Teaching & Learning

1. Programme Design
1.1  The Programme is designed to elevate nurses’ quality in nursing knowledge and professional competences to meet the professional development and to satisfy the need of people for health and well-being .The selected teaching and learning strategies include lectures, seminars, tutorials, laboratory work, multimedia and online learning platform, and Clinical Study. The Programme endeavours to facilitate the integration of theoretical knowledge and clinical practice.
1.2  This programme adopts credit system to calculate the learning hour of each subject. One credit is equivalent to fifteen learning hours; each learning hour refers to one clock hour of lecture/seminar/tutorial, or one and a half clock hours of laboratory work, or three clock hours of Clinical Study on average.

2. Subject Credit
Subject Title
Credits
Fundamental Subjects(Compulsory Subjects, 30Credits in total)
  BSN112: 中文 [Chinese Language]
3
  BSN111: English I
2
  BSN128: English II
2
  BSN238: English III
2
  BSN113: Psychology
3
  BSN116: Human Biology I- Anatomy
3
  BSN117: Human Biology II- Physiology, Biochemistry
4
  BSN121: Sociology
3
  BSN123: Pharmacology
2
  BSN124: Pathophysiology
3
  BSN125: Microbiology- Immunology
3
Nursing Fundamentals(Compulsory Subjects, 15Credits in total)
  BSN115: Fundamentals of Nursing I
4
  BSN126: Fundamentals of Nursing II
3
  BSN122: Health Assessment
3
  BSN233: Introduction to Nursing Research
2
  BSN243: Ethical and Legal Aspects of Nursing
3
Nursing Subjects(Compulsory Subjects, 30Credits in total)
  BSN231: Childbearing and Family Health Nursing
3
  BSN242: Child and Adolescent Health Nursing
3
  BSN251: Adult Nursing I – Maintenance of Oxygenation 4
  BSN252: Adult Nursing II – Mobility and Rest
2
  BSN356: Adult Nursing III – Nutrition and Metabolism 2
  BSN357: Adult Nursing IV – Elimination and Sexuality
2
  BSN358: Adult Nursing V – Sensation and Perception
2
  BSN352: Gerontological Nursing
3
  BSN361: Community Health Nursing
3
  BSN362: Mental Health Nursing
3
  BSN471: Nursing Management
3
Clinical Study(Compulsory Subjects, 40Credits in total)
  BSN127: Preliminary Clinical Study
2
  BSN234: Clinical Study I
3
  BSN245: Clinical Study II
3
  BSN353: Clinical Study III
3
  BSN364: Clinical Study IV 6
  BSN472: Clinical Study V
23
Elective Subjects (6 Credits or above)
  BSN501: Philosophy
3
  BSN502: Epidemiology
2
  BSN503: Nursing Theory
2
  BSN504: Professional Issues in Nursing
2
  BSN505: Clinical Reasoning and Decision Making
2
  BSN508: Health Statistics
2
  BSN239: Health Education and Promotion
2
  BSN363: Traditional Chinese Medicine and Nursing
3
  BSN509: Exchange Clinical Study(40 Hours)
1
  BSN509: Exchange Clinical Study(80 Hours)
2
  BSN510: Professional/Academic Seminars(4 Sessions)
1
  BSN510: Professional/Academic Seminars(8 Sessions) 2
  BSN511: English IV 2
  BSN512: Service Related Student Activity(50 Hours) 1
  BSN512: Service Related Student Activity(90 Hours) 2
  BSN513: Hospice and Palliative Care 2
  BSN514: Life and Death Education 2

3. Inter-subject relationship
The subject combination is shown in Figure 3. The design of subjects for each year of study is scheduled from simple to complicated, from theory to practice, covering subjects ranging from fundamentals to specialty or expertise. The fundamental subjects are the foundation of BSN education, including general subjects such as the language and humanistic subjects. In addition, fundamental subjects in relation to the nursing profession are also provided, such as Human Biology, Pathophysiology, Microbiology–Immunology, Pharmacology, etc., which are designed to lay a foundation for the relevant nursing education and individual development.

 
The fundamental subjects in nursing include Health Assessment, Fundamentals of Nursing I & II which can equip students with basic nursing skills and knowledge to prepare for further professional studies. Other nursing subjects like Childbearing and Family Health Nursing, Child and Adolescent Health Nursing, Adult Nursing I-V, Gerontological Nursing, Mental Health Nursing and Community Health Nursing, etc. are all professional nursing sciences provided for students so that they can grow to be competent to give relative nursing services to meet a variety of health care needs among citizens of different ages and backgrounds.
 
