Core Module Information
Module title: Substance Misuse Over the Lifespan

SCQF level: 09:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: MHN09103
Module leader: Inga Heyman
School School of Health & Social Care
Subject area group: Nursing


Description of module content:

Substance use and misuse as a public health concern; the service user experience through coproduction as the pivot for service design, delivery and evaluation; biological, psychological, sociocultural theories of substance misuse; epidemiology of alcohol and drug use, misuse and dependence with a focus on inequalities, families and society; local, national and global responses to substance misuse from a social political and legislative perspective; effects of differing patterns of substance misuse on all aspects of health across the lifespan from preconception to older age ; concepts of vulnerability, harm reduction, behaviour change ,recovery relapse and resilience; skills required to engage with; assess and support the person who uses substances at differing stages in his/her drug-using career; brief interventions, medication assisted recovery and rehabilitation including self- help and service user-led movements, effective interdisciplinary and interagency working; review of the research evidence on substance misuse and ways of working with specific groups across the lifespan.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to
LO1: Examine the relationship between health inequalities and the environmental, sociocultural, political and economic factors which impact on the evolution of substance misuse across the lifespan
LO2: Interpret theories which explain and influence substance use, the development of problematic use, dependence and recovery.
LO3: Determine the effectiveness of demand and supply control policies, international health and social care legislation and strategic responses to substance misuse from a local, national and global perspective.
LO4 Appraise the skills which enable an effective co-productive approach to preventing, reducing harm and treating to people who use substances
LO5: Critically reflect on the subjective experience of the person who uses substances their families and communities.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 1, Blended, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 005
Primary mode of delivery: Blended
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Isabel Dosser
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Learning & Teaching Methods (including their alignment to Learning Outcomes)
A range of teaching methods and media will be used within the module. The blended content of the module will be delivered in twelve, three hour face to face sessions of classroom contact. The theoretical content of the module will be delivered using the framework of a fictional family. There will be an emphasis on the exploration of the evidence as it relates to the development of new skills for clinical practice through graduated case discussion (LOs 1, 2 & 4). Online small group discussion and service user participation in the classroom will reflect the relevance of models of coproduction and add to an appreciation of the subjective experience of the person who uses substances, their families and carers (LOs 2 & 5). In addition, the students will be expected to refine their skills in literature searching and use of MOODLE. Critical, reflective and evaluative skills will be developed through reference to national and international literature and other media and classroom discussion and debate (LO 3)

Formative Assessment:
This takes the form of a 500 word essay plan of the summative assessment which will be submitted to the academic supervisor in week 9 of the module until two weeks prior to submission date. Feedback on formative submissions will be given individually and collectively via MOODLE.

Summative Assessment:
The summative assessment has one component which is a 3,500-word essay which links to all the learning outcomes of the module. This will be an essay of one family member chosen by the by the student aligned to the module content and approved by the academic supervisor via the formative component of the assessment.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 36
Online Lecture 64
Independent Learning Guided independent study 100
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Essay 100 1,2,3,4,5 14 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 3500
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

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