Full Title:Sexuality and Sexual Health
Language of Instruction:English
Module Code:HLST N8126
Credits: 5
Valid From:Semester 1 - 2013/14 ( September 2013 )
Module Delivered in 3 programme(s)
Module Description:This module will introduce the student to the concept of sexuality as a physical, psychological, social and cultural concept and enable them to consider the effects of the childbirth continuum on sexuality. It further aims to provide the student with the knowledge and communication skills to discuss family planning with couples, to explore assisted conception and promote sexual health.
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to
  1. Discuss sexuality as a physical, psychological, social and cultural concept.
  2. Compare and contrast methods of family planning.
  3. Discuss the impact of pregnancy, birth and the puerperium on sex and sexuality
  4. Discuss the identification, implications and management of sexually transmitted infections.
  5. Discuss assisted conception.

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
The concept of sexuality for the individual.
Physical, psychological, social and cultural.
Challenges to sexuality.
Lifespan - puberty, menopause. Personal beliefs and value system Ethics and law
Family Planning
Methods of contraception. Female/ Male. Physiological methods, barrier, hormonal, sterilisation. Factors to consider with an individualised approach.
Resuming sexual intercourse following birth.
Pregnancy and parenthood for same sex parents.
Sex , sexuality and body image
Before pregnancy, during pregnancy, labour, birth and the puerperium. Sexuality and disability
Assisted conception
Causes of female/ male infertility. Pelvic inflammatory disease. Investigations and treatment options nationally and internationally. The physical and psychological implications of assisted conception. Surrogacy. Risks/ side effects of assisted conception. Legal and ethical considerations.
Sexually Transmitted Infections
For each sexually transmitted infection the following shall be explored: Mode of transmission, incidence, risk groups. Clinical presentation, diagnosis and treatment. Implications for pregnancy and childbirth. Implications/ care for the woman, fetus, baby. Legal and ethical considerations.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%

Full Time

Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Project The project will involve the student facilitating a clinically based teaching session to a woman (and partner). This will assess all core learning outcomes with the students utilising a range of communication skills to provide individualised advice on sexuality, sexual health, family planning and assisted conception. 1,2,3,4,5 100.00 0 0 n/a 0
No Project
No Practical
No End of Module Formal Examination
Reassessment Requirement
No repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will be offered solely on the basis of coursework and a repeat examination will not be offered.
Reassessment Description
This 100% project must be repeated and passed.

DKIT reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload & Resources

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture This module is normally delivered over 7 weeks. 4.00 Every Week 4.00
Directed Reading No Description 40.00 Once per semester 2.67
Independent Study No Description 57.00 Once per semester 3.80
Total Weekly Learner Workload 10.47
Total Weekly Contact Hours 4.00
This course has no Part Time workload.
Recommended Book Resources
  • Family planning association 2010, Choose what you use: The FPA essential guide to contraception, Family planning association Birmingham
  • Daniluk, J. 2003, Women's Sexuality Across The Life Span: Challenging Myths, Creating Meanings., Guildford press. New York
  • Guillebaud, J. 2013, Contraception: Your Questions Answered, 6th Ed., Churchill Livingstone. London
  • Hilgers, T.W. 2010, The Napro technology revolution: Unleashing the power in a womans cycle., Beaufort books New York
  • Kitzinger, S. 2012, Birth and sex: the power and the passion, Martin and Printer London
  • McPhilips, F. 2008, The Irish Couple's Guide to Trying to Conceive, Liberties Press Dublin
  • Peterson, V. V. 2011, Sex, ethics and communication., Cognella. San Diego
  • Balen, R. and Crawshaw, M. 2006, Sexuality and Fertility Issues in Ill Health and Disability: From Early Adolescence to Adulthood., Jessica Kingsley Publisthers. London
  • Brian, K. 2010, The Complete Guide To IVF: An inside view of fertility clinics and treatment., Piatkus. London
  • Feinstein, S. 2009, Sexuality and Teens: What You Should Know About Sex, Abstinence, Birth Control, Pregnancy, and STDs, Enslow Publishers. . London
  • Metwally, M. (ed) 2014, Reproductive Surgery in Assisted Conception., Springer New York
  • Ragstad, K.E. (ed) 2011, ABC of Sexually Transmitted Infections (ABC Series), 6th Ed., Wiley-Blackwell. London
This module does not have any article/paper resources
This module does not have any other resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
DK_NMWIF_8 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Midwifery 4 Mandatory
nocode24 Bachelor of Science in Health Studies (Midwifery) Exit Award 4 Mandatory
nocode25 Higher Certificate in Science in Health Studies (Midwifery) Exit Award 4 Mandatory