in the UK
A unit of open learning materials for nursing and allied health students at the following levels: pre-course students with a knowledge deficit; foundation level students (eg Common Foundation Programme nursing students following the Project 2000 programme); Diploma level students; post-registration nursing students who did not follow the P2000 programme (and therefore received less life sciences classroom coverage); and students studying for further qualifications, up to and including a degree. The benefits to students include a resource for self-education and a gateway to improved practice for the busy health care practitioner and student. By combining the skills and knowledge of seasoned health care professionals with those of experienced educators, this unit gives the student access to high quality educational opportunitites, by removing any institutional barriers (eg teacher availability, time restrictions) that deny this access particularly to part-time workers, night staff, and those with domestic arrangements which exclude convventional course attendence. Benefits to managers and education providers include: students following a course of self-study allows teachers to provide more one to one teaching and reduce class sizes. It also allows time savings to be made on course development and planning. The genetics unit offers approximately 20 hours of study.
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