Module title: Professional, Ethical and Legal Issues in Healthcare (Global Online)

SCQF level: 08:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: NUR08400
Module leader: Lisa O'Leary
School School of Health & Social Care
Subject area group: Innovation for Practice
Prerequisites

N/A

2019/0, Trimester 1, ONLINE,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: ONLINE
Location of delivery: OVERSEAS
Partner:
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Lisa O'Leary
Module Organiser:


Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Learning & Teaching methods
This module will be delivered using an online learning approach via Moodle (LOs 1 to 6). Collaborative learning will be promoted through the use of WebEx Sessions, discussion groups on Moodle facilitated by the module team. The Moodle units will be offered in sequential order to guide you through the module content in a paced manner (LOs 1 to 6). WebEx Drop-in sessions, synchronous and asynchronous online discussions with peers and lecturers will support your learning and activities will be provided throughout the module to promote active learning (LOs 1 to 6). The use of Moodle in this module gives greater flexibility so you can choose to learn at a time which suits you. Online tutorials and the use of WebEx will offer the opportunity for you to get together with fellow students in small groups to learn through interactive teaching sessions which aim to build on the content of Moodle (LOs 1 to 6).
There are three distinct units in the module which will cover all of the material identified in the learning outcomes. A wide variety of teaching and learning methods will be used including audio-visual resources, group discussion and activity to foster student engagement. You will be required to learn independently as well as within your class group. WebEx sessions on specific topics from the module units and WebEx Drop-in Sessions for assessment support will be available thoughout the module
Embedding of employability/PDP/Scholarly skills:
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 WebEx for online group tutorials, support and feedback. The use of reflection and application of creative solutions to ethical situations in the healthcare environment will be promoted. Engagement with learning, teaching and assessment activities throughout the module will also help develop academic skills.

Formative Assessment:
The formative assessment is a 500 word summary of an ethical situation from your practice and the ethical issues it raised. This is to provide you with an opportunity to test your understanding of what is meant by ethical issues and ethical dilemmas. Once the summary has been completed (by Week 7) you will be able to gain feedback on your work from your Academic Supervisor via e-mail. The skills developed in undertaking this activity will be useful in the following weeks of the module and in preparing the Summative assessment.

Summative Assessment:
The summative assessment consists of a 3,500 word essay, which will be on an ethical situation from your practice and can be from a discipline specific perspective. Consideration of the situation, in light of the ethical theories, principles, relevant law and the justification of the key ethical arguments, enables demonstration of achievement of the module outcomes.

Students will be required to access and retrieve relevant literature, prepare, organise and discuss the key ethical, legal and professional issues concerning their topic in the essay. The assessment is intended to examine the broad scope of the module content and enable the students to develop their knowledge in an area of healthcare practice which has presented particular ethical challenges.


Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Online Guided independent study 45
Independent Learning Guided independent study 155
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200


Assessment
Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Essay 100 1,2,3,4,5,6 14 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 3500
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100
2019/0, Trimester 2, ONLINE,
Occurrence: 002
Primary mode of delivery: ONLINE
Location of delivery: OVERSEAS
Partner:
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Lisa O'Leary
Module Organiser:


Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Learning & Teaching methods
This module will be delivered using an online learning approach via Moodle (LOs 1 to 6). Collaborative learning will be promoted through the use of WebEx Sessions, discussion groups on Moodle facilitated by the module team. The Moodle units will be offered in sequential order to guide you through the module content in a paced manner (LOs 1 to 6). WebEx Drop-in sessions, synchronous and asynchronous online discussions with peers and lecturers will support your learning and activities will be provided throughout the module to promote active learning (LOs 1 to 6). The use of Moodle in this module gives greater flexibility so you can choose to learn at a time which suits you. Online tutorials and the use of WebEx will offer the opportunity for you to get together with fellow students in small groups to learn through interactive teaching sessions which aim to build on the content of Moodle (LOs 1 to 6).
There are three distinct units in the module which will cover all of the material identified in the learning outcomes. A wide variety of teaching and learning methods will be used including audio-visual resources, group discussion and activity to foster student engagement. You will be required to learn independently as well as within your class group. WebEx sessions on specific topics from the module units and WebEx Drop-in Sessions for assessment support will be available thoughout the module
Embedding of employability/PDP/Scholarly skills:
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 WebEx for online group tutorials, support and feedback. The use of reflection and application of creative solutions to ethical situations in the healthcare environment will be promoted. Engagement with learning, teaching and assessment activities throughout the module will also help develop academic skills.

Formative Assessment:
The formative assessment is a 500 word summary of an ethical situation from your practice and the ethical issues it raised. This is to provide you with an opportunity to test your understanding of what is meant by ethical issues and ethical dilemmas. Once the summary has been completed (by Week 7) you will be able to gain feedback on your work from your Academic Supervisor via e-mail. The skills developed in undertaking this activity will be useful in the following weeks of the module and in preparing the Summative assessment.

Summative Assessment:
The summative assessment consists of a 3,500 word essay, which will be on an ethical situation from your practice and can be from a discipline specific perspective. Consideration of the situation, in light of the ethical theories, principles, relevant law and the justification of the key ethical arguments, enables demonstration of achievement of the module outcomes.

Students will be required to access and retrieve relevant literature, prepare, organise and discuss the key ethical, legal and professional issues concerning their topic in the essay. The assessment is intended to examine the broad scope of the module content and enable the students to develop their knowledge in an area of healthcare practice which has presented particular ethical challenges.


Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Online Guided independent study 45
Independent Learning Guided independent study 155
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200


Assessment
Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Essay 100 1,2,3,4,5,6 14 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 3500
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

You will be introduced to ethical theories and principles relevant to health care; these include utilitarianism, deontology, the ethics of care, values-based care and the bio-ethical principles. Other topics addressed in the module are responsibility and accountability, professional regulation, record keeping, consent, confidentiality, patient rights, restraint, and do-not-attempt cardio pulmonary resuscitation (DNACPR). Adults with incapacity and other related issues, such as, the use and abuse of power, and advocacy are also considered. Relevant professional, ethical and legal implications will be related to all areas considered in the module.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Examine professional, ethical and legal issues relevant to contemporary healthcare practice.
LO2: Apply ethical theories and principles to healthcare situations arising from practice.
LO3: Examine professional regulation and accountability and how this relates to practice in your country.
LO4: Demonstrate insight into the importance of rights for individuals and groups in terms of healthcare provision.
LO5: Review personal and professional values underpinning compassionate care and person-centred approaches to care.
LO6: Use case studies and practice based scenarios to explore and apply the principles concepts and theories that relate to professional, ethical and legal healthcare practice.

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