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2020/21 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

HECS3126 Fundamentals of Diabetes Care

10 creditsClass Size: 55

Module manager: Paula Mayo

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2020/21

Pre-requisite qualifications

- Certificated evidence of ability to study at level 3

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

Diabetes currently affects 3.6 million people in the UK (Diabetes UK 2016) and this figure is set to increase to 5 million by 2020 (Diabetes UK 2016). It is a complicated, serious, potentially debilitating and life-threatening metabolic disorder which has multiple causes associated with disturbances of carbohydrate, fat and protein metabolism. It has no regard for age, gender, ethnicity or social standing and if left uncontrolled can lead to the progressive development of a series of complications. People with diabetes are cared for in all areas of clinical practice therefore a sound understanding of the condition is crucial to be able to manage the condition from a healthcare perspective safely and appropriately.In addition diabetes in pregnancy is escalating with many pregnant women presenting with type 1 diabetes, gestational diabetes or newly diagnosed type 2 diabetes. Poorly controlled blood glucose levels during pregnancy can have a profound effect on the outcome of the pregnancy and can lead to stillbirth and congenital abnormalities of the baby as well as a difficult and complicated delivery. It is crucial that good glycaemic control is achieved up to a year prior to conception and during the antenatal stage.In order to be able to deliver appropriate healthcare and management to the person with diabetes, it is important that nurses and midwives have an understanding of the complexities of diabetes. Therefore, this module covers relevant anatomy, physiology, epidemiology and aetiology of diabetes and goes on to consider different pharmacological treatment and lifestyle regimens employed to maintain normoglycaemia.The actual and potential health needs of a patient with diabetes in a variety of healthcare setting are uncovered and used to plan and organise relevant, up to date and holistic care for a person with diabetes regardless of their age, social standing or ethnicity.The teaching is interactive and lively and closely links to the different areas of clinical practice.Delivered in Semester 2 on a Thursday 10 – 12 OR 2 – 4pm


On completion of this module, students should be able to:
- accurately assess patients with diabetes relevant physical, psychological and social needs in a variety of different circumstances and plan the management accordingly
- critically analyse current treatment regimes for people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes whilst taking into account the persons's lifestyle and abilities
- identify and discuss the complications of diabetes and identify the most appropriate prevention and management stategies
- using relevant theory and research critically discuss the importance and effects that lifestyle has in preventing complications of diabetes.

Learning outcomes
On completion of the module students should know:
- Anataomy and physiology related to the normal pancreas
- Pathophysiology of type 1 and type 2 diabetes
- Predisposing factors of type 1 and type 2 diabetes
- Effect of lifestyle on the cause and management of diabetes
- Efficient medications used in the management of the person with diabetes
- Causes and management of short and long term complications of diabetes
- Implications of diabetes for black and minority ethnic groups
- Financial and social implications of diabetes across different social groups and cultures
- Individual effects of living with a long term condition.


- Related anatomy and physiology
- Epidemiology and screening
- Lifestyle and tablet treatments
- Insulin therapy
- Short term complications
- Long term complications
- Strategies for monitoring diabetes
- Living with diabetes – service user perspective
- Diabetes during other illnesses
- Effects of obesity on the development and management of diabetes
- Case study analysis.

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours77.00
Total Contact hours23.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

- Students will be required to do pre-session reading and prepare for seminars and tutorials.
- Conduct literature searches and undertake further reading around the key areas covered within the taught module content.
- Revision time for the examination.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

- Attendance at each session will be monitored
- Contribution and performance in class of each student will also be considered
- Attendance for tutorial support will be monitored.

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay2500 word essay100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 13/08/2020 10:24:13


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