Planning, monitoring, and subsequent treatment of patients



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Learning Outcomes


On successful completion of this assessment and this module, you will have demonstrated your ability to:


  1. Critically appraise assessment, planning, monitoring, and subsequent treatment of patients presenting with acute illness.


  2. Critically evaluate their own professional practice in relation to the management of acutely ill patients.


  3. Critically reflect upon, and demonstrate competence in, the theory and practice related to acute illness.


Summative Assessments [Graded Assessments]

Assessment Component 1

Using a case study approach, students will discuss and reflect on the care management of an acutely ill patient, taking account of best available evidence (2500 words).

Assessment Component 2

Students will demonstrate a systematic approach to managing an acutely ill patient through a presentation with audio (e.g. PowerPoint) (example).

Assessment Component:

Assessment weighting:                


Assessed module learning outcome(s):


2,500 words

1 & 2



6-10 slides,
4-8 min of audio


Deadline submission date and time: 

Provisional feedback released:

Component 1

07 December 2021 – 23.59 PM UK time

Component 1

10 January 2022- 09.00 AM UK time 

Component 2

07 December 2021 – 23.59 PM UK time

Component 2

10 January 2022 – 09.00 AM UK time

Your work will be marked anonymously: Markers will not be aware of which student has written the work that is being marked. Provisional grades will be reviewed by an Internal Moderator and the External Examiner. You will be notified of the ratified grade one week after the Assessment Board which is held on the week ending 21 January 2022.


Summative Assessment [Graded Assessment] Guidelines


Coursework 1


 Acutely Ill Patient Care Case

  • No individuals (including patients and staff) should be contacted.
  • No medical, health or any other records should be used.
  • Confidentiality needs to be maintained including the explicit use of pseudonyms and, as appropriate, removal or modification of personal identifiers.


Episode of Care

  • Only one episode of care should be discussed – the episode of care that is discussed needs to be identified at the start.


  • The focus should be the patient.

Patient Case

Can be a:

  • Patient recently or previously encountered by you or colleagues.
  • Patient in your current or previous health settings.
  • Patient you have professionally and anonymously discussed with other professionals.
  • Patient encountered during student placement (during your nursing training).
  • Made-up case study, accommodating issues you would like to explore, within the confinements of the Learning Outcomes.

Cannot be a case from:

  • Journals.
  • The internet.
  • Books.
  • Published sources.
  • Similar sources to the above.



Brief, key background information, relevant literature including explaining what the case of acute illness is and  what the work will explore.


Patient information

Demographic of the patient, the patient’s main compliant/s, relevant medical, and psychosocial history, management of the patient and reflection.



Discussion of the relevant literature, arguments with rationale, inferences explained, lessons learnt or what we can take from the discussions, considerations for practice and/or research going forward, strengths and/or limitations.



Coursework 2

Using a systematic approach demonstrate the management of a patient with acute illness. Presentation  of 6-10 slides with recorded audio 4-8 minutes



Formative Assessment

In preparation for the summative assessment all students will be required to engage in the activities in the different units of the ‘Study Materials’. These need to be posted on the Discussion Board.



On the following page you will find the rubric that your tutor will use for marking. The rubric will help identify different areas of strength and those areas in need of further improvement. Your tutor will also provide personalised feedback and feedforward in relation to your achievement of the Learning Outcomes for this module. 

Level 6






Very Good









Very Poor

Critical Analysis and Evaluation


Exceptional level of critical analysis & evaluation A high level of critical analysis & evaluation A very good level of critical analysis & evaluation A good level of critical analysis & evaluation A fair level of critical analysis & evaluation Lack of critical analysis and evaluation Significant lack of critical analysis & evaluation Very significant lack of critical analysis & evaluation

Originality of Ideas



originality of ideas

A high level of originality in ideas Significant originality of ideas Good originality of ideas Some originality of ideas Lack of originality of ideas Lack of evidence of originality of ideas Very significant lack of evidence of originality of ideas

Research Informed



well researched

Very well researched Well researched Quite well researched Adequately researched A lack of research evidence Significant lack of research evidence Very significant lack of research evidence

Knowledge and Understanding of Area




Knowledge; trivial errors

A high level of knowledge; trivial and minor errors Very good knowledge and understanding demonstrated Good knowledge and understanding demonstrated Sufficient knowledge and understanding demonstrated  Misunderstandings and errors in knowledge and understanding Significant lack of knowledge & understanding Very significant lack of knowledge & understanding

Clarity and Coherence
inc. structure and logical flow



clarity of ideas; excellent coherence & logic

A high level of clarity of ideas coherence & logic Overall the work is clear & coherent Generally clear & coherent Fairly clear & coherent Work lacks some clarity & coherence Poor clarity & coherence to work Very poor clarity & coherence

inc. grammar, spelling and referencing





High quality presentation A very good standard of presentation A good standard of presentation Acceptable standard of presentation Presentation requires improvement Significantly requires improvement Very significantly requires improvement


Assessment Presentation 

Presentation is an important part of your academic work. Please follow the presentation guidelines below. 

Title Page

Your title page must include: 1) the name of the university, 2) the course title, 3) the module code and title, 4) the name of the module tutor, 5) the word count, and 6) statements (see below).

Originality statement

‘I declare that this assessment is my own work and that I have correctly acknowledged the work of others using the Harvard referencing. This assessment is in accordance with University guidance on good academic conduct.’

Confidentiality statement (if applicable)

‘I declare that confidentiality of people discussed in this work is maintained; there is no identifiable information of these individuals.’


Your manuscript needs to;

•        Include page numbers (pages should be numbered at the top right).

•        Be double-spaced

•        Have a 1-inch (2.54 cm) margin, Times New Roman or Arial, 12 font. 

•        Maintain the confidentiality of service users/patients/clients and persons associated with them, service colleagues and organisations. 

•        Include a reference list (Harvard referencing), headed with ‘References’ centred, do not make it bold. Please refer to Cite Them Right

•        Use ‘the author’ to describe yourself (however you can use ‘I’ or ‘my’ etc. in self-reflection e.g., this phenomenon was often present in my practice).




Useful Links


Library Activity: Night of the Hungry, Hungry Robot! Online Escape Room!: 


Assessment regulations: (sections F and E).

Study Skills: 

Turnitin (video): 

IT Service Centre: 

Cite Them Right:








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