In order to consolidate students’ nursing knowledge, the curriculum design is also involved in the concept of relevant subjects, e.g. Nursing Management, Introduction to Nursing Research, Epidemiology, Ethical and Legal Aspects of Nursing as well as Health Education and Promotion. Clinical study, an essential aspect of nursing professional development, is running through the four years’ studies. In the first academic year, clinical observation and exercise are scheduled for students to identify the general function of a nurse and nursing skills. Then as the Programme moves on, contents and hours of Clinical Study will increase accordingly in order to strengthen what students have acquired from the classroom in terms of nursing knowledge and techniques. During various subject studies ranging from basics to fundamentals of nursing or up to specialty nursing, the curriculum is designed to cultivate students’ individual professional knowledge and ethical conduct. Meanwhile, the subjects of Philosophy, Health Statistics as well as Clinical Reasoning and Decision Making are also provided to develop students’ personal abilities so that they can train to be professional nurses upon graduation, armed with power to solve problems and handle cases in evidence-based methods, with good communication and decision-making skills.
 
The design of subjects (Figure 3) puts importance on the balance of development between theory and practice while a variety of flexible teaching and tutoring methods e.g. case study, symposium, clinical study, etc. are also used during teaching of every nursing subject so that students’ study enthusiasm and participation are inspired. Details of subject design are shown in Table 1.

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Figure 3: Subject Combination of BSN Programme
 
Table 1 Subject and Clinical Study Arrangements of BSN Programme
Year
Semester
Subject
Clinical Study Hours
Credit
Theoretical
Hours
Theoretical/
Clinical Credit
1
1st
Semester
BSN111:English I
 
2
30
19
BSN112:中文 [Chinese Language]
3
45
BSN113: Psychology
3
45
BSN115: Fundamentals of Nursing I
4
60
BSN116: Human Biology I – Anatomy
3
45
BSN117: Human Biology II –Physiology, Biochemistry
4
60
2nd Semester
BSN121: Sociology
 
5Ds/W x 2Ws
(80 Hours)
 
 
3
45
19/2
BSN122: Health Assessment
3
45
BSN123: Pharmacology
2
30
BSN124: Pathophysiology
3
45
BSN125: Microbiology- Immunology
3
45
BSN126: Fundamentals of Nursing II
3
45
BSN128: English II
2
30
BSN127: Preliminary Clinical Study
2
 
2
3rd Semester
 
BSN231:  Childbearing and Family Health Nursing
5Ds/W x 4Ws
(160 Hours)
3
45
10/3
BSN242: Child and Adolescent Health Nursing
3
45
BSN233: Introduction to Nursing Research
2
30
BSN238: English III
2
30
BSN234: Clinical Study I
3
 
4th Semester
BSN251: Adult Nursing I – Maintenance of Oxygenation
5Ds/W x 4Ws
(160 Hours)
4
60
BSN252: Adult Nursing II – Mobility and Rest
2
30
9/3
BSN243:  Ethical and Legal Aspects of Nursing
3
45
BSN245: Clinical Study II
3
 
3
 
 
 
5th Semester
BSN356: Adult Nursing III – Nutrition and Metabolism
5Ds/W x 4Ws
(160 Hours)
2
30
9/3
BSN357: Adult Nursing IV – Elimination and Sexuality
2
30
BSN358:  Adult Nursing V–Sensation and Perception
2
30
BSN471: Nursing Management
 3
45
BSN353: Clinical Study III
 3
 
6th
Semester
 
 
BSN361: Community Health Nursing
5Ds/W x 8Ws
(320 Hours)
3
45
9/6
 
BSN362: Mental Health Nursing
3
45
BSN352: Gerontological Nursing
3
45
BSN364: Clinical Study IV
6
 
4
7th & 8th Semester
BSN472: Clinical Study V
4Ds/W x 30Ws
(960 Hours)
23
 
 
Total
4 years
 
1840 Hours
115
1125
75/40
Note:  Other Elective Subjects are: BSN501: Philosophy; BSN502: Epidemiology; BSN503: Nursing Theory;BSN509: Exchange Clinical Study; BSN510: Professional/Academic Seminars; BSN511: English IV; BSN363: Traditional Chinese Medicine & Nursing; BSN508: Health Statistics; BSN239: Health Education and Promotion; BSN504: Professional Issues in Nursing; BSN505: Clinical Reasoning and Decision Making; BSN512: Service Related Student Activity; BSN513 Hospice and Palliative Care; BSN514: Life and Death Education

