Subject

End Degree Project

  • code 09836
  • course 4
  • term Anual
  • type TF
  • credits 12

Main language of instruction: Catalan

Teaching staff

Head instructor

Dra. Cristina MONFORTE - cmonforte@uic.es

Office hours

The teacher set the guidelines for care and tutoring for each student.

For specific areas outside the space tutorial, each teacher will address students by appointment by e-mail

For other more general issues related to the subject, you could contact through e-mail with the professor responsible of this subject: mllaurados@uic.es

Introduction

The TFG is a compulsory subject (12 ECTS) of the Nursing Degree, to be held during the 4th year and that must be presented and evaluated that same year. As stated in the Order CIN 2134/2008 of July 3, the TFG is a cross subject that must be developed in association with different courses.

The TFG is essentially an independent work that each student will do under the guidance of a tutor, who will act as a catalyst and facilitator of the learning process. Through the TFG the student must show the skills and knowledge received in the during the Nursing Degree.

The training activities mainly consist of: student autonomous work, group tutoring, cooperative learning, individual tutorials and virtual learning. In the figure below you can see the distribution by number of hours (see on the intranet).

The TFG is intended to promote thoughtful critical thinking while applying and integrating the acquired knowledge in practice. The TFG will be original and specific and may have different formats (professional, technical and / or scientific-empirical) that integrate and enhance the nursing knowledge acquired along the Nursing Degree, ensuring the acquisition and evaluation of the Grade's competencies.

This Final Project (TFG) will make possible to evaluate the knowledge and skills acquired by the student within the knowledge area of the Degree, taking into account the multidisciplinary nature of it. The TFG assessment will serve to evaluate the student's ability to develop the nursing knowledge required to understand, interpret, analyze and explain some scientific or clinical aspects of nursing, using the various nursing skills.

The TFG development as well as the evaluation, the topic and the tutor assigned, will be supervised by the TFG Commission, composed of professors of nursing degree, who will ensure compliance with regulations regarding the TFG.

The TFG commission shall:

  • Assess the adequacy of the proposed topics, as well as its feasibility
  • Assign tutor according the topic and number of students
  • Propose Jury and their appointment
  • Develop evaluation rules and agree the criteria
  • Perform the defenses proposal

Students will be able to choose among a list of topics and tutors that will be provided.

The final allocation of the professor / tutor will be validated by TFG coordinator.

"This Teaching Guide follows the requirements of the Final Project Rules (Reglamento de Trabajo Fin de Grado) of the International University of Cataluña, approved by the executive committee of the governing board as of 30.07.2012".

The students must know this document for the correct development of their work. 

Pre-course requirements

The TFG is a last year subject. Students cannot enroll in this course until their last year.

Objectives

After completing the TFG, students will be able to:

  1. Integrate knowledge of basic health sciences, humanities and social sciences to solve the health problems of individuals, families and communities.
  2. Recognize the Nursing Care Process in the development of the profession and use scientific evidence as a basis for planning nursing care
  3. Adapt the implementation of protocols for clinical intervention in clinical practice, taking into account the multicultural environment, within a framework of healthcare quality and sustainability of the system.
  4. Participate in strategies to improve nursing care       
  5. Defend and be able to communicate their final project.

Competencies

  • 21. B - Oral and written communication.
  • 25. E - Knowledge of the field of study
  • 19. B - Ability to make decisions based on critical thinking and reflective practice.
  • 12. B - Know and observe the ethical code of conduct of Spanish nursing, understanding the ethical implications of health in a changing global context.
  • 23. B - Ability to analyze and synthesize.
  • 29. B - Know the scientific terminology in another language (English).
  • 16. G - Know the health information systems.
  • 22. G - Use and management of information and research
  • 24. G - Ability to work autonomously.

Learning outcomes

The student:

  • Is capable of conducting a search in indexed databases in different languages using bolean operators, keywords, through advanced search.
  • Uses a program tu administer and reference correctly the documents through APA or Vancouver Style.
  • Is capable of planning his learning autonomously and correctly.
  • Understands and interprets the information that finds and is capable of deciding which information is valid and reliable. Through that information is capable of extracting conclusions.
  • Is capable of delivering a final written document with the stablished requirements, using a correct style, content and structure.
  • Is capable of doing an oral dissertation according to the formalities and to the stablished requirements.
  • Understands and interrelates the concepts learned during the year in his dissertation and identifies and reflects about the learning obtained. 
  • Takes into account the ethical aspects of the dissertation done, with regards to the documentation used and the work done. 

Syllabus

For the proper development of TFG students will attend a number of mandatory seminars during the 1st half of 4th mark year:

VIRTUAL AND CLASSROOM SEMINARS

  1. TFG: Objectives, typology, planning, evaluation, content. Final Projects diversity.  
  2. Work structure: Introduction; how to organize the introduction
  3. Title, Summary, research question, objectives.  
  4. Search strategy. Databases
  5. Evidence-based practice. Research ethics. Informed consent
  6. Literature research. Documentation management tools.  
  7. Bibliography managers. Referencing and citation rules.  
  8. Work structure: Methodology; Results; Annexes. Good writing. Index. Tenses when writing.  
  9. Formal aspects of the work.  
  10. Critical reading. Peer evaluation.  
  11. Exposition and public defense of the TFM, communication skills.

