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Session: 2022/23

Last modified: 17/03/2022 10:48:21

Title of Module: Rights, risks & ethics in advanced dementia

Code: NURS11128 SCQF Level: 11
(Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework)
Credit Points: 20 ECTS: 10
(European Credit Transfer Scheme)
School:School of Health and Life Sciences
Module Co-ordinator:Louise  Ritchie

Summary of Module

This module will provide the foundation for identifying and conceptualising a range of ethical perspectives and will include discussion of positive risk-taking for people with advanced dementia. It will consider ethical dilemmas within advanced dementia care practice where ethical perspectives may conflict with each other, such as autonomy versus non-maleficence and beneficence.  It will equip students with extensive knowledge and understanding of rights-based approaches in advanced dementia care and a detailed understanding of person-centred, family-centred and relationship-centred philosophies of care.  Students will demonstrate a critical understanding of how rights, risks and ethical considerations in advanced dementia care can be applied to local practice and will reflect on their own attitude towards risk and risk-taking.

The above contributes to the development of the UWS Graduate AttributesUniversal - critical thinking, analytical, inquiring, culturally aware, emotionally intelligent, ethically-minded, culturally aware, collaborative, research-minded and socially responsible; Work-Ready -knowledgeable, digitally literate, effective communicator, motivated, potential leader;  and Successful -autonomous, incisive, creative, resilient and daring.

  • This module has been developed as part of the Dementia Palliare project which aims develop interprofessional experiential learning in order to equip the qualified dementia workforce across Europe to champion evidence informed improvements to advanced dementia care and family caring.

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. Identify and conceptualise multiple ethical perspectives in advanced dementia care

L2. Demonstrate advanced understanding of rights based approaches in advanced dementia care

L3. Clearly articulate principles of person-centred, family centred and relationship centred advanced dementia care

L4. Conceptualise and evaluate positive risk taking for people with advanced dementia and their families in different contexts

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 11.

Demonstrate extensive knowledge and critical theory of rights, risks and ethical practice in relation to advanced dementia
Critically appraise different care contexts
Demonstrate cognisance of changing needs among different cultures and in different contexts

Practice: Applied Knowledge and Understanding SCQF Level 11.

Source, apply and demonstrate use of specialised research literature and materials associated with the subject
Further enhance professional development by making use of evidence based resources that may assist in decision making in the workplace

Generic Cognitive skills SCQF Level 11.

Apply critical analysis, evaluation and synthesis to contemporary issues affecting people with advanced and advancing dementia and their families.
Develop creative and original responses to presenting issues.
Identify, conceptualise and define new and abstract problems and issues.

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills SCQF Level 11.

Use a range of ICT applications to support and enhance work at this level and adjust features to suit purpose.
Undertake critical evaluations of a range of statistical and graphical data.
Communicate using appropriate method to a range of audiences with different levels of expertise.

Autonomy, Accountability and Working with others SCQF Level 11.

Critical understanding of complex ethical issues in relation to promoting the autonomy, beneficence, non-maleficence and justice of people with advanced dementia and their families.

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
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)
Independent Study140
Tutorial/Synchronous Support Activity6
Personal Development Plan6
Asynchronous Class Activity48
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:

Hughes, J.C. (2014) How We Think About Dementia: Personhood, Rights, Ethics, the Arts and What They Mean for Care. London, Jessica Kingsley. (ebook)

Clarke, C (2011) Risk assessment and management for living well with dementia. London: Jessica Kingsley (ebook)

Brodaty, H. (2015). The practice and ethics of dementia care. International Psychogeriatrics, 27, pp 1579-1581. doi:10.1017/S1041610215001234. [online access]

Sellevold. S., et al. (2013) "Quality care for persons experiencing dementia: The significance of relational ethics." Nursing ethics 0969733012462050. [online access]

Strech, et al. "The full spectrum of ethical issues in dementia care: systematic qualitative review." The British Journal of Psychiatry 202.6 (2013): 400-406. [online access]

Monroe, B., et al. (2013) "Ethical and legal issues in pain research in cognitively impaired older adults." International Journal of Nursing Studies Vol. 50(9), pp. 1283-1287. [online access]

Julian Hughes, models of dementia care: can we do it better?

Department of Health (2010) Nothing ventured, nothing gained: risk guidance for people with dementia.

Stevenson, M., McDowell, M.E. and Taylor, B.J., 2018. Concepts for communication about risk in dementia care: A review of the literature. Dementia, 17(3), pp.359-390.

(**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 BoardMental Health Nursing & IP
Assessment Results (Pass/Fail) No
Subject PanelMHN&IP L9-11
ModeratorMargaret Brown
External ExaminerL Macaden
Accreditation Details
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Assessment: (also refer to Assessment Outcomes Grids below)
Formative (non assessed 0%): The student will be given peer reviewed academic articles that identify some of the rights, risks and ethical considerations of advanced dementia care. The students will individually source one other peer reviewed article that either supports or challenges the perspectives presented in this material and will present the key issues and implications for practice.

Summative: (assessed 100%)‘Risk taking is an inherent part of everyday life’. Discuss the key ethical issues this raises in relation to the person with advanced dementia and their family from a person-centred, family centred and relationship centred perspective. (4500 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) Learning Outcome (4) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
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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.

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