NURSING 778 : Health Promotion and Early Detection of Cancer

Medical and Health Sciences

2020 Semester Two (1205) (30 POINTS)

Course Prescription

Examines the latest knowledge and research available around health promotion, risk assessment and early intervention for cancer and consider the implications for nursing practice. Content addressed includes epidemiology, genetic risk, nutrition, lifestyle and environmental screening, surveillance, government policies and interventions.

Course Overview

As New Zealand’s population grows and ages it is expected that increasing numbers of New Zealanders will be impacted by a diagnosis of cancer. To address the health care needs of the individuals and groups who are most likely to be affected nurses need to develop knowledge and skills which support health promotion and the early detection of cancer.   The course examines the concepts and practices of cancer prevention, early detection and control within New Zealand.  

Course Requirements

Restriction: NURSING 767

Capabilities Developed in this Course

Capability 1: Disciplinary Knowledge and Practice
Capability 2: Critical Thinking
Capability 3: Solution Seeking
Capability 4: Communication and Engagement
Capability 5: Independence and Integrity
Capability 6: Social and Environmental Responsibilities
Graduate Profile: Master of Nursing

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Examine the epidemiology of cancer including the occurrence of cancer (i.e. incidence, prevalence, survival and mortality) while accounting for the complexity of the environment. (Capability 3.1, 3.2, 4.1, 4.2, 6.1, 6.2 and 6.3)
  2. Appraise past and current health interventions, practices and systems in order to expose their impact of Māori health gain and vulnerable populations. (Capability 3.1, 3.2, 4.1, 4.2, 6.1, 6.2 and 6.3)
  3. Identify and debate issues which affect the sustainability of health services and systems, and examine their quality, economic viability, social, environmental and cultural effects. (Capability 6.1, 6.2 and 6.3)
  4. Critically appraise research in cancer nursing and synthesise existing theory, so to integrate it with an understanding of the cancer context. (Capability 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 3.1, 3.2, 5.1, 5.2 and 5.3)
  5. Apply appropriate disciplinary frameworks to collaborate with individuals and diverse groups . (Capability 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 3.1 and 3.2)


Assessment Type Percentage Classification
Case Study 30% Individual Coursework
Literature Review 30% Individual Coursework
Presentation 30% Individual Coursework
Reflection 10% Individual Coursework
Assessment Type Learning Outcome Addressed
1 2 3 4 5
Case Study
Literature Review
  • All course work (including all assignments) must be submitted to pass the course.
  • Students are encouraged to read the information in the Course Outline and Postgraduate Student Guide regarding assessment processes within the School of Nursing, Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences.

Learning Resources

There is no required text for this course.  This learning content is presented over three modules:
  • Module 1: Risk reduction, early detection and health promotion in cancer.
  • Module 2: Research utilisation and evidence in cancer care.
  • Module 3: Cancer nurses leading case review.

Course Contacts

Course Administrator
  • Riz Sari
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Course Director
  • Louise Carrucan-Wood
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Workload Expectations

This course is a standard 30 point course and students are expected to spend 10 hours per week involved in each 15 point course that they are enrolled in.

For this course, you can expect 24 hours of lectures, 180 hours of engaging with online content, reading and thinking about the content and 96 hours of work on assignments.

Digital Resources

Course materials are made available in a learning and collaboration tool called Canvas which also includes reading lists and lecture recordings (where available).

Please remember that the recording of any class on a personal device requires the permission of the instructor.

Academic Integrity

The University of Auckland will not tolerate cheating, or assisting others to cheat, and views cheating in coursework as a serious academic offence. The work that a student submits for grading must be the student's own work, reflecting their learning. Where work from other sources is used, it must be properly acknowledged and referenced. This requirement also applies to sources on the internet. A student's assessed work may be reviewed against online source material using computerised detection mechanisms.

Inclusive Learning

All students are asked to discuss any impairment related requirements privately, face to face and/or in written form with the course coordinator, lecturer or tutor.

Student Disability Services also provides support for students with a wide range of impairments, both visible and invisible, to succeed and excel at the University. For more information and contact details, please visit the Student Disability Services’ website at

Special Circumstances

If your ability to complete assessed coursework is affected by illness or other personal circumstances outside of your control, contact a member of teaching staff as soon as possible before the assessment is due.

If your personal circumstances significantly affect your performance, or preparation, for an exam or eligible written test, refer to the University’s aegrotat or compassionate consideration page:

This should be done as soon as possible and no later than seven days after the affected test or exam date.

Student Feedback

At the end of every semester students will be invited to give feedback on the course and teaching through a tool called SET or Qualtrics. The lecturers and course co-ordinators will consider all feedback and respond with summaries and actions.

Your feedback helps teachers to improve the course and its delivery for future students.

Class Representatives in each class can take feedback to the department and faculty staff-student consultative committees.

Student Charter and Responsibilities

The Student Charter assumes and acknowledges that students are active participants in the learning process and that they have responsibilities to the institution and the international community of scholars. The University expects that students will act at all times in a way that demonstrates respect for the rights of other students and staff so that the learning environment is both safe and productive. For further information visit Student Charter (


Elements of this outline may be subject to change. The latest information about the course will be available for enrolled students in Canvas.

In this course you may be asked to submit your coursework assessments digitally. The University reserves the right to conduct scheduled tests and examinations for this course online or through the use of computers or other electronic devices. Where tests or examinations are conducted online remote invigilation arrangements may be used. The final decision on the completion mode for a test or examination, and remote invigilation arrangements where applicable, will be advised to students at least 10 days prior to the scheduled date of the assessment, or in the case of an examination when the examination timetable is published.