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

  • Offered for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Felicity Dewhurst
  • Co-Module Leader: Dr Emily Kavanagh
  • Owning School: Pharmacy
  • Teaching Location: Off Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0
European Credit Transfer System


The aim of this module is to explore evidence-based, holistic management of symptoms (other than pain) in individuals with advanced disease (malignant & non-malignant conditions).

Outline Of Syllabus

This module will cover the following topics:
•Prevalence of symptoms in patients with advanced disease
•Assessment and outcome measures
•Consideration of the impact of local policy and guidance in care delivery.
•Challenges associated with evidenced-based symptom management
•Decision making in palliative care

Factors which contribute to high quality end of life care
•Improving multiprofessional and multidisciplinary approaches to holistic care delivery

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 reading124:0048:00Online content
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study101:0010:00Supplemental reading
Guided Independent StudyOnline Discussion112:0022:00Via discussion board
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
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay2M90Critical review of the evidence base for managing a symptom and critique of information resource. 2500 words
Portfolio2M10Participation in collaborative e-learning activities throughout the module
Formative Assessments

Formative Assessment is an assessment which develops your skills in being assessed, allows for you to receive feedback, and prepares you for being assessed. However, it does not count to your final mark.

Description Semester When Set Comment
Written exercise2M500 word critical review
Written exercise2M800 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.

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

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).

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.

Reading Lists