Application of Decision Making

Key information

Start date: 06 May 2022

Attendance dates:

May 2022: 06, 13, 20, 27
June 2022: 03, 10


Distance learning / Kate Granger Building, 30 Priestley Road, Surrey Research Park, Guildford, Surrey GU2 7YH

Some modules may be taught at: Stag Hill campus, University of Surrey, Guildford, Surrey GU2 7XH

Contact details:

  • Level
    7 (postgraduate)
  • Credits
  • Module code

Module overview

This module explores the role of decision making within the healthcare system. It will support your exploration of your understanding and knowledge of the theory underpinning decision making, judgement and human factors within healthcare, and the potential consequences when this goes wrong.

Module aims

This module aims to enhance your understanding and knowledge of decision making, judgement and the management of risk within healthcare.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module, you will be able to:

  • Develop in depth knowledge and understanding of decision making, judgements, reasoning skills and problem solving methodologies within health and social care settings.
  • Critically analyse the impact of patient safety policy on healthcare delivery and apply the comparative theories within the reasoning domain.
  • Demonstrate an autonomous approach a problem solving approach to decision making, risk assessment and hazard avoidance through effectively communication of decisions and judgements made in the practice setting.

Course content

Indicative module content includes:

  • Decision making theory
  • Pattern recognition
  • Information processing
  • Intrinsic and extrinsic factors
  • Policy development
  • Risk assessment and management
  • Legal and ethical issues
  • Human and system factors.

Learning and teaching methods

For the 2020/21 curriculum our CPD modules will be delivered using hybrid learning. This means that depending on the subject and content of learning and teaching, modules may be delivered solely online or via a combination of face to face and online delivery, however for all programmes face to face contact time will be reduced, as per Government guidelines and to ensure the reduction of risk for all. Further information can be sought from the course leader (see below).

Usual learning and teaching methods include:

  • Lectures
  • Scenarios
  • Guided study
  • E-learning.


In depth critical analysis of a decision identifying the key theories of decision making, judgement and the associated human factors.

Word count: 3,000


Course leader

Entry requirements

  • Ability to study at level 7
  • Professional registration as a healthcare professional:
    • Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)
    • Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
  • Working in health and social care.

Fees and funding


How to apply

Please download and fill in an application form.

It is important to ensure that you complete all sections and answer all questions, incomplete forms will cause a delay and may result in you missing out on an available place.

Send your completed application back to us at the address or email included on the form.

Terms and conditions

When you accept an offer of a place at the University of Surrey, you are agreeing to comply with our policies and regulations and our terms and conditions. You are also confirming you have read and understood the University's prospective student privacy notice.

If your sponsoring healthcare provider is funding you for this module, by submitting an application you agree to allow all information regarding your module (for example your exam results) to be shared with the sponsoring provider.

Cancellation policy

If you withdraw less than seven days before the module commences or do not attend on the first day (without informing the module administrator) the full cost of the module will be charged. Withdrawals after the module commences will also be charged.

Module availability

Places are confirmed approximately one month before the module start date. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability, student demand and/or class size caps. 


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