Module title: Cancer Care (Online)

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

Module code: NMS09135
Module leader: Emma Trotter
School School of Health & Social Care
Subject area group: Enduring Conditions and Community Care


2019/0, Trimester 1, Online, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: Online
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Emma Trotter
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Learning & Teaching methods including their alignment to LOs
This module encourages you to learn independently through your participation in a range of web based activities within VLE and WebEx with support from your academic supervisor and peer group to achieve LO’s 1-5. Online lectures utilise clinical experts and aim to facilitate deep learning through evidence based content, case studies (LO1-5) and simulation (LO2-5), extending your knowledge and encouraging a holistic and compassionate approach when supporting and caring for individuals with cancer and their families.

You will critically reflect on the literature relevant to the patho-physiology of disease and its treatment in relation to your clinical practice (LO1-2). You will participate in discussion boards (LO1-5) and live lecturers with other colleagues to enhance deeper learning on specific subjects and encourage collaboration and networking (LO 3, 5). The VLE materials have been designed to provide you with autonomy on the how and when you learn. By this we mean there are a variety of learning approaches taken for example – reflection on case studies, suggested reading and listening to audio and video material (LO 4).

Please see Moodle for information regarding the Summative and Formative assessment.

Formative Assessment:
Formative Assignment
Formative assessment takes the form of quizzes, online tutorials and discussion boards within Moodle and WebEx, and can be used as a basis for summative assessment feedback (LO1- 5). Aetiology and epidemiology (LO1) and ethical issues (LO3) will be specifically explored in separate discussion forums.

Summative Assessment:
Summative assignment
The student will be given a choice of topic areas and will be required to choose one, and write a 3500 word essay. The student should include in the assignment the aetiology, epidemiology and patho-physiology of the chosen cancer (Lo1). Evaluate and reference current research and clinical guidelines pertaining to their chosen cancer topic (Lo2). Include the ethical dimensions of caring for a patient diagnosed with their chosen cancer (Lo3). Critically reflect on the appropriate interventions to minimise both the physical and psychological impact of the diagnosis of cancer to the patient, family and carers (Lo4). Discuss the strategies employed to encourage a person centred approach to patient care within the multidisciplinary team including the principles of holistic and compassionate care (Lo5).

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Online Guided independent study 180
Online On-demand Webinar 5
Online Lecture 15
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 15 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 3500
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

Description of module content.
Week 1: Introduction to the student learning environment and establish support structure from module team, Edinburgh Napier university and fellow students through a variety of activities.
Introduction to the module design and delivery of the learning materials; incorporating the introduction to depth and breadth of these materials used throughout the module.
Weeks 2-3: Studying material: Introduction to cancer biology, aetiology and epidemiology, principles of health promotion
Weeks 4-12: Principles of diagnosis, staging and prognosis, treatment modalities and their impact on an individual, psychological care, quality of life, survivorship and end of life care, self care strategies and communication.
Weeks 13-15: Support for assignment

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1. Apply Knowledge of the aetiology, epidemiology and patho-physiology of cancer to clinical scenarios
LO2. Evaluate and cite current research and guidelines underpinning knowledge and skills to deliver effective cancer care throughout the patient journey
LO3. Examine the ethical dimensions of caring for a person with cancer
LO4. Critically reflect appropriate interventions to minimise or reduce both the patho-physiological and psychological impact of the diagnosis of cancer to the patient, family and carers
LO5 Demonstrate strategies to encourage person centred care and the principles of holistic and compassionate care within the multidisciplinary team

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
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