Module Catalogue

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

  • Offered for Year: 2019/20
  • Module Leader(s): 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
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion120:0020:00Independent assessment preparation
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading124:0048:00Online content
Guided Independent StudyReflective learning activity101:0010:00eJournal
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study101:0010:00Supplemental reading
Guided Independent StudyOnline Discussion121:0012:00Via discussion board
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
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay2M902000 Words
Portfolio2M10Participation in collaborative e-learning activities throughout the module
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.

Should a student fail the participation assessment and have to undertake a re-sit they will have to
complete a different form of assessment. The student will be asked to look at 2 participation
activities as identified by the module leader/team and submit a 500 word written summary (approx. 250 words per activity).

Reading Lists