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Nursing Practice (BSc/CPD units)

Our Level 6 CPD units in Nursing Practice for qualified nurses can be taken individually or built up to achieve a BSc award.

BSc Nursing Practice (CPD) / Course details

Year of entry: 2020

Course unit details:
Foundation in Cancer Care - Level 3

Unit code NURS9346C
Credit rating 40
Unit level Cont Education/Prof Developmen
Teaching period(s) Variable teaching patterns
Offered by Nursing & Midwifery
Available as a free choice unit? No


The course unit is designed as a stand-alone unit comprising 14 study days. The course unit is designed to enable students to develop their knowledge and skills in relation to caring for cancer patients and their families. The course also forms an important component of the cancer pathway within the BSc (Hons) Nursing Practice for registered nurses who wish to follow this programme of study.

The course unit is structured to allow qualified health professionals caring for individuals with cancer to remain in their own areas of practice, providing these areas are considered suitable locations in which to attain the course learning outcomes. Course unit content follows four generic themes pertaining to cancer care namely: understanding cancer, supportive care, professional issues and organizational issues.

The course unit is constantly evolving in recognition of the changing nature of clinical practice.  This is undertaken through close collaboration between the University of Manchester and the practitioners involved in the care of the patients and their families.  This team approach aims to integrate theory into practice and is seen as an essential component of the course unit.

You may undertake this course unit as part of your degree pathway, or you may undertake the unit as a ‘stand alone’ course unit.


  • To develop the student’s understanding of the physical, psychological, spiritual and social impact of cancer on the patient and family
  • To increase awareness of the different ways in which the patient and family can be supported through the various stages of the cancer journey
  • To develop analytic and reflective skills in order to improve clinical decision-making and enhance patient care

Knowledge and understanding

  • Critically analyse and evaluate the impact of cancer and its treatment on the patient and family.
  • Critically analyse and evaluate different models of cancer care delivery and consider their impact on the patient and family.

Intellectual skills

  • Critically evaluate research in order to provide evidence-based care within the context of your own professional cancer practice.
  • Critically examine how legal, ethical, political and professional frameworks influence professional practice in the cancer setting.
  • Critically analyse the concepts of supportive and palliative care.

Practical skills

  • Use evidence based care to promote and provide safe practice when caring for patients undergoing cancer treatment.
  • Devise strategies to provide supportive and palliative care for patients with cancer and their families.

Transferable skills and personal qualities

  • Reflect on your own knowledge and skills in the provision of cancer care and critically consider ways to facilitate their improvement.
  • By critically analyzing and evaluating evidence, identify how effective cancer care can be promoted.
  • Exercise responsibility for personal learning.                                                      

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Written assignment (inc essay) 50%
Portfolio 50%

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

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 84
Tutorials 4
Independent study hours
Independent study 312

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Janet Fielding Unit coordinator

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