Bioethical Issues in Healthcare

MQF Level 6

6 Credits (ECTS)

Bioethical Issues in Healthcare

Start
October 2024
Module Type
Elective
Price
€400
ECTS Credits
6 Credits (ECTS)
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Module Description

This module will equip nurses to enhance their knowledge with new ethical and legal challenges met at their place of work.

Health care today demands an increased bioethical competence. The module will have an important contribution in the formation of nurses, enabling them to face the current ethical challenges.

It will focus on:

  • Anthropological and Methodological Issues
  • The Best Interests of the Child
  • Priority Setting, Justice and Resource Allocation
  • Suffering, Spirituality and Palliative Care
  • End of Life issues
  • Ethical issues in Genetics
  • The relationship between spirituality, health care and bioethics.

Entry Requirements

  • Candidates who apply for this course must possess a qualification equivalent to a Higher Diploma (120 ECTS) in Nursing accredited at MQF 5. 
  • Preference will be given to prospective applicants having a year of work experience related to the study programme. 

 

Target Audience

  • This programme is targeted at nurses who are registered with the Council for Nurses and Midwives Malta and/or other registering bodies. 

Module / Unit Instructions

The proposed structure comprises a blended approach promoting the building of a community of practice via peer-to-peer learning. The structure uses primarily two dimensions of teaching-learning modes:

1. Face-to-face sessions: 18 hours

2. Online Learning Activities: 12 hours

Face to Face sessions

Face-to-face sessions include lectures, tutorials, discussions, presentations and workshop activities promoting peer-to-peer learning.

Online Learning Activities

Online learning activities incorporate tutorials and asynchronous discussions. These may consist of active interaction, participation and contributions in fora discussions, sharing resources and self-reflection exercises.

Learners also contribute to the building of the community of practice by providing feedback to their peers as critical friends, enhancing the learner’s critical engagement throughout the study period.

The tutor provides continual support during both teaching -learning modes by providing information, readings and tasks relevant to the module in question.

The tutor provides continuous formative feedback as an on-going guidance during the student’s learning experience in preparation for their summative assessment.

How you’ll be assessed

Assessment of each module consists of two assignments, each carrying a weighting as below:

a) One Formative assignment carries 20% of total module mark achieved. b) One Summative assignment carries 80% of total module mark achieved.

For successful completion of a study module the student is required to achieve a minimum of 41% pass mark in both the formative and the summative assignment.

The overall grade achieved for each module is calculated as the sum of: · 20% of the mark achieved for formative assignment; and · 80% of the mark achieved for the summative assignment.

All assignment tasks of both formative and summative assessment aim to provide the learner an opportunity to produce evidence of his/her competences aligned to the learning outcomes of each individual Module.

Assessment

a) Formative assessment tasks are provided in the form of structured online discussions that support learners in their development throughout all of the modules studied.

Such discussions are facilitated and monitored by lecturer who provides students with constructive feedback to help them improve and prepare for summative assignment and dissertation.

For successful completion of a study module the student is required to achieve a minimum of 41% pass mark in the formative assignment.

Formative assessment tasks will contribute to the student’s final mark to acknowledge their work and give chance to improve.

This method allows students to also contribute to the building of the community of practice by providing feedback to their peers as critical friends, enhancing the learner’s critical engagement throughout the study period.

b) Summative assessment is done via one assignment at the end of each module. The mode of assessment varies and may include in-class assignments, and home-based written assignments.

The recommended assessment tool for this module is an essay title or case studies based on relevant real-life scenarios.

Word count range: 3000 ± 10%

For successful completion of a study module the student is required to achieve a minimum of 41% pass mark in summative assignment.

Assignment
Discussions

Module Intake Dates

October 2024
Malta
Price
€400

Additional Info

Reading for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing top-up degree as presented in this brochure costs €4,000.*  

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be eligible for a 70% refund of the cost through the ‘Get Qualified’ scheme.** 

Due to the modular structure of the course, you may also opt to take individual modules as stand-alone. The entry requirements still apply.***  

*Prices are applicable to students who reside in Malta at the time of applying. 

**Terms and conditions apply.  

*** For the price of individual modules, please contact the IDEA Academy team.  

Learning Outcomes

Competences:

At the end of the module/unit the learner will have acquired the ability to, independently:

  • Develop professional responsibility and accountability to make ethical decisions within nursing practice.
  • Identify and critically analyse the development of a culture respectful of bioethics amongst the nursing profession.
  • Critically analyse an appraise the theoretical basics of bioethics.
  • Critically evaluate the capacities for ethical decision-making relevant to nursing professional
  • Critically analyse the relationship between spirituality, health care and bioethics.

Knowledge:

At the end of the module/unit the learner will have been exposed to the following:

  • Anthropological and Methodological Issues.
  • The Best Interests of the Child.
  • Priority Setting, Justice and Resource Allocation.
  • Suffering, Spirituality and Palliative Care.
  • End of Life issues.
  • Ethical issues in Genetics.

Skills:

At the end of the module/unit the learner will have acquired the following skills:

  • Recommend ethically appropriate clinical or administrative interventions.
  • Critically analyse the relationship between everyday healthcare issues, research, ethics and the law.
  • Engage in reflective practices on ethical dilemmas for the professional development of self and others.
  • Critically apply valid moral judgments and decisions when faced with bioethical dilemmas.
  • Critically evaluate clinical judgments to inform decisions and solve problems in context of bioethics.

Module-Specific Digital Skills and Competences:

The learner will be able to:

  • Navigate through the online learning platform to find assignments, discussion boards, literature, tutorials etc.
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