4. Clinical Study
4.1 
In Clinical Study, students are given opportunities to apply theory to clinical practice, to perform “person-centred” holistic care, and to develop their clinical nursing skills, core competences, evidence-based attitudes and the abilities in clinical reasoning, judgement and decision making under different circumstances. Such arrangement in Clinical Study on basis of the combination of theory and practice can make learning even more effective; meanwhile the variable and true clinical setting will also facilitate the formation of students’ professional thinking pattern and establishment of their professional sentiment.
4.2 
A progressive learning mode is adopted in Clinical Study, the content increases along with the progress of the programme. Clinical Study hours range from 2 weeks in year 1 to 4 weeks each semester in year 2; clinical placement increases from 4 weeks to 6 weeks in year 3; and successive placement is needed in the whole year 4. The content of Clinical Study develops from simple procedural skills to complex clinical reasoning, judgement and decision making. There are different organizations, different groups of people to encounter during Clinical Study through which a good foundation is laid for students for taking on the professional nursing role. (Table 2)

Table 2  Proposed Clinical Study Plan for BSN Programme
Class
Semester
Subject Title
(Credit)
Observation, Practice Subject
Observation/ Practice Venues
Study Hours
Day (Week)
(1D = 8Hrs)
Total Hours
BSN1
2
Preliminary Clinical Study
(2 Credits)
‧ Fundamentals of Nursing I, II
‧ Health Assessment
‧ Medical Wards
‧ Elderly Home
‧ CSSD
5Ds/W
x 2Ws
80 Hours
BSN2
3
Clinical Study I
(3 Credits)
‧ Childbearing and Family Health Nursing
‧ Child & Adolescent Health Nursing
‧ Primary School / Kindergarten
‧ Obstetric Unit
‧ Paediatric Unit
5Ds/W x 1W
5Ds/W x 1W
5Ds/Wx2Ws

160 Hours

4

Clinical Study II
(3 Credits)
‧ Adult Nursing I
‧ Adult Nursing II
‧ Medical/Surgical Wards 
‧ Auxiliary Diagnostic Department
5Ds/Wx4Ws
160 Hours
BSN3
5
Clinical Study III
(3 Credits)
‧ Adult Nursing III
‧ Adult Nursing IV
‧ Adult Nursing V
‧ Medical/Surgical Wards
‧ Obstetric Unit
‧ Auxiliary Diagnostic Department
5Ds/Wx4Ws
160 Hours
6
Clinical Study IV
(6 Credits)
‧ Community Health Nursing
‧ Gerontological Nursing
‧ Mental Health Nursing
Residential Community
Nursing Care Home
Psychiatric Unit
5Ds/Wx3Ws
5Ds/Wx3Ws
5Ds/Wx2Ws
320 Hours

BSN4

7
 
 
 
 
8
 
Clinical Study V
(23 Credits)
‧ Adult Nursing I, II, III, IV、V
‧ Accident & Emergency Nursing, Critical Care Nursing
‧ Nursing Management, Community Health Nursing
‧ PSBH (Problem Solving for Better Health)
‧ General Wards (Medical/Surgical/ Gynaecological/Paediatric)
‧ Critical Care Unit & Operating Theatre
‧ Accident & Emergency Department

‧ Hospice & Palliative Care Centre
‧ Oncology Unit
‧ PSBH
4Ds/Wx19Ws 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5Ds/W x 2Ws 
 
5Ds/W x 4Ws
 
 
5Ds/W x 1W
 
5Ds/W x 1W
4Ds/W x 1W
960 Hours
Total:40 Credits
Theoretical Study: Clinical Study Hours
(BSN1=1:0.14; BSN2=1:1.2; BSN3=1:1.3; BSN4=1:10)
1840 Hours (±10%)*
* Total Clinical Study Hours in the 4 years are subject to increment or reduction within narrow limit based on special elective clinical study, public holidays, sick leaves and casual leaves. Upon completion of the programme, the total hours of absence cannot exceed more than 10% of the original planning of Clinical Subjects..