Module title: Substance use, Families and Society

SCQF level: 11:
SCQF credit value: 40.00
ECTS credit value: 20

Module code: NMS11187
Module leader: Peter Hillen
School School of Health & Social Care
Subject area group: Mental Health and Learning Disability
Prerequisites

n/a

2018/9, Trimester 3, BLENDED,
Occurrence: 002
Primary mode of delivery: BLENDED
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Partner:
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Peter Hillen
Module Organiser:


Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
A range of teaching methods and media will be utilised within the module. The blended content of the module will be delivered over two trimesters and seven days face to face classroom contact. There will be an emphasis on the development of new knowledge and skills through graduated case discussion, (LOs 1 to 4), which will be enhanced by online activities and lectures from expert practitioners (LOs 2 & 4). Online small group discussion will be designed to enhance (LOs 3 &4) and your understanding of the subjective experience of the substance user, family and carer (LO5). In addition you will be expected to refine your skills in literature searching/critiquing and use of Moodle which will also provide a range of teaching and learning activities. Critically reflective and evaluative skills will be developed through reference to national and international literature and classroom and on-line discussion and debate (LOs 1 to 4).

Formative Assessment:
to be advised

Summative Assessment:
The evidence-informed project proposal will be a 5000 word essay involving theoretical components of the course and their application to either policy, service evaluation or practice which will meet all the learning outcomes.

Summative component (1): Class presentation (critical appraisal), reflective piece on service user voice (500 words), and skills practice (end of Semester 2)

Summative component (2): Evidence-informed project proposal (5000 word essay) Semester 3.


Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 42
Face To Face Tutorial 42
Independent Learning Guided independent study 316
Total Study Hours400
Expected Total Study Hours for Module400


Assessment
Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Essay 100 1,2,3,4 &5 29 , WORDS= 5000
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100
2019/0, Trimester 2, BLENDED,
Occurrence: 003
Primary mode of delivery: BLENDED
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Partner:
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Peter Hillen
Module Organiser:


Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
A range of teaching methods and media will be utilised within the module. The blended content of the module will be delivered over two trimesters and seven days face to face classroom contact. There will be an emphasis on the development of new knowledge and skills through graduated case discussion, (LOs 1 to 4), which will be enhanced by online activities and lectures from expert practitioners (LOs 2 & 4). Online small group discussion will be designed to enhance (LOs 3 &4) and your understanding of the subjective experience of the substance user, family and carer (LO5). In addition you will be expected to refine your skills in literature searching/critiquing and use of Moodle which will also provide a range of teaching and learning activities. Critically reflective and evaluative skills will be developed through reference to national and international literature and classroom and on-line discussion and debate (LOs 1 to 4).

Formative Assessment:
To be advised

Summative Assessment:
The evidence-informed project proposal will be a 5000 word essay involving theoretical components of the course and their application to either policy, service evaluation or practice which will meet all the learning outcomes.

Summative component (1): Class presentation (critical appraisal), reflective piece on service user voice (500 words), and skills practice (end of Semester 2)

Summative component (2): Evidence-informed project proposal (5000 word essay) Semester 3.






Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 42
Face To Face Tutorial 42
Independent Learning Guided independent study 316
Total Study Hours400
Expected Total Study Hours for Module400


Assessment
Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Essay 100 1,2,3,4 & 5 29 , WORDS= 5000
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

Your studies will include the epidemiology of alcohol and drug use, misuse and dependence, with a focus on inequalities, families and society. You will undertake a critical appraisal of biological, psychological, social, cultural and environmental theories of substance-related problems. This learning will include discriminating consideration of relevant legislation and policy development and their relationship to practice and population health and the effects of substance use on health and wellbeing at different stages over the lifespan and within different social environments. You will explore; current concepts of recovery, harm reduction, behaviour change, vulnerability, resilience and relapse, the effects of stigma on individuals and families and the delivery of care and outcomes. Learning will also involve a critical consideration of parenting, couple and family functioning within the context of substance use, models of care including multidisciplinary and multiagency working, mutual-aid, social network and family-focused approaches, brief interventions, medication-assisted recovery, detoxification and rehabilitation; You will critically review the research evidence relating to effective interventions within specific groups across the lifespan e.g., pregnant women and newborn infants; children and young people; mothers and fathers; affected family members and social networks; older people; as well as those affected by co-morbidities such as trauma and mental ill-health, domestic abuse, criminal justice involvement, blood borne viruses, liver disease and cognitive impairment. You will appraise the skills required to successfully engage with, assess and support the substance user and their family. You will engage in critical dialogue around the design of policy and service evaluations.

In this module you will learn about critical issues and recent advances in the conceptualisation of substance use, misuse and dependence and their effects across the lifespan on individuals, families and communities, as well as effective prevention and treatment approaches. You will explore evidence within the context of policy development and public protection, while emphasis is placed upon developing knowledge and skills to apply within health and social care environments. You will be expected to critically evaluate your own values and practice and also demonstrate awareness of the values held by others and their impact on the treatment and care of individuals and families affected by substance use.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to:

LO1: Using a broad range of evidence, critically explore contemporary theories of substance misuse
LO2: Evaluate socio-cultural factors which influence substance use, the development of problem use, dependence and recovery.

LO3: Debate the effectiveness of current legislation, social policy and strategic approaches to substance-related problems

LO4: Critically evaluate the effectiveness of interventions to prevent and treat substance use, misuse and dependence, including interventions for families and communities.

LO5: Critically reflect on the subjective experience of the substance user, family and carer.

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