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Session: 2022/23

Last modified: 04/05/2021 10:13:16

Title of Module: The Principles of Haematology

Code: NURS09220 SCQF Level: 9
(Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework)
Credit Points: 20 ECTS: 10
(European Credit Transfer Scheme)
School:School of Health and Life Sciences
Module Co-ordinator:Constantina  Papadopoulou

Summary of Module

Conditions of the blood (Haematology) are a common occurrence and can affect the care of people across a wide range of health care services.  As such this module will be relevant to a range of health care professionals who in the course of their practice are caring for patients with haematological conditions and will enable them to develop their knowledge and skills to effectively care for patients and provide support for their family.

The content will reflect on the current research within this field and emphasise both the theoretical and practical aspects of care and treatment of patients with a range of blood disorders. This will include exploration of common non-malignant and malignant blood disorders and current best practice in anti-coagulant therapy. Students will be able to select the specific conditions they focus their studies on.

The module is suitable for a range of healthcare professionals and will support participants to become graduates who are universal, work-ready and successful by promoting global citizenship and graduateness regardless of geography or employment status.

As this is a theoretical module a workplace supervisor is not required.

Module Delivery Method
Face-To-FaceBlendedFully OnlineHybridCHybridOWork-based Learning
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Term used to describe the traditional classroom environment where the students and the lecturer meet synchronously in the same room for the whole provision.

A mode of delivery of a module or a programme that involves online and face-to-face delivery of learning, teaching and assessment activities, student support and feedback. A programme may be considered “blended” if it includes a combination of face-to-face, online and blended modules. If an online programme has any compulsory face-to-face and campus elements it must be described as blended with clearly articulated delivery information to manage student expectations

Fully Online
Instruction that is solely delivered by web-based or internet-based technologies. This term is used to describe the previously used terms distance learning and e learning.

Online with mandatory face-to-face learning on Campus

Online with optional face-to-face learning on Campus

Work-based Learning
Learning activities where the main location for the learning experience is in the workplace.

Campus(es) for Module Delivery
The module will normally be offered on the following campuses / or by Distance/Online Learning: (Provided viable student numbers permit)
Paisley:Ayr:Dumfries:Lanarkshire:London:Distance/Online Learning:Other:






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Term(s) for Module Delivery
(Provided viable student numbers permit).
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Learning Outcomes: (maximum of 5 statements)

On successful completion of this module the student will be able to:

L1. Demonstrate a broad and integrated understanding of the aetiology of the different haematological conditions.

L2. Critically discuss the underlying principles of the different therapeutic interventions and subsequent care and management of associated toxicities/complications.

L3. Critically analyse the physical, psychological and ethical issues related to care, treatment and rehabilitation of individuals who have a haematological condition.

Employability Skills and Personal Development Planning (PDP) Skills
SCQF Headings During completion of this module, there will be an opportunity to achieve core skills in:
Knowledge and Understanding (K and U) SCQF Level 9.

Understanding the evidence base underpinning the treatment and care delivered to a person with a haematological condition;

Critical understanding of the effects of haematological illness on a person’s life.

Practice: Applied Knowledge and Understanding SCQF Level 9.

Utilising knowledge and skills to contribute to and challenge current practice;

Apply theoretical learning to haematological conditions observed in own practice.

Generic Cognitive skills SCQF Level 9.

Critically evaluating current literature and information and application to clinical areas where haematology patients are cared for.

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills SCQF Level 9.

Communicating effectively and sensitively with patients and their relatives at various stages throughout their illness;

Communicate effectively with a range of professionals;

Making effective use of electronic resources to retrieve and discuss evidence relating to haematological illness issues.

Autonomy, Accountability and Working with others SCQF Level 9.

Working effectively as a key member of the multi-professional team;

Recognition of the need to respect patient autonomy and choice;

Recognition of the role of professional autonomy and role boundaries within the care team.

Pre-requisites: Before undertaking this module the student should have undertaken the following:
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Co-requisitesModule Code:
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* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

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Learning and Teaching
This module may be delivered fully online utilising a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).

