Core Module Information
Module title: Promoting Excellence in older People's Care

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

Module code: NUR09135
Module leader: Sandra Sharp
School School of Health & Social Care
Subject area group: Nursing


Description of module content:

This module will help you explore the theories of ageing from a physical, psychological, social and cultural aspect. Older people and health care will be contextualised from a local and world-wide perspective and include exploration of the value of nursing theories when assessing, planning and evaluating nursing care.

You will be encouraged to use health care related policies, legislation and strategies; both local and international, to examine the importance of individualised approaches to meeting the, often complex healthcare needs of older people within communities and globally - as well as examine the impact of the ageing population on health related services.

Global demographics will be discussed and the issues of the old, old-old and oldest old will be highlighted. Strategies promoting healthy ageing will be discussed in relation to all cohorts of older people and to centenarians.

Your focus of this module will be on well-being and health promotion with consideration to the delivery of care to older people with acute and long-standing ill-health issues eg long term conditions such as stroke, COPD and mental health issues such as depression, alcohol and drug misuse and dementia. Age stratification of the old will be discussed in light of the additional considerations needed for the care of the frail old.

The module will utilise a strengths based, person centred approach to working with cohorts of older people to maximise independence and promote self-care. Case examples and vignettes will be used to increase your opportunities to apply theories and frameworks and to maximise synthesis.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to
LO 1: Examine the relationship between the aging population and the health care priorities within nursing practice today.
L O 2: Evaluate evidence-base for the assessment, planning and evaluation of holistic and compassionate care for older adults and their families.
L O 3: Evaluate the concept of healthy ageing and the national and international strategies for health promotion.
L O 4: Critically explore the effectiveness of nursing theories and approaches to working with older people who have complex needs.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, 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: Sandra Sharp
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
The learning and teaching approach for this module fully online. The teaching episodes will be throughout the trimester and will include a range of on-line interactions and activities using a range of media. The modules’ online teaching will be focussed around interactive lectures, tutor led online discussion fora, small group online activities and facilitated whole class discussions. The core short lectures will form the basis for the theoretical perspectives explored and case examples will be utilised to contextualise the theory in real life nursing experiences (LO 1, 2 & 3).

The group-work format has benefits as it will use the students existing knowledge and expertise to explore the theoretical, legislative and inter-relational aspects that impact on working in partnership with older people (LO 1 – 4). The use of online groups will allow for students to network and link with other students, make connections and engage in peer learning opportunities supporting a sense of belonging.

The module structure, delivery and the content will be centred on the application of the SENSES Framework (Nolan 2006). This is to both show the application of this approach in practice and to enhance the student experience by increasing their sense of security, purpose, achievement and belonging while on the module. The students will be encouraged to actively participate and draw from their wealth of knowledge and experience in practice to support their learning utilising the opportunities for students to apply what they learn to their practice (LO 4).
Case examples and vignettes will be utilised in the teaching to support the application and contextualisation of ageing and nursing theories within practice supporting students who may not directly work with older people.

Formative Assessment:
Formative feedback is offered via case study submission to support learning and support the development of the summative assessment (LO 1 & 2).

Summative Assessment:
Summative assessment will be in the form of an essay that will examine the theoretical and legislative perspective of positive approaches to nursing care that support older people.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Online Lecture 16
Online Tutorial 12
Online Groupwork (Scheduled) 30
Online Guided independent study 142
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 14/15 , WORDS= 3500
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

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