Module title: Contemporary Ethical and Professional Issues in Healthcare

SCQF level: 11:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: NMS11129
Module leader: Barbara Neades
School School of Health & Social Care
Subject area group: Enduring Conditions and Community Care


2019/0, Trimester 1, Online,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: Online
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Barbara Neades
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Learning & Teaching methods including their alignment to LOs
Student centred, using web-based materials, online discussions, textbooks, formative feedback and supervisor assessment (LOs 2,3,4,5). Self-selected topic for critically reflective essay development promotes active engagement with, and responsibility for, fulfilment of learning outcomes 1, 2 and 6. Academic supervisor provides comments on the critically reflective essay outline to feed forward in preparation of the critically reflective essay (LO 6).

Embedding of employability/PDP/Scholarship Skills
Online peer discussion promotes collaborative skills (LO 5). Self-selected critically reflective essay topic encourages autonomy, organisation and time management. Intellectual skills are required to access and critique evidence-based material and synthesise theory with practice (LOs 1, 6).

Formative Assessment:
Lecturers provide formative feedback throughout the module. The critically reflective essay outline is reviewed formatively by the supervisor (1,000 words).

Summative Assessment:
This will feed forward into the Summative critically reflective essay. Discussion forums address module LOs 1-6 and the summative critically reflective essay (4000 words - 100% of total grade) develops at least one outcome in depth.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Online Groupwork (Scheduled) 40
Online Groupwork (Independent Study) 85
Online Guided independent study 75
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Essay 100 1,2,3,4,5,6 14 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 4000
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

Unit 1: module overview/scene-setting ie placing law and ethics in context of healthcare/ethical theories/principles/ethical aspects related to informed consent.
Unit 2: ethical aspects of; private/public sector/mixed economy of care/resource allocation/health inequalities/health promotion/globalisation.
Unit 3: healthcare ethics across the lifespan; professional challenges; accountability/codes of ethics.

The module is ideal if you are interested in ethical, professional and legal issues in healthcare. Internet access is required to access module materials, participate in online discussions about contemporary issues in healthcare and communicate with other students and the module team. You will be encouraged to use materials relevant to your own area of practice (national and/or international) in development of the module assessment (critically reflective essay), in which you will explore and analyse a self-selected ethical, professional and/or legal issue relevant to healthcare.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to
LO1: Critically appraise the relationship between ethical theory and healthcare practice.
LO2: Analyse ethical and legal aspects of contemporary issues in healthcare.
LO3: Critically explore the ethical impact of healthcare provision on individuals.
LO4:.Evaluate the concept of consent in healthcare settings.
LO5: Debate specific issues relevant to ethics across the lifespan.
LO6: Critically reflect on professional challenges relevant to ethical healthcare practice.

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