Students who are learning fully online and are supported by the VLE will receive: Core quality assured module resources; individual and group tutorial support and directed learning via the VLE system. This will be aided by synchronous online classroom sessions, asynchronous discussion boards; directed wider reading including access to electronic library and e-books.
Learning Activities
During completion of this module, the learning activities undertaken to achieve the module learning outcomes are stated below:
Student Learning Hours
(Normally totalling 200 hours):
(Note: Learning hours include both contact hours and hours spent on other learning activities)
Lecture/Core Content Delivery36
Tutorial/Synchronous Support Activity20
Asynchronous Class Activity44
Independent Study94
Personal Development Plan6
200 Hours Total

**Indicative Resources: (eg. Core text, journals, internet access)

The following materials form essential underpinning for the module content and ultimately for the learning outcomes:

There is no core text for this module - all are classed as recommended reading:

Brown M, Cutler TJ (2012) Haematology Nursing. Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell.

Galvani DW, Bower MD (Eds) (2010) Medical Masterclass: Haematology and Oncology (2nd Edition). London: Royal College of Physicians

Howard MR, Hamilton PJ (2013) Haematology: An Illustrated Colour Text (4th Ed). Edinburgh: Churchill-Livingstone/Elsevier.

Smith G, (2010) Problem Solving in Haematology. Oxford: Oxford.

In addition to these texts students will be directed to a wide range of international, national and local information to support the module content and learning outcomes.

(**N.B. Although reading lists should include current publications, students are advised (particularly for material marked with an asterisk*) to wait until the start of session for confirmation of the most up-to-date material)

Engagement Requirements

In line with the Academic Engagement Procedure, Students are defined as academically engaged if they are regularly engaged with timetabled teaching sessions, course-related learning resources including those in the Library and on the relevant learning platform, and complete assessments and submit these on time. Please refer to the Academic Engagement Procedure at the following link: Academic engagement procedure

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Supplemental Information

Programme BoardBiological Sciences and Health
Assessment Results (Pass/Fail) No
Subject PanelHealth L7-11
ModeratorMoira Dale
External ExaminerA Ward
Accreditation Details
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Assessment: (also refer to Assessment Outcomes Grids below)
Formative Assessment
This module is formatively assessed by individual learning activities that are embedded within each of the learning units. This may be achieved in face to face discussion in the classroom or by completed online via the module VLE.

Summative Assessment
Component 1
The student will take part in an online class test on the science of haematological conditions. This will account for 30% of the module mark.
Component 2
The student will be required to answer an essay question providing a critical analysis of the care given to a patient with an identified type of haematological condition. This will account for 70% of the total mark (2750 words).
(N.B. (i) Assessment Outcomes Grids for the module (one for each component) can be found below which clearly demonstrate how the learning outcomes of the module will be assessed.
(ii) An indicative schedule listing approximate times within the academic calendar when assessment is likely to feature will be provided within the Student Handbook.)

Assessment Outcome Grids (Footnote A.)

Component 1
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
Class test (written)check markcheck mark 300

Component 2
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
Case study check markcheck mark700
Combined Total For All Components100% 0 hours

A. Referred to within Assessment Section above
B. Identified in the Learning Outcome Section above

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  1. More than one assessment method can be used to assess individual learning outcomes.
  2. Schools are responsible for determining student contact hours. Please refer to University Policy on contact hours (extract contained within section 10 of the Module Descriptor guidance note).
    This will normally be variable across Schools, dependent on Programmes &/or Professional requirements.

Equality and Diversity
The School of Health and Life Sciences believes that education and practitioner diversity are central to achieving quality of care.

Within the module, quality of care, inclusiveness and employability are achieved by:
• Provision of a welcoming and supportive culture that promotes accessibility and equal opportunities to students and prospective students
• Promotion of confidence and knowledge of their rights as a student and employee
• Promotion of respect and knowledge of client diversity, their needs, rights and associated practitioner responsibilities

The above aims, supported by staff belief in fairness and equal opportunities, guide content, teaching and learning, assessment and evaluation.

Disability disclosure is encouraged throughout recruitment, selection and throughout the duration of this module. Emphasis is placed on confidentiality of information, the benefits of disclosure and that no detriment to progress will be experienced.

To enable the module to be responsive to the demand for equality and diversity, procedures and processes have been subject to Equality Impact Screening and where appropriate Equality Impact Assessment. Evaluation by all key stakeholders through the life of the module is also central to meeting commitments.

Online students must be able to access and use appropriate IT equipment, and to gain access to the University Virtual Learning Environment, student email and the internet resources available to all enrolled students.

Further detail is available in the specific section of the Programme Specification
(N.B. Every effort will be made by the University to accommodate any equality and diversity issues brought to the attention of the School)

UWS Equality and Diversity Policy
(N.B. Every effort will be made by the University to accommodate any equality and diversity issues brought to the attention of the School)

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