PAL110 - Orientation to Palliative Care

Outline info
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Subject Title
Orientation to Palliative Care

Subject Description
This course will provide an overview of Palliative Care and coping with death, dying and grief. The focus is to provide you with a review of the concepts of Palliative Care, the multidiscipline team, hospice, current approaches to care, roles issues and expectation. Identify what resources are available and discuss home care vs. institutional care.

Credit Status
One Credit Towards Palliative Care Certificate

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1. Define Palliative Care.
2. Explain how palliative care meets the total needs of clients and families.
3. Recognize personal attitudes towards life, illnes,s and death.
4. Identify current and future trends in Palliative Care.
5. Identify community resources to use within a multidisciplinary team.
6. Demonstrate knowledge of the various multicultural approaches to death, dying and grieving.

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.


Topic Outline

  • History of Palliative Care
  • Definition of Palliative Care
  • Attitudes towards life, illness, and death
  • Caregiver stress
  • DNR
  • Communication and support
  • End of life planning

Mode of Instruction
This subject is delivered online. This may involve the use of digital materials and/or a text, group discussions, interaction with your instructor and online activities.

Prescribed Texts
Grief, Death and Dying.
By Theresa Rando. (Foreword by J. William Worden)
Research Press Company Irwin Publishers
ISBN 0878222324

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online ( or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation
Grading is based on the following marking scheme:

Student Profile 5%
Assignment #1 15%
Assignment #2 30%
Assignment #3 30%
Portfolio Discussion Response Answers 20%

Approved by: Lisa Harfield