Faculty of Medical Sciences Online Learning


ONC8006 : Management of Cancer - Psychosocial Issues (E-learning)

  • Offered for Year: 2016/17
  • Module Leader(s): Mrs Alison Featherstone
  • Lecturer: Dr Veronica Oliver-Jenkins
  • Owning School: FMS Graduate School
  • Teaching Location: Off Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


The overall aim of the module is to explore some of the psychological, social and organisational factors that influence the responses to and the management and outcomes of cancer. This module will explore these factors from the perspectives of the patient, their family or carers and the health professionals involved in their care.

Outline Of Syllabus

The module will cover the following topics:
•Breaking bad news
•Self-image, body image and sexuality
•Depression and anxiety
•The needs of family, friends and social networks
•Communication matters
•Living with and beyond cancer
•Screening for psychological distress
•Quality of life 
•Psycho-social interventions

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
CategoryActivityNumberLengthStudent HoursComment
Guided Independent Study Assessment preparation and completion 1 20:00 20:00  
Guided Independent Study Directed research and reading 12 4:00 48:00 Online content
Guided Independent Study Reflective learning activity 10 1:00 10:00 eJournal
Guided Independent Study Independent study 10 1:00 10:00 Supplemental reading
Guided Independent Study Online Discussion 12 1:00 12:00 Via discussion board
Total       100:00  
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The design of the on-line materials and tutorials encourages practitioners to explore and deepen their understanding of psycho-social aspects of cancer care. On-line asynchronous discussion will focus on issues raised through reading and reflection. The outcomes of these discussions will not only facilitate networking but also help students prepare for the Module formative and summative assessments.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
DescriptionSemesterWhen SetPercentageComment
Essay 2 M 100 2000 Words
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The summative assessment essay topics require students to critically appraise their own area of practice by reviewing and critiquing the relevant literature. This allows them to demonstrate how their new theoretical understanding has influenced and can be adapted for their own practice. This will be reflective in nature and facilitate the critical application of relevant research to the chosen title.

Reading Lists