WORKS TYPOLOGY

  1. Development of a care plan based on the analysis of a clinical case.
  2. Development of a care plan of a clinical case after finding information on standardized NANDA, NIC and NOC language.
  3. Processes, procedures and clinical guidelines evaluation and updating
  4. Health education programme framed in a specific context (school, community, work, etc.).
  5. Work of literature review and knowledge updating in a specific field
  6. Evaluation of new nursing roles, workloads.
  7. Descriptive research work with results.
  8. Research project.  

The formal aspects of the dissertation are detailed in the subject's guide in the Campus Virtual. These will be adapted to the type of study performed.

The TFG must be based on a style document available for the students on the intranet. The TFG must comply with the characteristics of an academic work; those TFGs that violate these rules will not be accepted. 

Teaching and learning activities

The Bachelor thesis will be performed individually for each student under the guidance and support of a tutor to guide them in the preparation. To this end, there will be organized seminars, individual tutorials and cooperative work groups that help students to integrate theory and practical knowledge received throughout the Degree. The humanist profile defined by the International University of Catalonia will be taken into account. In addition, students will incorporate the care principles and methodology and the scientific documentation and information management and processing.

The Bacherlor thesis allows the student to go into depth the knowledge acquired in the degree. During this learning period the student will prove that it is able to use the learned strategies to make a correct identification of health problems of the individuals and their families. They will be able to develop a care plan in any healthcare environment based on scientific literature.

The research and planning work will show if the student is able to:

  • Use the acquired skills in a clinical case
  • Conduct an analysis of the reality of care and its implications for the welfare and health of the individual / family and community
  • Find strategies to facilitate the incorporation of innovative approaches for nursing professionals based on scientific evidence and that pursue the objective of facilitating care and improving the health of individuals and communities.

Completing the TFG includes several key moments:

  • Choice of topic: Once enrolled, students can choose the topic and type of work that they want to do. Students will send their requests through the intranet. TFG Evaluation Commission will verify the students’ requests and will assign the final subjects and tutors.
  • Attendance to the mandatory seminars
ADDENDUM: Due to the confinement situation, the last seminar scheduled for March 24, was held virtually through the Collaborate tool inserted in Moodle.
  • Completion of planned virtual activities
  • Attendance to individual and group tutorials (it is necessary to attend to 80% of tutorials in order to present the TFG for public defense, in 1st chance and 2º chance). The TFG tutorial Appendix shows planning for both group and individual tutorials as well as the objectives of each of the tutorials and paper that must be turned in at each session.
ADDENDUM: Due to the situation of confinement, the 5th, 6th and 7th tutorials will take place virtually.
  • Planning: The student and tutor plan the activities of independent work that the student must perform for the proper execution of TFG
  • Development: This is the central stage of the TFG. During this phase, the student works independently with the support of her or his tutor and group and individual tutorials.
  • Submission of the TFG: See annex where different submission dates are published.
  • Public presentation of the TFG: See annex where different submission dates are published.

Evaluation systems and criteria

See integrated teaching guide published on the intranet of the subject.  

The TFG will be evaluated after the presentation and defense before a tribunal and its evaluation will be conducted following the grading system of the official university degrees valid throughout the national territory as set out in the statutory order 1125/2003, of 5 September (BOE no. 224, September 18, 2003). Therefore, it is mandatory that the student performs the oral dissertation despite it weights only 10% of the total score. 

The tribunal evaluator shall consist of the TFG tutor and other professors from the nursing department, or any other departments associated to the field of study, and could be part of the tribunal, professionals of the clinical training from the hospitals where the students are trained.

The tribunal, once completed deliberation shall:

  • Accept or refuse the project presented by a simple majority. If it ends in a tie, the vote of the President shall be considered decisive
  • Grade the project with the obtained average mark of the marks issued by the tribunal members
  • In the event that the TFG is rejected, the court proceed with the preparation of a report which shall contain those errors, omissions and deficiencies that must be corrected and that led to the rejection of the project.

For the evaluation the following criteria will be considered:  

  1. Evaluation of the tutorial process (the tutor together with the student will evaluate the learning process and execution of the TFG). To achieve the goals planned for each session will be taken into account.
  2. Evaluation of the tribunal evaluator: The tribunal will be composed of professors from the TFG subject; they may also be part of the tribunal nursing professional of the collaborating centers.

Written paper, oral defense, tutorial process and peer review will be evaluated. A self - assessment by the student will be also part of the evaluation.  

To apply the percentages, the TFG should have obtained a mark equal to or greater than 4.5 in each of the parties to assess (Tutorial Process / Oral Defense / Written Paper- WHich means rubric 2, 3, 4 and 5).

