NURS4602: Applied Social Science for Enrolled Nurses New Zealand Diploma in Enrolled Nursing
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School of Health
Te Kura Hauora
Course Title Applied Social Science for Enrolled Nurses
Code NURS4602
Level 4
Credits 15
Pre-requisites Nil
Status Compulsory
Hours Learning Type Hours
Tutor Directed 90
Self-Directed 60
Total Hours 150
To enable students to understand key concepts from developmental, cultural and social theories and
how these influence the health of consumers, families/whanau and the community.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this course the student will be able to:
1. Discuss the application of theories of human development across the lifespan and their relevance
to the provision of care to health consumers.
2. Describe the concept of cultural safety in nursing practice and explain the role of Te Tiriti o
Waitangi/Treaty of Waitangi and its relationship to the experience of the health consumer.
3. Discuss the socio-political and cultural influences that impact on the delivery of health care for
health consumer, family/whanau and communities.
4. Identify and discuss diversity and attitudinal behaviours that impact on health care delivery and
the health of the health consumer, family/whanau and communities.
• Theory of human development across the lifespan and implications for practice
• Cultural safety in health care delivery
• Sociological perspectives and implications for practice
• Working with diversity
• Stigma and discrimination
• Health Promotion
Course Requirements
To successfully achieve in this course each summative assessment must be passed.
Further information and explanations relating to student requirements and expectations can be found
in the Academic Statutes, the Student Manual and your Programme Handbook on Moodle.
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Student Directed Learning
Students will be expected to complete the following self-directed learning activities in their own time:
Activity Evidence
Assessment preparation Student completes assignment/s on time, and is prepared for
supervised assessments
Group study Notes, activities or output meet assessment task requirements
Independent study Student engages in a variety of tutor recommended or selfselected
materials to meet assessment outcomes
Information gathering,
Student discusses gathered information in tutor-directed activities,
and in assessment (including evidence for portfolio)
Moodle activities Student participates and contributes to forums, including research
and presentation material.
Formative Learning Activities
All courses include formative learning activities to support student success. All formative activities are
expected to be undertaken; students who do not complete formative activities may not be granted
reassessment opportunities.
Summative Assessment/s
Assessment Due Date Pass
Criteria Weighting Outcomes
1. Written Assignment 7 June 2018 C 50% 1
2. Exam 24 August 2018 C+ 50% 2 – 4
Assessment Submission
Assessments must be submitted electronically by 9:00am on the due date, unless otherwise advised.
Required Text/s
Koutoukidis, G., Stainton K., & Hughson, J. (Eds.). (2017). Tabbner’s nursing care: Theory and practice
(7th ed.). Chatswood, Australia: Elsevier.
Essential Readings
Any other readings that are essential to student learning in this course will be made available in your
programme’s Moodle site or alternatively on Closed Reserve in the Library. Your tutor will give you
more details.
It is expected that students will independently access a wide variety of relevant literature.
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Summative Written Assignment
To assess the student’s knowledge of human development theories across the lifespan and the
relevance to the provision of care.
Assessment Task
Write an assignment covering the areas outlined below. Refer to your student handbook for guidelines
in assignment presentation and APA referencing.
1. Choose one of the following age groups:
• children
• adolescence
• young adult
• middle aged
• older person
2. Introduction: outline the content of your assignment (approximately 100 words).
3. a. Describe two human development theories (approximately 500 words).
b. Explain how you would use one of these theories when caring for the age group you have
c. Discuss three social issues that affect your chosen age group.
d. Provide an example of a cultural influence from New Zealand context on your chosen age
e. Include three or more references from a variety of sources using APA referencing format.
4. Conclusion: summarise your findings (approximately 100 words).
Word Count: 1200 words (+/- 10%)
Grading: This assessment is graded using the Assignment rubric in the Programme Handbook.
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Summative Prepared Answer Exam
To assess students against learning outcomes 2, 3 and 4.
Assessment Task
Complete a 60 minute exam consisting of four short answer questions. You will be asked to describe,
discuss or identify issues related to the content below:
• Cultural safety in relation to nursing practice
• Treaty of Waitangi and its relationship to professional health care
• Socio-political impacts on health
• Diversity and attitudinal behaviours
• Impact of health care delivery on individuals, families/whanau and communities
• Health promotion
You may bring preparation notes that you have developed into the exam. These notes should be on a
single A4 sheet of paper (written on both sides) and must be handed in with your exam.
Grading: Pass Grade: C+
This assessment is graded as follows:
Percentage Value Grade
90-100% A+
80-89% A
75-79% B+
65-74% B
60-64% C+
≤59% D


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