Module Catalogue

ONC8012 : Managing Pain (E-learning) (Inactive)

  • Inactive for Year: 2019/20
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Victoria Hewitt
  • Owning School: FMS Graduate School
  • Teaching Location: Off Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


This module looks at how pain affects not only the patients but their families, carers and the healthcare professionals involved in the patient’s management.
Learners will study the physiology of pain and before exploring many of the practical issues that professionals face in multidisciplinary pain management.
Students will explore typical pain presentations in cancer and non-malignant conditions, with the opportunity to reflect on their own experiences and discuss relevant emergent issues arising from authentic clinical contexts.

Outline Of Syllabus

The module will cover the following topics:
•What is pain and how can it be assessed?
•Neurobiology of pain      
•Multidisciplinary aspects of care
•The dying patient
•Pharmacology of pain
•Using opioid analgesia
•Managing pain in practice 1
•Managing pain in practice 2
•Non pharmacological approaches
•Social aspects of pain
•Difficult issues in managing patients with pain
•Multidisciplinary approach to pain management

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion201:0020:00Independent assessment preparation
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading123:0036:00Online content
Guided Independent StudyReflective learning activity101:0010:00Blogs, formative and summative assessment
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study101:0010:00Supplemental reading
Guided Independent StudyOnline Discussion122:0024:00Online Collaboration via Wikis
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Through a series of online tutorials and weekly activities as well as private study (including directed reading) students will gain a detailed knowledge of pain management. Students are required to participate in online collaborative activities via the discussion boards and wikis to consolidate their understanding of the curricular and relate the theory to their own practice.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise2A50Reflective account of impact of learning in the management of a case from student’s own context (2000 Words)
Design/Creative proj2M40Students co-create a knowledge artefact in the form of an evidence-based and clinically relevant pain management guideline
Computer assessment2M10Participation in the collaborative activity described above via wikis.
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Written exercise2MReflection of a case of difficult and/ or challenging pain management.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The formative assessment is a case study concerning a patient from the student’s own context with difficult and/ or challenging pain. In the summative assessment students will present a reflective account of how learning from the module impacts (or would have impacted) on this case. The choice of subject for the group collaborative assessment activity will also be decided by the module leader, depending on the pain topics represented across the group at formative assessment.

For the collaborative group assessment students will be assigned to groups of 4-6 by the module leader, determined by the pain management issue identified at formative assessment. The group will work together to create a pain management guideline, drawing upon module and independently-sourced material and using the Blackboard wiki software. Learning activities early in the module introduce students to this wiki platform, whilst a framework of required fields for the guideline is set by the module leader. The final grade for this assessed group activity applies to all participants.

A further 10% of the final grade is available, dependent on participation in the group activity. Should a student fail to participate at all in the group activity they will be deemed to have failed this assessment entirely and only their grade for the written summative assessment will carry forward.
Students who fail the module must submit a 2000 word critique of a guideline from their own clinical context for the re-sit.

Reading Lists