  1. In order to have the option to retake the TFG it is also necessary that the student has attended at least 80% of the tutorials throughout the course.
  2. If the TFG is failed in second round, student must re-enroll the TFG subject.
  3. In order to pass the TFG subject it is necessary to get at least a 5 out of 10 points.
  4. The tutor of the TFG may decide not to submit a TFG if deemed not to meet the minimum necessary to be defended publicly.
  5. All aforementioned form 90% of the final mark of the TFG subject. The remaining 10% will be mandatory attendance at seminars, exercises marked by the seminar professors, case presentations and active participation in seminars.

The evaluation will be conducted by several evaluation patterns that aim to homogenize the criteria. There are 7 different models that evaluate the following:

  • Rubric 1: Self-evaluation of the student. The student will turn it in to her or his tutor with the submission of the TFG. Evaluates CG22, CG16, CG24, CB21, CE25, CB19, GC23, CB12, CE29 skills. It is worth 5% of the final mark.
  • Rubric 2: Continuous assessment of the teacher. Evaluates CG22, CG16, CG24, CB21, CE25, CB19, GC23, CB12 skills. It is worth 25% of the final mark.
  • Rubric 3: Evaluation of the TFG by the tutor. Evaluates CG22, CG16, CG24, CB21, CE25, CB19, GC23, CB12, CE29 skills. It is worth 25% of the final mark.
  • Rubric 4: Evaluation of oral communication during the public defense of the TFG. CB21 Skill. It is worth 10% of the final mark.
  • Rubric 5: Tribunal members evaluation. Evaluate CG22, CG16,   CB21, CB19, GC23, CB12, CE29 skills. It is worth 25% of the final mark.  
  • Rubric 6: Peer evaluation. Evaluates CG22, CG16, CB21, CB19, GC23, CB12, CE29 skills. It is worth 5% of the final mark.  
  • Rubric 7: Evaluation of the peer evaluation. Evaluates CB21, CB19, GC23, CB12 skills. It is worth 5% of the final mark.

There is a numerical rating from 0 to 10 with decimal expression, which may also go with a qualitative mark of Fail, Pass, Merit, and Outstanding Honor

The mention of "Honors" (MH)  is an extraordinary acknowledgement related to the excelence of the student. Its related to cualitative and cuantitative aspects, not only to the qualification obtained. The minimum qualification to be able to opt for a MH is 9. The tutors will propose the students for MH and the TFG comission will assign them according to the evaluations performed (it's not needed that the highest qualifications are awarded). Also, they can be left blank meaning noone is acnowledged. MH will not be given in 2º chances.  


Regulations TFG:  http://www.uic.es/progs/obj.uic?id=504759bc94fca

 

ADDENDUM

Due to the state of alarm of our country and confinement, on April 14, after informing the competent authorities and receiving their approval, and after informing the delegates, it was decided to pass the TFG defenses on-site by non-on-site . This implies some changes in relation to the evaluating court.

That year, the court will be made up of the TFG tutor and another teacher from the TFG subject. They usually participated as professional court members in the healthcare field. Due to the current crisis that has greatly affected the health system, it was decided to delete this member of the court, since it is impossible right now to have them.

In this way, only 2 teachers will be part of the evaluating tribunal in both 1st and 2nd call so that there are no differences in the evaluation: The tutor of the TFG and another professor of the subject who will act as the president of the tribunal.

These changes do not imply any alteration of the "End of Degree and End of Master's Degree Regulations of the International University of Catalonia, approved by the executive committee of the governing board on 07.30.2012". This regulation allows the composition of courts of 2 members when they exceed 85 students enrolled in the subject, and in an exceptional situation, with the tutor, as would be the current situation.

These changes in the court, suppose small modifications in the evaluation:

Rubric 4: oral defense; It will be evaluated by both the tutor and the other TFG teacher member of the court. Usually, oral defense was only evaluated by the teacher and the external member. Thus the percentages of this heading are not altered.

Rubric 5: an average was made between the rubric that was completed by the external evaluator and the TFG professor who presided over the court. Given the current circumstances, this rubric will be evaluated exclusively by the TFG professor who will preside over the court.

Defenses will be made through a virtual system that we will share with all students. The virtual system allows to see the members of the court, and the court can observe the student at all times. At the same time, the students can share their screen so that the court can follow the presentation of the power point, at the same time that they can continue to see the student. It is the way to guarantee the defense via telematics.

The non-face-to-face presentation (through new technologies) is planned for students who defend both 1st and 2nd call. In this way, it is guaranteed that there will be no difference in the way of evaluating.


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Evaluation period

E: exam date | R: revision date | 1: first session | 2: second session:

  • E1 25/05/2020 09:00h
  • E1 26/05/2020 09:00h
  • E1 27/05/2020 09:00h
  • E2 06/07/2020 09:00h
  • E2 07/07/2020 09:00h

Teaching and learning material

      Material
            Teaching memory: desing and implementation of the Bachelor's thesis memoriap.docentetfg.pdf 
            Normativa UIC TFG reglament_intern_treball_fi_de_grau_i_master.pdf 
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