HLTH07044 2020 Diagnostic Approaches in Healthcare

General Details

Full Title
Diagnostic Approaches in Healthcare
Transcript Title
Diagnostic Approaches in Healt
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Subject Area
HLTH - Health Studies
HEAL - Health & Nutritional Sciences
07 - NFQ Level 7
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2020 - Full Academic Year 2020-21
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Thomas Smyth, Richeal Burns
Programme Membership
SG_SINFO_B07 202000 Bachelor of Science in Health and Medical Information Science

The aim of this module is to provide an introduction to students on the traditional diagnostic frameworks imbedded in healthcare delivery; the current challenges both nationally and internationally on delivery of diagnostic approaches in healthcare management and how  systems are adapting and evolving due to changes in demographics and disease prevalence and technological advances including eHealth.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


To become familiar with the leading factors aiding efficiency in Diagnostic approaches in healthcare delivery


To highlight the essential characteristics of traditional Diagnostic approaches and contemporary eDiagnostics strategies


To understand current challenges to enhanced Diagnostic strategies including infrastructure; cost and ethical considerations


To become familiar with quality assurance and accountability themes within diagnostic care pathways across a range of disease areas

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Teaching and learning for this module will be carried out through a combination of online lectures, computer based critical appraisal and online practical's. Blended learning approaches will be adapted consistent with digital learning paradigms. 

Online delivery of 1 lecture per week with self directed learning. Guidance provided on relevant areas for self directed learning.

Online delivery of 2 hour workshop weekly, where students will be directed to complete interactive type activities to enhance their study skills and knowledge.

Question and answer sessions provided in the live classroom.

A variety of methods of instruction such as discussion, group work, interactive exercises, use of online resources and/or use of audio/visual material will be provided. Core skills will be embedded into all modules to ensure all students have an equal opportunity to succeed. This may include academic writing, oral presentations, reading techniques or research abilities. Accessible materials will be provided to students, including slides, documents, audio/visual material and textbooks enabling students slow down speed up recordings etc in accordance with universal distance learning.

All module content will be based on the principles of UDL to ensure equitable access to content and learning.

Module Assessment Strategies

This module will be assessed by both a final exam (50%) and continuous assessment (50%).

Repeat Assessments

Repeat examination will follow a similar format as applicable.

Indicative Syllabus

Overview of the diagnostic process; advances in diagnostic technologies over the last few decades; diagnostic capabilities and the changing nature of mortality; diagnostic uncertainty including consideration of concepts of time, population trends, diverse populations, mental health and health disparities; cost considerations in diagnostic advances; quality assurance and accountability in diagnostic frameworks; and ethical implications of diagnostic approaches in healthcare delivery.

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
50 %
End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
50 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 CA1: Essay on Current Issues in Diagnostic Innovation Continuous Assessment Assessment 20 % Week 5 1,2,3
2 CA2: Computer-based Audit Project Continuous Assessment Assessment 30 % Week 11 1,3,4

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 End of Term Exam Final Exam Closed Book Exam 50 % End of Term 1,2,3,4

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Online Lecture 1 Weekly 1.00
Problem Based Learning Online Problem-based Learning Practical 2 Weekly 2.00
Independent Learning Not Specified Independent Learning 4 Weekly 4.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 3.00 Hours

Module Resources

Journal Resources

A range of academic journal articles and government reports will be used as recommended readings. 

Other Resources

A range of online resources and applications will be used.