Module Catalogue

ONC8008 : Ethical Dimensions of Cancer/Palliative Care (E-learning)

  • Offered for Year: 2019/20
  • Module Leader(s): Mr Jan Deckers
  • Lecturer: Dr Vanessa Armstrong
  • Owning School: FMS Graduate School
  • Teaching Location: Off Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


The module provides an introduction to Healthcare Ethics, with a particular focus on the issues raised in the treatment and care of patients with cancer and those receiving palliative care. The module aims to facilitate a comprehensive understanding of the ethical issues raised in oncology and palliative care.

Outline Of Syllabus

This module will cover the following topics:
- Introduction to ethical reasoning
– Law, ethics and professionalism
– Disclosure of information
– Confidentiality
– Consent
– Ethical issues in research
– End-of-life issues- advance directives
– End-of-life issues - futility
– End-of-life issues - withholding and withdrawing treatment
– End-of-life issues – euthanasia
– Complementary Therapies
– Resource allocation

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 StudyDirected research and reading111:0011:00Supplemental reading
Guided Independent StudyReflective learning activity101:0010:00Via Reflective Journal
Guided Independent StudyOnline Discussion111:0011:00Online discussion, via Discussion boards
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The design of the on-line materials encourages students to explore and deepen their understanding of the ethical issues which arise from the provision of cancer/palliative care. The on-line asynchronous discussions focus on issues raised through the completion of weekly activities, reading and reflection. The outcomes of these discussions will not only facilitate networking but also allow students to relate the information to their own experiences and issues in contemporary clinical practice.

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.
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
PC Examination1MFormative online MCQs
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The summative essay encourages critical application of the relevant ethical frame works and professional guidance to a relevant example or scenario from clinical practice.

A participation grade is included to encourage and reward the student's engagement with the
collaborative activities.

Formative MCQ assessments allow students to monitor their understanding against the learning outcomes.

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