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HECS5315M Principles and Challenges in Diabetes Care

30 creditsClass Size: 50

If you are applying for a stand-alone Masters level module please note you must meet either the general University entry criteria or the specific module pre-requisite for this level of study.

Module manager: Paula Mayo

Taught: 1 Sep to 31 Jan (adv yr), Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2021/22

Pre-requisite qualifications

Certificated evidence of ability to study at level M
Registration with an appropriate Professional Statutory Regulatory Body
Working in an appropriate healthcare setting

This module is mutually exclusive with

HECS3126Fundamentals of Diabetes Care

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

This module is aimed at all healthcare professionals who wish to increase their knowledge of diabetes and its related complications. It considers diabetes from a biopsychosocial viewpoint and critically considers different diabetes management strategies. Using up to date research and guidelines, current diabetes practice is challenged and strategies offered which aim to improve care and management of people with diabetes within different healthcare settings and with a variety of different physical, social and cultural needs. Critical, analytical and problem solving skills will be enhanced and developed to enable practitioners to deliver effective, timely and evidence based management and care to all people with diabetes.


This module will provide learners with integrated knowledge and understanding of the epidemiological and pathophysiological aspects of diabetes care and management as well as an in-depth, critical awareness of the complications of diabetes and the complexity of strategies used in their prevention and management. Learners will develop an appreciation of the biopsychosocial impact of diabetes can have on individuals and families and be able to evaluate and discuss strategies to screen for and prevent diabetes. The key principles underpinning behaviour modification will also be explored and linked to the need for high quality patient education. It will also equip the students to be able to develop and demonstrate problem solving skills so that they can confidently and competently manage a range of diabetes situations and entanglements using an evidence based approach.

Learning outcomes
On completion of the module students will be able to:
1. Critically consider the aetiology, epidemiology and pathophysiology of diabetes and it effects on global healthcare
2. Debate current government and professional body guidelines on the prevention and screening of diabetes
3. Critically analyse and evaluate current, individualised pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatment regimens available for people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes.
4. Appraise and evaluate strategies for monitoring control of diabetes.
5. Critically review and analyse current evidence, guidelines and policies for the prevention, recognition and treatment of short and long-term complications of diabetes
6. Analyse and evaluate current management and care of a person with diabetes with other medical and/or surgical co-morbidities drawing on a multi-professional/multiagency approach.
7. Critically review the effects of diabetes in special circumstances such as pregnancy, eating disorders and different ethnic and religious cultures and be able to provide the appropriate care and management for these groups of people.
8. Critically consider the design and efficacy of structured patient education and self-management strategies for people with diabetes from a range of age, ethnic, health and social settings.

Skills outcomes
Use screening methods for diabetes in high risk populations
Deliver insulin via a variety of different devices
Perform blood glucose monitoring
Effectively treat hypo and hyperglycaemia
Provide patient education
Problem solve a variety of diabetes related clinical scenarios


Related anatomy and physiology
Epidemiology and aetiology
Prevention and screening of diabetes
Diet and lifestyle therapy
Oral anti-diabetes therapy
Insulin therapy
Blood glucose monitoring and control
Prevention, recognition and treatment of short-term complications
Prevention, recognition and treatment of long-term complications
Complexities of co-morbid diabetes
Diabetes in special groups and people from different age, ethnic, health and social groups.
Self-management strategies
Structured patient education
Behavioural modification/motivational interviewing
Problem solving skills
Multi-professional / multi-agency working.

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 hours260.00
Total Contact hours40.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)300.00

Private study

Private study time will be used to prepare for lectures and tutorials, recap on topics and knowledge gained previously and to consolidate taught information. Students will use the university library and online facilities to research and read in-depth articles and books pertaining to the subjects taught on the module. This will broaden and provide depth to their knowledge base and enable them to successfully meet the module learning outcomes.
Private study time will also be used to reflect upon current practice and consider potentially different ways of working and managing the person with diabetes.
It will also be used to prepare and formulate the summative assessment

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Students will be able to monitor their progress via the contribution they are able to make to classroom discussions and group work and the informal verbal feedback they receive regarding this. They will also complete clinical case study scenarios in week 10 of the module and be part of a team quiz in the final week. The level of correct answers and discussion the student is able to generate in these sessions coupled with the informal verbal feedback will enable them to chart their learning and progress.

It will also be assessed during whole group discussions and individual personal tutoring and supervision sessions.

The above activities are part of the teaching and learning methods and are not to be considered as formative assessments.

Progress will also be monitored via an online formative multiple choice exam paper which the students will be encouraged to complete.

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
Essay3000 words70.00
In-course MCQFORMATIVE: Online MCQ0.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)70.00

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

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Unseen exam 1 hr 00 mins30.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)30.00

There is no compensation between the essay and summative MCQ examination; both elements must be passed.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 30/06/2021 16:22:17


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