Module code: NUR1023

Module provider

School of Health Sciences

Module Leader

LENG EJ Mrs (Health Sci.)

Number of Credits


ECT Credits



FHEQ Level 4

JACs code


Module cap (Maximum number of students)


Module Availability

Semester 1

Overall student workload

Workshop Hours: 3

Independent Study Hours: 117

Lecture Hours: 8.5

Seminar Hours: 13

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework ESSAY 100%

Alternative Assessment


Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module overview

This module is focused on care and compassion as a basis for students’ professional development. It introduces key underpinning psychological, social and legal/ethical theories to inform holistic health care practice.

Module aims

 Students will be introduced to the philosophies and ideologies of caring. They will gain an understanding of the underpinning political, ethical, sociological and psychological concepts which relate to an individual's wellbeing, within his or her specific social context.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
Discuss how sociology, psychology and politics inform professional care delivery.
Describe the key theoretical perspectives on communication
Develop an awareness of how an individual's health is affected by their psychological wellbeing and economic and social circumstances
Develop an awareness of moral and ethical dilemmas in healthcare
Consider practice in a holistic way which respects and promotes individuals' rights, dignity, interests, preferences, beliefs and cultures, taking account of legal and ethical frameworks and respecting the confidentiality of privileged information.

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

Indicative content includes:

Theories and Philosophies of Caring
Professional Codes of Conduct
Theories of Communication
Team Work
Development of Assertiveness
The Service Users’ Perspective
Health Care Ethics
Management of Stress
Safeguarding Vulnerable People
Expression of Caring in the professional context

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

Introduce the students to the philosophies and ideologies of caring. Gain an understanding of the underpinning political, ethical, sociological and psychological concepts which relate to an individual’s wellbeing, within his or her specific social context.

The learning and teaching methods include:

Key note lectures
Face to face and virtual group discussions
Video clips/broadcasts
On line questionnaires
Set reading

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate achievement of module learning outcomes

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

A 2000 word essay e.g.:

“Compassion if fundamental to care delivery. Discuss what compassion means and why it is so important. Illustrate your arguments with examples and draw on relevant theory and evidence”

Formative assessment

Competion of essay plan, sample paragraph and reference list


Time will be given within each taught session to allow for feedback; there will be drop in sessions within the module timetable and in addition to the set timetable. Written feedback will be given both for the formative and summative assessment

Reading list

Reading list for CONCEPTS OF CARING :

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2017/8 academic year.