Core Module Information
Module title: Management and Care in Diabetes Mellitus across the Lifespan

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

Module code: NUR11126
Module leader: Jacqui Charlton
School School of Health & Social Care
Subject area group: Nursing


Description of module content:

This module examines the theory (including pathophysiology, aetiology, epidemiology) of Diabetes Mellitus (DM), and relates this to patient care and health education. You will understand that DM is a chronic disease, which unless managed effectively by both health care professionals and the patient, may result in acute (hypo and hyperglycaemia) and long-term complications (heart attack, stroke, blindness, renal failure, limb amputations and sexual dysfunction, depression). The treatment of DM has pharmacological plus lifestyle components i.e. nutrition, physical activity, smoking, alcohol consumption, and stress issues. These inter-link to achieve acceptable blood glucose levels and reduce risk factors of blood pressure, cholesterol, obesity and smoking.
This 14 week module will work through the patient journey. Hence, to prepare you to educate and support patients, family and carers with the understanding of complex care needs. This will incorporate pharmacological, lifestyle changes and treatment compliance in order to enhance quality of life and reduce the risk, or delay the onset of complications for patients.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Analyse the clinical presentation of Diabetes Mellitus and draw conclusions to justify the diagnosis of different types of diabetes.
LO2: Critically explore prescribed treatment plans to the individual patient’s diagnosis and lifestyle requirements.
LO3: Examine the impact of health education strategies of specific client groups and their families, in relation to self-management of diabetes and health.
LO4: Critique acute and long-term complications of diabetes, and analyse the approaches to their prevention or treatment.
LO5: Evaluate the impact and management of diabetes on psychological and emotional wellbeing.
LO6: Critically reflect and assess the care of patients with diabetes, to compare local practice with national evidence-based recommendations.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 2, ONLINE,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: ONLINE
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Jacqui Charlton
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
This module is delivered as a fully online, interactive learning module utilising Moodle. The use of online material using podcasts, videos and power-point presentations, will enhance directed study for you to understand holistic patient care in DM (LO1, LO2, LO3, LO4, LO5). Best practice clinical guidelines will underpin the theoretical content of the module (LO6).
The module is delivered over 5 sections that follow the patient journey; patho-physiology, diagnosis, assessment, pharmaceutical and nutritional management, acute and long-term complications, living activities and glucose control, structured patient education, and psychological issues (LO1, LO2, LO3, LO4, LO5). The expanding role of the nurse within the primary care multi-disciplinary team will be threaded throughout the module (All LOs). There will be “live” tutorials included in each section which will be recorded.
Problem based learning is utilised throughout the module, and weekly on-line discussions focusing on patient cases will encourage active participation to enrich your knowledge and understanding (All LOs). The discussions will relate to the theory within the section which will include issues surrounding; physical and psychological signs and symptoms, glucose-lowering medication, nutritional impact, physical activity, and the effects on blood glucose control (All LOs). Within discussions, you will learn that patient education and support to enable self-care is paramount (LO2, LO3, LO6). Your own and your fellow students clinical questions and resulting debate will be encouraged to allow critical reflection on your own practice (LO6).
Material is regularly updated to reflect current thinking, hot topics, and developments in DM care, and discussions will support you to share your clinical experiences and opinions (All LOs). These will encompass a range of patient groups from children to the elderly population and consider pregnancy, adolescents, and end of life care (LO3).

Formative Assessment:
You will be given the choice of five patient cases, and you will choose one to focus on in your formative and summative assessment. The patient cases have been designed to contain usual patient characteristics that require standard diabetes care and management provided in Primary Care by Practice Nurses.

You have two choices for your summative assessment; 1. A Literature Review, and 2. A Patient Care Report, both of which will be based on your chosen patient case.

In week 6, you will be encouraged to submit a 500 word formative assessment that outlines the key components of your summative assessment being; 1. A Literature Review OR 2. A Patient Care Report.

Summative Assessment:
In week 14, you will be asked to submit a 3500 word summative assessment:

1. A Literature Review to critically explore, generate ideas, and justify best practice recommendations for your chosen patient.
2. A Patient Care Report to critically assess the current diabetes care in your area of work for your chosen patient, and justify any evident clinical changes.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Independent Learning Guided independent study 188
Online Tutorial 12
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 14/15 , WORDS= 3500
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

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