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SYKF360P Practice Study, Professional Management, Service Development and Innovation

Course description for academic year 2024/2025

Contents and structure

The module is a guided practice study where the student is to acquire insight into the nurse's role related to professional leadership, service development, and innovation in healthcare. This insight should contribute to being able to critically assess, prioritize, and justify nursing and organizational measures both at an individual and system level. The student should be able to identify the need for interdisciplinary collaboration in services, professional leadership and coordination, documentation, and information transfer to maintain and ensure quality in services. The student shall utilize this knowledge in a quality improvement, enhancement, or innovation project.

The module can be conducted in either municipal or specialist healthcare services.

The workload of the subject is estimated at 202.5 hours. Of these hours, 150 hours are related to direct patient-related work. The remaining hours are related to mandatory learning activities and self-study. There is a requirement of 90% participation in practice.

Learning Outcome

A student who completes this module must have achieved the following learning outcomes defined in the categories, knowledge, skills and general competence.


The student...

  • familiar with tools and methods for driving innovation processes, implementation and continuous improvement work
  • has knowledge of professional management and organization of the healthcare service
  • will be able to use knowledge of teaching and change processes in the supervision and education of students and relevant health professionals
  • will have mastered mapping, assessment, documentation and communication tools in their nursing practice


The student...

  • will be able to use up-to-date knowledge of the health and welfare system, laws, regulations and guidance documents in their provision of services
  • will be able to reflect on existing routines and methods, and will be able to initiate dialogues about the implementation of new knowledge and new methods of working
  • will be able to find and assess risk factors for a system or an environment, as well as document, systematically follow up, and implement relevant measures

General competence:

The student...

  • will be able to manage and prioritise nursing tasks
  • will have an insight into the quality of the nursing and services that patients and service users receive, and will be able to adjust their own professional practice
  • will have an insight into how technology and digital solutions influence provision of service
  • will be able to plan and implement targeted measures to reduce unwanted incidents and variations in the health service
  • will be able to plan and implement quality development work in collaboration with other health professionals
  • will be able to convey, both orally and in writing, subject knowledge and relevant results from research and development work covering theoretical and practical issues, and will be able to make choices in line with knowledge-based practice
  • will be able to convey opinions and share experiences with others in the field, both orally and in writing, and through this contribute to the development of best practice
  • will be familiar with quality challenges on a systemic and/or task level which need innovation

Entry requirements

SYK100, SYK130, SYK120P, SYK140, SYK200, SYK220P, SYK230P

Recommended previous knowledge

SYK110, SYK250, SYK300

Teaching methods

  • Group work
  • Digital resources
  • Student presentations
  • Skills training
  • Simulation
  • Tutoring
  • Peer feedback
  • Self-assessment
  • Problem solving
  • Written work
  • Self-study

Compulsory learning activities

The following compulsory learning activities must be completed before students can work with patients:

1: Mandatory participation in lessons preparing students for practice, skills training and simulation. 90% attendance is compulsory.

In the case of absence from cumpulsory learning activities, the same rules apply as for absence during practical training according to the regulations relating to programmes of study and examinations at Western Norway University of Applied Sciences.


Clinical practice is considered passed/failed after a final assessment of the candidate’s performance during clinical practice. To pass, students must have reached their learning outcomes and met the required 90% attendance.

Continuation of practice if failed: If a student does not pass, he/she will need to do the practice again, together with the following year’s class.

Examination support material


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Course reductions

  • SK159 - Førebuing til yrkeslivet - Reduction: 7.5 studypoints