Faculty of Medical Sciences Online Learning


ONC8016 : Contemporary Issues in Palliative Care Practice: Management of Symptoms (Other Than Pain) in Advanced Diseases (E-learning)

  • Offered for Year: 2016/17
  • Module Leader(s): Mrs Isabella Quinn
  • Lecturer: Mrs Karen Corder
  • Owning School: FMS Graduate School
  • Teaching Location: Off Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


The overall aim of this module is to explore some of the psychological and sociological factors that influence cancer management, from the perspectives of the patient, the family or carer, and the health professionals involved in their care. The module also encourages students to recognise the skills and knowledge necessary for the effective control of symptoms, other than pain, in patients with life threatening disease in malignant & non-malignant conditions.

Outline Of Syllabus

This module will cover the following topics:
•Prevalence of symptoms in patients with cancer
•Assessment and outcome measures
•The evidence-base for the management of symptoms in patients with cancer
•The wider agenda
•Prevalence of symptoms in non-cancer
•Dilemmas associated with symptom management
•Decision making in palliative care
•End of life care
•Improving practice and multiprofessional approaches

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
CategoryActivityNumberLengthStudent HoursComment
Guided Independent Study Assessment preparation and completion 20 1:00 20:00  
Guided Independent Study Directed research and reading 12 4:00 48:00 Online content
Guided Independent Study Independent study 10 1:00 10:00 Supplemental reading
Guided Independent Study Online Discussion 11 2:00 22:00 Via discussion board
Total       100:00  
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The design of the on-line materials and tutorials encourage students to explore and deepen their understanding of managing symptoms in advanced disease, and to increase confidence and competence in the management used. The on-line asynchronous discussions focus on issues raised through the completion of weekly activities, reading and reflection. These online discussions will allow on-line networking and encourage reflective practice.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
DescriptionSemesterWhen SetPercentageComment
Essay 2 M 100 Critical review of the evidence base for managing a symptom and critique of information resource. 2500 words
Formative Assessments
DescriptionSemesterWhen SetComment
Written exercise 2 M 500 word critical review
Written exercise 2 M 800 word reflective review
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The final summative assessment is a 2500 word critical review of the evidence base for managing a symptom other than pain and includes a critique of an information resource relevant to the chosen symptom. The summative assessment is designed to demonstrate the students critical and knowledge skills and encourage reflective practice.
There are two formative assessments; formative assessment 1 is a 500 word critical review of the management of symptoms and formative assessment 2 is 800 word reflective review of symptom management. These assessments allow students to demonstrate critical thinking and how the theory can be applied to practice.

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