HLTH450-22X (D) General non-calendar-based 2022 (Distance)

Palliative Care: Advanced Theory and Practice

30 points

Start Date: Monday, 20 June 2022
End Date: Sunday, 30 October 2022
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 3 July 2022
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 23 September 2022


The course will explore historical, political and philosophical concepts and issues in relation to palliative care across the lifespan. Students from different professional backgrounds will learn together in order to explore, reflect and extend the range of their palliative practice. International, national and local community influences will be explored.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:
1. Demonstrate understanding of the historical context in relation to the philosophy of care of the dying.
2. Critically examine major influences on developing palliative care practices in New Zealand, drawing on national and international bodies of knowledge.
3. Critically discuss the impact of government strategies on the development of palliative care within your profession and community context.
4. Demonstrate a critical awareness of the philosophical and political influences on the development of palliative care practice in relation to the specialty of hospice palliative care practice.
5. Demonstrate leadership and professional development in palliative care through the scholarly presentation of a piece of work developed as an initiative for change management.
6. Demonstrate specialty knowledge of hospice palliative care from within the healthcare context in which you practice, identifying the role of interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary teams in hospice palliative care.


Subject to approval of the Head of School

Timetable 2022

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Intensive Block Course A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 09:00 - 17:00 Rehua 003 Music
11 Jul - 17 Jul
Intensive Block Course B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00 Rehua 329
11 Jul - 17 Jul
Intensive Block Course C
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00 Rehua 329
11 Jul - 17 Jul
Intensive Block Course D
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 09:00 - 17:00 Wheki 102
3 Oct - 9 Oct
Intensive Block Course E
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00 Wheki 102
3 Oct - 9 Oct
Intensive Block Course F
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00 Wheki 102
3 Oct - 9 Oct

Course Coordinator

Kate Reid


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Reflective Essay 12 Aug 2022 30%
Policy Review 09 Sep 2022 20%
Service Improvement Report 14 Oct 2022 45%
Presentation 5% Second block

Textbooks / Resources

Randall, F & Downie, R.S. (Eds.). (2006). The philosophy of palliative care, critique and reconstruction. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
(available in the university library)

Additional readings will be provided as photocopies and/or will be available for reading on-line or accessible through the library databases.

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

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

The School of Health Sciences 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.

Late submission of work

It is the policy for this course that late work is not accepted.
Late work should be accompanied with a short note explaining why the work is late. The work will be marked and 1% the total marks will be subtracted for each day the work is late. Days late include weekend and holidays.

Requests for extensions

Extensions are reserved for exceptional circumstances only and are not granted automatically. Under exceptional circumstances (eg illness, accident, bereavement or critical personal circumstances) individual students may be granted an extension of the due date for an assignment. There is, however, a limit to the length of time that an extension can be granted and this should be negotiated with the Course Lecturer in the first instance. Extensions will not normally be given for longer than one week from the due date, unless exceptional circumstances prevail. Extensions are not granted automatically to students.
Requests for extensions should be emailed to the Lecturer at least two days prior to the due date for the assignment. A copy of the lecturer’s email confirming the extension (if granted) and other relevant evidence of special circumstances (eg a letter from a counsellor, medical certificate) must be attached to and submitted with the assignment. Extensions will not normally be granted because of pressure of university study, eg several pieces of work being due at about the same time. Students are encouraged to plan their work in a realistic manner and in advance so that they can meet their assessment deadlines.

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 can reach an agreeable solution, students should then speak to the Director of the 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.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $2,255.00

* 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.

For further information see School of Health Sciences .

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