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Senior Fresh (2nd Year)

Shared with all Nursing and Midwifery students

Elective Modules

Introduction to Observational Astronomy

This module aims to introduce students to the science and practice of astronomy.  Allowing students to explore the origins of the solar system and introduce some cosmological concepts pertinent to understanding how the universe came about and what its future holds. It will provide students the opportunity to undertake practical astronomy and to use telescopes and binoculars.

Perspectives on Deafness

This module introduces students to the range of ways in which deafness and Deaf people are categorised – by medical personnel, by hearing people, and by the Deaf community.

Statistics for Healthcare Professionals

The World Health Organisation, the United Nations, the Department of Health and Children and all major international and national organisations have recognised the need for healthcare professions to base treatments, intervention, policy and planning on sound evidence. Part of this evidence is derived from the analysis and compilation of appropriate statistics. In today’s ever changing professional environment it is essential that healthcare professionals are comfortable working with data and deriving and interpreting basic statistics. This module aims to stimulate your interest in, and knowledge and appreciation of healthcare statistics. It will provide you with some key transferable skills that will be useful in all professions. The emphasis in the course will be on applying the techniques to healthcare data and on understanding and interpreting results in real life data sets.

Introduction to Race and Ethnicity

This module introduces participants to the concepts of ‘race’ and ‘ethnicity’ and national identity/citizenship locating ‘race’ within social, economic and political relations and situating ‘race’ and racism in relation to other divisions such as class, religion and gender. Issues specific to Irish society will include the Irish Traveller community and the links between racialisation and the asylum/migration processes. Specifically the course addresses issues of race and ethnicity as they relate to nursing practice and the Irish health profession.

Contribution to Society

The overall aim of this module is to provide students with an opportunity to actively contribute to society in a voluntary capacity in an area that is not directly related to nursing practice. Students will plan the type of placement, its location and the key skills and activities they will focus on achieving during their chosen placement. Organising and achieving the aims of this placement is expected to encourage students to develop and control an aspect of their education they feel contributes to their personal and professional development.

Madness in the Movies

This module aims to introduce students to the portrayal of mental illness in contemporary film and to encourage them to develop a critical approach to reading film. Students are also encouraged to review their own personal development and professional practice related to their comprehension of mental illness.