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MSc Specialist Practice (Cancer) / Course details

Year of entry: 2020

Course unit details:
Urological Cancer

Unit code NURS60090
Credit rating 15
Unit level FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree
Teaching period(s) Variable teaching patterns
Offered by Division of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work
Available as a free choice unit? No


The unit will provide students with the ability to apply learning and development acquired from the course to the care of patients affected by a urological cancer at any stage of the pathway.  The unit will explore prevention and early detection, diagnosis as well as treatment and recovery pathways of urological cancers including: bladder, prostate, kidney, penile and testicular.  The management of both immediate and long term effects of cancer and its treatment will be explored.  The impact of these on a patient’s quality of life will be critically evaluated.



Develop student’s understanding of the aetiological factors and pathophysiology of urological cancers within local, national and international contexts. 

Enable the development of knowledge and understanding of treatment pathways for urological cancers.

Allow students to critically examine current practice and service delivery and to use work based evidence, reflection and current policy to formulate an improvement strategy. 


Teaching and learning methods

  • Classroom based teaching
  • E-Learning
  • Directed and self-directed learning

Knowledge and understanding

  • Compare and contrast current methods of screening and diagnostic investigations for a range of urological cancers.
  • Critically analyse the aetiological factors contributing to the development of urological cancers within local, national and international populations and the strategies used to ameliorate these factors
  • Engage in critical discussion on the concepts of culture and gender that may impact on the early detection and treatment decision-making of urological cancers.
  • Critically explore the physical, social and psychological needs of patients with urological cancers. 
  • Develop an in-depth critical understanding of the pathophysiology of a range of urological cancers.
  • Engage in critical debate on the quality of life issues for patients relating to the long term effects of cancer treatment.

Intellectual skills

  • Critically evaluate current practice and service delivery
  • Critically appraise published urological cancer research and related policies

Practical skills

  • Demonstrate critical thinking and expert problem solving skills in dealing with patients with complex management issues as a result of their urological cancer.
  • Evaluate current treatment options, critically challenging current knowledge and advancing current practice
  • Propose innovative approaches to enhancing current service provision

Transferable skills and personal qualities

  • Develop information technology skills to support lifelong learning and participate in identification of individual learning needs and develop strategies to meet those needs.
  • Evaluate own role, and that of others, in leading and developing practice and service delivery in relation to promoting awareness and behaviour change.
  • Participate in collaborative learning and peer support.
  • Promote independent learning through critical evaluation and synthesis of evidence that enhances and challenges current practice.
  • Systematically evaluate a range of evidence to inform clinical decision-making and professional practice

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Written assignment (inc essay) 100%

Feedback methods

Students will normally have the opportunity to receive feedback on formative work submitted prior to the summative assessment. Other feedback opportunities will also be available in class and online discussion boards. Online feedback is provided in Grademark. Provisional feedback based on internal marking will be made available prior to the Exam Board on the basis that these marks are yet to be ratified at the Exam Board and therefore may be subject to change. A standard feedback mechanism in Grademark is utilised across all postgraduate programmes within the School which provides detailed and constructive feedback on each component and aspect of assessment and identifies areas of strength and those aspects which could be enhanced.

Student feedback is obtained through open discussion forums on blackboard, in class discussions, via formal University unit evaluation forms and also qualitative, in house evaluations at the end of the unit. 

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Study hours

Independent study hours
Independent study 0

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Jane Griffiths Unit coordinator

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