • Journal, Management Learning.
  • Journal, Journal of Advanced Nursing.
  • Journal, Journal of Clinical Nursing.
  • Website, World Health Organisation.