You may undertake this course unit as part of your diploma/degree pathway, or you may undertake the unit as a ‘stand-alone’ course unit. This unit provides an introduction to pain management in the clinical setting. It is designed to increase the practitioner’s awareness of the process of pain and the methods available to control it.
The method of delivery is a blended 50:50 approach where the content is delivered face to face and on-line. It consists of three individualised scenarios designed to give an appreciation of all areas of pain and pain management. Classroom sessions and online resources are available specific to each scenario to help facilitate and aid student exploration. These include guest lectures, reference lists, links to recognised websites and all course materials
The three online EBL scenarios (Acute pain, Chronic Non-Malignant pain and Chronic Malignant pain) are investigated stepwise using triggers within each theme, Preparation, Assessment, Intervention and Normalisation (PAIN). These triggers allow the student to comprehensively identify and solve the problems associated with each PBL scenario. The classroom activities are designed to facilitate and expand exploration of the subject and its application to clinical practice.
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.