HLTH449-21X (D) General non-calendar-based 2021 (Distance)

Praxis in Hospice Palliative Care

30 points

Start Date: Monday, 14 June 2021
End Date: Sunday, 3 October 2021
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 27 June 2021
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 3 September 2021


This course is designed around the four themes in HLTH 448 with increasing integration of each theme to increase the student's understanding of the field of palliative care. It provides an opportunity for the further development of praxis as the participant works on the application of theory, research and reflection in action to provide evidence based care.

Welcome to the second paper of the Postgraduate Certificate in Palliative Care programme at Canterbury University.

HLTH449 Praxis in Palliative Care provides an opportunity for the further development of praxis as the student works on the application of theory, research and reflection in action to provide evidence based care.  Quality assurance and evidence-based practice within the student’s work environment will be examined against hospice palliative care standards. The participants will build on their knowledge to articulate their practice philosophy and demonstrate programme competencies in Palliative Care. This paper also supports participants to examine their contribution to inter-professional practice and clinical leadership.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course successful students will be able to:

1. Critically analyse the socio-political context of palliative care.
2. Critically reflect on speciality palliative care knowledge and the value of research in assessment and clinical judgement for patient, family and whanau care.
3. Demonstrate evidence based speciality knowledge of quality improvement in palliative care service delivery.
4. Critically reflect on ethical-legal issues in contemporary palliative care.


Subject to approval of the Head of School

Timetable Note

(M, Tu, W): July 30, 31, Aug 1
(M, Tu, W): Sept 24, 25, 26

Course Coordinator

Kate Reid

Textbooks / Resources

Course readings will be available electronically via learn. Additional readings will be provided as photocopies and/or will be available for reading on-line or accessible through the library data bases.


The content of the Postgraduate Certificate in Palliative Care reflects hospice philosophy and palliative care delivery with the patient, family and whanau as the focus of care; and care delivered by the interdisciplinary team.  This programme aims to provide an empowering learning environment in which an holistic approach to the assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of the physical, emotional, social, cultural and spiritual needs of the patient, family and whanau living with a terminal illness can be developed.

The four themes that are progressively integrated into the programme are:
• understanding and caring for self, understanding others;
• caring for the person, family and whanau living with a terminal illness;
• the practice of palliative care (therapeutic interventions and treatment modalities);
• creating and maintaining a culture of excellence and learning.

Graduate Outcomes
At the end of the programme graduates will demonstrate professional practice in relation the programme Learning Outcomes and specialty clinical competencies.   Graduates will have acquired the ability to access knowledge, analyse and solve problems, work and study independently; demonstrate intellectual independence, analytic rigour and sound communication skills (NZQA, 2002).  Upon successful completion in the programme a Postgraduate Certificate in Palliative Care is awarded.

Additional Course Outline Information

Academic integrity

Policy on Dishonest Practice
Plagiarism, collusion, copying and ghost writing are unacceptable and dishonest practices.
• Plagiarism is the presentation of any material (text, data, figures or drawings, on any medium including computer files) from any other source without clear and adequate acknowledgement of the source.
• Collusion is the presentation of work performed in conjuction with another person or persons, but submitted as if it has been completed only by the names author(s).
• Copying is the use of material (in any medium, including computer files) produced by another person(s) with or without their knowledge and approval.
• Ghost writing is the use of another person(s) (with or without payment) to prepare all or part of an item submitted for assessment.
In cases where dishonest practice is involved in tests or other work submitted for credit, the student will be referred to the University Proctor. The instructor may choose to not mark the work.

Assessment and grading system

The Health Sciences Centre uses the following scale to convert marks into grades:
The Health Sciences Centre reserves the right to adjust this mark/grade conversion. This will occur only when the deemed necessary and such adjustments will not be made to the detriment of a student's grade.

Grading Scale
Grade    GPA Value        Marks

A+              9            90 – 100
A                8            85 – 89.99
A-               7            80 – 84.99
B+              6            75 – 79.99
B                5            70 – 74.99
B-               4            65 – 69.99
C+              3            60 – 64.99
C                2            55 – 59.99
C-               1            50 – 54.99
D                0            40 – 49.99
E               -1             0 – 39.99

A Pass is 50 marks or over


Attendance at the two block courses is compulsory. Block Course for HLTH449 will be held 3-5 August and 21-23 September 2015.

Late submission of work

It is the policy for this course that late work is not accepted.

Aegrotat Applications

If you feel that illness, injury, bereavement or other critical circumstances has prevented you from completing an item of assessment or affected your performance, you should complete an aegrotat application form, available from the Registry or the Student Health and Counselling Service. This should be within seven days of the due date for the required work or the date of the examination. In the case of illness or injury, medical consultation should normally have taken place shortly before or within 24 hours after the due date for the required work, or the date of the test or examination. For further details on aegrotat applications, please refer to the Enrolment Handbook. You have the right to appeal any decision made, including aegrotat decisions.
http://www.canterbury.ac.nz/exams/aegrotats.shtml, please see Course links.

Reconsideration of Grades

Students should, in the first instance, speak to the course co-ordinator about their grades. If they cannot reach an agreeable solution, students should then speak to the Head of School, Health Sciences. Students can appeal any decision made on their final grade. You can apply at the Registry to appeal within 4 weeks of the end of the semester. Be aware that there are time limits for each step of the appeals process.

Missing of Tests

In rare cases a student will not be able to sit a test. In such cases, the student should consult with the course co-ordinator, to arrange alternative procedures. This must be done well in advance of the set date for the test.

Where to submit and collect work

FLO students are to submit hard copy Assignments with a cover sheet to the College of Education, Health and Human Development.

By Hand:
Deliver to Assignment Room - Level 2, Rehua by 5.00pm, or at a time directed by course lecturer, on or before the due date.

By Mail:
Send to;
Student and Programme Office
College of Education, Health and Human Development
University of Canterbury
Private Bag 4800
Christchurch 8140

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $2,217.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

Minimum enrolments

This course will not be offered if fewer than 5 people apply to enrol.

For further information see School of Health Sciences .

All HLTH449 Occurrences

  • HLTH449-21X (D) General non-calendar-based 2021 (Distance)