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

Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0

Aims

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

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

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
Total100:00
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

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

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 feedback provided by peers and the module leader
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.

The participation grade rewards the student's engagement with the collaborative activities.

Formative feedback allows students to monitor their understanding against the learning outcomes.

If a student fails the participation assessment and need to undertake a re-sit, the student 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

Timetable