Module title: Diagnosis and Management of Epilepsy

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

Module code: NMS09147
Module leader: Fiona Mackinnon
School School of Health & Social Care
Subject area group: Generic - School of Nursing Midwifery & Social Car

There are no pre-requisites for this module to be added

2018/9, Trimester 1, Online, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 002
Primary mode of delivery: Online
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Fiona Mackinnon
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Learning & Teaching methods including their alignment to Los
Students will critically examine the evidence base underpinning current practice in the diagnosis, assessment and management of epilepsy (LOs1,2). A person-centred evidence-based approach will underpin the teaching and learning activities to promote best practice, to meet the needs of the people with epilepsy (LOs2,3,4,5). The module will develop the students’ knowledge and skills to adopt an enabling role and work in partnership with client/carers and their families as part of the multidisciplinary team (LOs3,4,5).

The module will be delivered wholly online via Moodle (LOs 1 to 5). A variety of teaching strategies will be employed, designed to enhance the learning experience by encouraging the student to engage with the material in a meaningful way. The module content will be delivered in units to guide students through the module in a structured manner (LOs 1 to 5). Collaborative learning will be promoted through the use of synchronous and asynchronous online discussion groups on Moodle facilitated by the module team (LOs 1 to 5). The use of Moodle in this module gives greater flexibility so students can choose to learn at a time which suits them. To enhance and extend students’ learning online tutorials, lectures and the use of Elluminate will offer the opportunity for peer learning and contact with module team (LOs 1 to 5). These activities will encourage engagement with the literature and reflection on practice (LOs1,2,5).

Embedding of employability/PDP/Scholarship Skills
Students will have differing clinical and life experiences leading to differing learning needs. This module aims to enhance student employability skills by promoting student autonomy, encouraging active participation in online discussions and other activities such as the use of Elluminate for online group tutorials, support and feedback. Information retrieval skills will be enhanced as will skills in using evidence based pra

Formative Assessment:
Will be offered in the form of online activities (LOs1,2,4) which students can access at a time and place suitable to them. This will allow students to assess their own learning throughout the module. Formative assessment will also be offered within the tutorial sessions and online discussions supervised by the module team with students receiving lecturer and peer feedback (LOs 3,5).

Summative Assessment:
Summative assessment will be the submission of Component 1 and 2.

Component 1 (10%) submitted in week 14
Evidence of contribution to the 2 online discussions (submitted with component 2 in week 14) 10% of total mark, 5% awarded for evidence of participation in each discussion (2 X 250 words).

Component 2 (90%) submitted in week 14
A 3000 word essay critically evaluating the evidence base for a management topic related to the students field of practice e.g. child health, adult or learning disability.
Students will be able to choose from any of the management topic areas covered in the module e.g. pharmacological, non pharmacological.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Online Lecture 2
Online Groupwork (Scheduled) 5
Online Guided independent study 88
Independent Learning Guided independent study 105
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Discussion/Participation 5 1-5 14 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 250
Discussion/Participation 5 1-5 14 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 250
Essay 90 1-6 14 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 3000
Component 1 subtotal: 10
Component 2 subtotal: 90
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

Epidemiology; pathophysiology; signs and symptoms ( seizure types, syndromes, prognosistic indicators)
Diagnosis; diagnostic assessment, communicating diagnosis, assessment tools, protocols and service provision, education, information and support
Management; Treatment options – pharmalogical/ non pharmalogical, algorithms, education, information and support, communication.
Clinical guidelines, competencies- implications for practice

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1 Evaluate current theory and research underpinning practice in diagnosing, assessing and managing people who have epilepsy.
LO2 Examine best evidence, utilising local, national and international guidelines, for the effective assessment and management of people with epilepsy.
LO3 Provide a rationale for a patient-centred approach in the diagnosis, assessment and management process.
LO4 Examine the role of the multidisciplinary team in service provision along the patient journey.
LO5 Critically reflect on current local practice and identify possible changes to improve health outcomes for people with epilepsy.

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
NMS09147 Diagnosis and Management of Epilepsy