NURSING 7124 - Management of Chronic Illness
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2015
General Course Information
Course Code NURSING 7124 Course Management of Chronic Illness Coordinating Unit School of Nursing Term Semester 1 Level Postgraduate Coursework Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 6 Contact Flexible delivery mode Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N Restrictions Available to M.NursSc students only Course Description The specific objective of this course is to enable students to: develop an aspect of care based on current research evidence: acquire literature searching and critical evaluation skills using systematic procedures; and further develop 'transferable' management and communication skills. Students will cover the following topics: principles of management within the context of community/palliative care, diabetes, continence and medication management in relation to community care.
Course Coordinator: Dr Lynette Cusack
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes
1 Identify the complex behaviour and psychosocial challenges for people and their families living with chronic illness 2 Review and discuss the evidence related to the nursing practice of a range of chronic illnesses 3 Evaluate and discuss practice initiatives to facilitate positive care partnerships across health services. 4 Examine the tension, challenges and broader contextual issues within the cultural, social and health care environment for people and their families living with chronic illness
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This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s) Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1-2 The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 2 An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 2-4 Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 3 A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 2 A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 1-4 A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 2-3 An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 1, 4
Lubkin, IM & Larsen, PD, (eds) 2013, Chronic Illness Impact and Intervention, 8th edn, Jones and Bartlett Learning Elsevier Publishing, Burlington MA.
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Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThis course utilises flexible learning methods to enable it to be offered in an open learning format. It consists of readings and a Study guide which, as the name implies, guides you through the prescribed readings. Each week you are directed to specific readings. The Study guide contains interactive activities which are designed to test and consolidate your knowledge and to develop your skills to critique.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.It is expected that you will need to invest about 24 hours per week of study to successfully complete this course. It is recommended that you plan your time commitment to the course at the beginning of the semester. This includes all study activities, readings and assessment. Thus some weeks it will be more and others less. It is recommended that you plan your time commitment to the course at the beginning of the semester.
Learning Activities SummaryManagement of Chronic Illness is comprised of 12 topics which each span one week.
Week 1: Context of the Burden of Disease
Week2: At Risk Populations
Week 3: Mental Health
Week 4: Musculoskeletal Conditions
Week 5: Cardiovascular disease
Week 6: Obesity and Diabetes
Week 7: Cancer
Week 8: Neurological
Week 9: Asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
Week 10: Chronic Kidney Disease
Week 11: Palliative Care
Week 12: Future roles
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Assessment Task Assessment Type Weighting Learning Outcome(s) being addressed Portfolio Part 1 Formative 0% 4 Portfolio Part 2 Formative 30% 1, 2 Portfolio Part 3 Summative 70% 1-4
Assessment DetailAchievement in this course will be assessed by successful completion of the incremental portfolio. Assessment will consist of:
• Assessment 1: Portfolio A
Due Date: Semester 1: Week 2
Length: 500 words
• Assessment 1: Portfolio B
Due Date: Semester 1: Week 5
Length: 1,650 words
• Assessment 2: Portfolio C
Due Date: Semester 1: Week 12
Length: 4,950 words – Portfolio
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SubmissionAssessments are to be submitted electronically via Turnitin in MyUni on the due date identified in this Study guide.
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M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
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