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MSc Specialist Practice (Cancer) / Course details

Year of entry: 2020

Course unit details:
Colorectal Cancer

Unit code NURS60096
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 course unit is designed to enable students to develop and apply the knowledge and skills necessary in relation to caring for the patient with colorectal cancer, and their families. 
The emphasis of the course will be on the facilitation of critical thinking and its application, enabling critical review and advancement of specialist practice in colorectal cancer. 


Enable students to develop and further their critical application of the specialist knowledge and skills required to support and care for people with colorectal cancer and their family. 
The course provides the opportunity to develop an analytical understanding of the theoretical underpinnings of specialist service development, advances in clinical practice, political influences and policy development. 

Teaching and learning methods

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

Knowledge and understanding

  • Critically explore the pathophysiology of colorectal cancers.
  • Critically analyse the physical, social and psychological needs that patients with colorectal cancer may experience during their treatment pathway.
  • Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of the role of health promotion, screening for, and early detection of, colorectal cancer and the impact of these on patient outcomes.
  • Critically evaluate  the quality of life issues associated with a diagnosis of colorectal cancer.
  • Critically evaluate current treatments options and justify, best practice identifying areas for service development and delivery.
  • Critically evaluate the underpinning professional, ethical and legal concepts relating to the care of patients, relatives and service delivery.  

Intellectual skills

  • Critically evaluate and synthesise peer reviewed literature and international/national/local policies relating to the delivery of care for patients with colorectal cancer.
  • Critically evaluate current practice and service delivery and, drawing on a range of evidence, propose innovative approaches to enhancing current service provision.

Practical skills

  • Apply a critical thinking, problem solving approach to the care of colorectal  patients with a stoma 

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 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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