Module code: NUR3310

Module Overview

This module covers both acute and chronic pain including malignant and non-malignant pain. The module will focus on the principles of pain assessment considering the validity and reliability of pain assessment tools and will include pain assessment of people with cognitive impairment and learning disabilities. Students will be introduced to theories of pain that will inform multidimensional pain assessment and interventions for pain including pharmacological and non-pharmacological approaches. Pharmacological principles and drug interactions will also be explored. Using the case study approach students will be encouraged to link research evidence and knowledge about pain to case studies from practice.

Module provider

School of Health Sciences

Module Leader

LEMANSKA Agnieszka (Health Sci.)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 6

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Overall student workload

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

  • History of pain

  • Physiology of pain

  • Multi-dimensional aspects of pain

  • Psychological and socio-cultural approaches

  • Pain prevention strategies

  • Pain assessment strategies

  • Pharmacokinetic principles

  • Opioid and non-opioid drugs

  • Complex pain syndromes, eg phantom limb pain, referred pain

  • Implement pharmacological and non-pharmacological approaches

  • Barriers to pain management

  • Evaluation of pain management

Pain in patients with cognitive changes and disabilities

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework COURSEWORK 100

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate their ability to relate theory of pain to clinical practice with patients suffering from pain.


Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:


  • Reflection on pain management practice using a case study approach. (2,500 Words)



Formative assessment

  • Students will prepare and give a short presentation of a patient case study focusing on one aspect of the patient’s pain.



This will be given through written and verbal feedback on the formative presentation. This will enable tutor and group verbal and written feedback to each student following the presentation.


Please note that any evidence of unsafe practice or breach of confidentiality will result in an automatic refer for the module.

Module aims

  • Evaluate pain assessment skills and implement effective strategies to prevent, and manage patients’ pain

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
006 Appraise and apply pharmacological and non-pharmacological approaches to pain. PT
001 Develop an in-depth knowledge of theories of pain. KC
002 Critically explore the biological and psychosocial and cultural approaches to pain KC
003 Discuss and appraise barriers to pain management CPT
004 Demonstrate skill in taking a pain history and use suitable pain assessment tools KPT
005 Evaluate the findings of multi-dimensional pain assessment and apply a range of therapeutic approaches. KCT
007 • Reflect on skill development in holistic pain management PT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

Enable students to develop holistic approaches to pain management using a bio-psycho-social approach to pain management.


The learning and teaching methods include:


  • Lectures and discussion

  • Experiential group work and discussion

  • Case presentations

Seminar work

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

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Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2020/1 academic year.