Fostering Dignity and Respect
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Fostering Dignity and Respect
Case Study & Reflection
Date for Submission: Please refer to the timetable on ilearn
(The submission portal on ilearn will close at 14:00 UK time
on the date of submission)
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As part of the formal assessment for the programme you are required to submit a
Fostering Dignity and Respect assignment. Please refer to your Student Handbook
for full details of the programme assessment scheme and general information on
preparing and submitting assignments.
After completing the module, you should be able to:
1.Demonstrate an understanding of the ethical and moral concepts pertaining to
freedom, rights responsibilities and the use of power in care.
2.Discuss effective communication and interpersonal skills including compassion
dignity and respect.
3.Examine and reflect upon personally held values and the impact they might have
on practise, individual learning and own development.
4.Identify strategies for enhancing dignity and respect accorded to people in a care
Undertake critical analysis and reach reasoned and evidenced decisions, contribute
problem-solving skills to find and innovate in solutions
Your assignment should include: a title page containing your student number, the
module name, the submission deadline and a word count; the appendices if relevant;
and a reference list in Arden University (AU) Harvard format. You should address all
the elements of the assignment task listed below. Please note that tutors will use the
assessment criteria set out below in assessing your work.
Maximum word count: 3,000 words
Please note that exceeding the word count by over 10% will result in a reduction in grade
by the same percentage that the word count is exceeded.
You must not include your name in your submission because Arden University
operates anonymous marking, which means that markers should not be aware of
the identity of the student. However, please do not forget to include your STU
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You are a nurse at Guy’s and St Thomas NHS Foundation Trust working with patients with
lung cancer. A patient in your care has a medical condition of cancer of the lungs with a very
poor prognosis where the health and care professional team think she is at the end stage and
does not have very long to live.
Mrs. Wang has had symptoms of breathlessness, loss of weight and a persistent cough.
Mrs. Wang’s first language is Mandarin and although she does understand and speak some
English, she is rather hesitant to speak it and prefers to discuss her health and well-being in
Mandarin. Mrs. Wang’s two sons have accompanied her to her health appointments
throughout her treatment and have provided some interpretation for her to communicate in
Mrs. Wang’s two sons and the rest of her extended family have requested that Mrs. Wang not
be told about the nature of her diagnosis at all but rather tell her there is little wrong and that
the tumour is non-malignant.
Adapted from the film:
The Farewell/Bie Gaosu Ta, 2019. [film]. Directed by Lulu Wang. United States: Ray
Productions, Big Beach, Depth of Field, Kindred Spirit.
What are the ethical concepts, such as, those pertaining to freedom, rights,
responsibilities and the use of power in care which you need to consider in Mrs.
Wang’s situation and what kind of strategies could those involved in her support
employ to support and respect her dignity?
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How can the professionals responsible maintain effective communication and use
their interpersonal skills including compassion, dignity and respect to deliver the
best care outcomes possible for Mrs. Wang?
(LOs:2 and 4)
In a reflective account, using a reflective or learning model, explain how this case
study has contributed to your own learning, self-development and practice in
understanding dignity and respect.
(LO: 3, Graduate attribute: Reflective Practitioner)
End of questions
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You have the opportunity to submit a draft of your assignment to receive formative
The feedback is designed to help you develop areas of your work and it helps you
develop your skills as an independent learner.
If you are a distance learning student, you should submit your work, by email, to your
tutor, no later than 2 weeks before the actual submission deadline. If you are a blended
learning student, your tutor will give you a deadline for formative feedback and further
Formative feedback will not be given to work submitted after the above date or the date
specified by your tutor – if a blended learning student
You MUST underpin your analysis and evaluation of the key issues with appropriate
and wide ranging academic research and ensure this is referenced using the Arden
University Harvard referencing style.
The My Study Skills Area on iLearn contains useful resources relating to referencing.
Students are required to indicate the exact word count on the title page of the
The word count excludes the title page, tables, figures, diagrams, footnotes,
reference list and appendices. Where assessment questions have been reprinted
from the assessment brief these will also be excluded from the word count. ALL
other printed words ARE included in the word count See ‘Word Count Policy’ on
the homepage of this module for more information.
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Assignments submitted late will not be accepted and will be marked as a 0%
Your assessment should be submitted as a single Word (MS Word) or PDF file. For
more information please see the “Guide to Submitting an Assignment” document
available on the module page on iLearn.
You must ensure that the submitted assignment is all your own work and that all
sources used are correctly attributed. Penalties apply to assignments which show
evidence of academic unfair practice. (See the Student Handbook which is on the
homepage of your module and also in the Induction Area).
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Assessment Criteria (Learning objectives covered – all)
Level 4 is the first stage on the student journey into undergraduate study. At Level 4 students will be developing their knowledge and understanding of the discipline and will be expected to
demonstrate some of those skills and competences. Student are expected to express their ideas clearly and to structure and develop academic arguments in their work. Students will begin to apply
the theory which underpins the subject and will start to explore how this relates to other areas of their learning and any ethical considerations as appropriate. Students will begin to develop selfawareness of their own academic and professional development.
Bands Generic Assessment Criteria
80%+ Outstanding performance which demonstrates the ability to analyse the subject area and to confidently apply theory whilst showing awareness of any relevant ethical
The work shows an excellent level of competence and confidence in managing appropriate sources and materials, initiative and excellent academic writing skills and
professional skills (where appropriate). The work shows originality of thought.
Excellent performance which demonstrates the ability to analyse the subject and apply theory whilst showing some awareness of any relevant ethical considerations.
The work shows a high level of competence in managing sources and materials, initiative and very good academic writing skills and professional skills (where appropriate).
The work shows originality of thought.
Very good performance which demonstrates the ability to analyse the subject and apply some theory.
The work shows a good level of competence in managing sources and materials and some initiative. Academic writing skills are good and expression remains accurate
overall. Good professional skills (where appropriate). The work shows some original thought.
A satisfactory to good performance which begins to analyse the subject and apply some underpinning theory.
The work shows a sound level of competence in managing basic sources and materials. Academic writing skills are satisfactory and expression remains accurate overall
although the piece may lack structure. Satisfactory professional skills (where appropriate). The work lacks some original thought.
Basic level of performance in which there are some omissions in understanding the subject, its underpinning theory and ethical considerations.
The work shows a basic use of sources and materials. Academic writing skills are limited and there are some errors in expression and the work may lack structure overall.
There are some difficulties in developing professional skills (where appropriate). The work lacks original thought and is largely imitative.
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Limited performance in which there are omissions in understanding the subject, its underpinning theory and ethical considerations. The work shows a limited use of sources
and materials. Academic writing skills are weak and there are errors in expression and the work may lack structure overall. There are difficulties in developing professional
skills (where appropriate). The work lacks original thought and is largely imitative.
A poor performance in which there are substantial gaps in knowledge and understanding, underpinning theory and ethical considerations.
The work shows little evidence in the use of appropriate sources and materials. Academic writing skills are very weak and there are numerous errors in expression. The work
lacks structure overall. Professional skills (where appropriate) are not developed. The work is imitative.
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