NURSING 7117 - Primary & Secondary Prevention

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2014

This course will explore the pathogenesis of atherosclerosis including the major cardiac risk factors, novel and emerging risk factors for cardiac disease, and the investigation and management of these disorders. In addition, ethnic and racial differences in coronary artery disease will be examined with a focus on Indigenous Australians. The role of the nurse in screening and assessing risk in asymptomatic individual, exercise testing, and non-invasive imaging will also be discussed. This course also addresses the management of patient requiring cardiac rehabilitation, including the benefits, phases and components of a cardiac rehabilitation program. At the end of the course students will be able to perform phase one, before hospital discharge, cardiac rehabilitation.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code NURSING 7117
    Course Primary & Secondary Prevention
    Coordinating Unit School of Nursing
    Term Semester 1
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Flexible delivery mode (supported with some tutorials)
    Restrictions Available to M.NursSc students only
    Course Description This course will explore the pathogenesis of atherosclerosis including the major cardiac risk factors, novel and emerging risk factors for cardiac disease, and the investigation and management of these disorders. In addition, ethnic and racial differences in coronary artery disease will be examined with a focus on Indigenous Australians. The role of the nurse in screening and assessing risk in asymptomatic individual, exercise testing, and non-invasive imaging will also be discussed. This course also addresses the management of patient requiring cardiac rehabilitation, including the benefits, phases and components of a cardiac rehabilitation program. At the end of the course students will be able to perform phase one, before hospital discharge, cardiac rehabilitation.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Mr Adrian De Luca

    Course Coordinator: Adrian De Luca
    Phone: +61 8 8313 6284
    Email: adrian.deluca@adelaide.edu.au
    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1 describe the aetiology, pathophysiology, assessment, and management of coronary heart disease and their comorbidities
    2 identify individuals at risk of cardiovascular disease
    3 recognise the ethnic and racial differences in the prevalence and prognostic impact of coronary artery disease in different populations
    4 explain the benefits, phases, and components of a successful cardiac rehabilitation program
    5 Distinguish the components of optimal patient teaching and counselling strategies
    6 explain the barriers to participation in cardiac rehabilitation
    7 reflect upon the ethical implications of disease and its management
    8 identify and critically appraise the evidence that informs practice
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1-7
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 8
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 1
    Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 5, 8
    A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 1, 8
    A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 8
    A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 5
    An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 6-7
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Prescribed texts
    *Jennings, C Mead, A Jones J Holden, A Connolly, S Kotseva, K & Wood, D 2009 Preventive Cardiology: A Practical Manual, Oxford University Press, New York.

    Note: * Full Text Available to view online via the University of Adelaide library (e-books).

    The prescribed texts are integral to the course and may be purchased from all or some of the following outlets:

    Unibooks
    The University of Adelaide, Adelaide SA 5005
    Phone:    +61 8 8125 5160
    Email:    adelaide@unibooks.com.au
    Website:    www.unibooks.com.au

    Ramsay – Medical books and more
    Located at Unibooks Adelaide Store
    Gate 10 (off Victoria Drive), Union Building, Adelaide SA 5000
    Phone:    +61 8 8125 5195 or 1300 796 106
    Fax:    +61 8 8231 2069
    Email:    sales@ramsaybooks.com.au
    Website:    www.ramsaybooks.com.au

    Encompass Bookshop Shop
    20, Renaissance Arcade,128 Rundle Mall,Adelaide SA 5000
    Phone:     08 8224 0886
    Fax:     08 8223 3570
    Email:    adelaide@encompassbooks.com.au
    Website: www.encompassbooks.com.au
    Recommended Resources
    The readings for this course are available electronically via MyUni.

    Please note: it is your responsibility to organise printing should you prefer a hard copy of the readings.
    Online Learning

  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    This course will be taught through the Flexible Delivery Mode. Students will undertake weekly readings and case-based learning activities each week outlined in the study guide. In addition to there will be two workshops of four hours duration conducted on campus and made available to all students online.
    Workload

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    This course is delivered through flexible delivery mode. Students are expected to undertake readings and case-based learning activities each week outlined in the study guide. In addition, there will be two workshops conducted on campus. Keep this in mind; this is a 3-unit course so you should be expecting to spend at least 12 hours a week on readings and completing the assignments.
    Learning Activities Summary
    The course content will include the following:

    1. Inflammation and atherosclerosis

    2. Coronary heart disease risk factors

    3. Smoking

    4. Dyslipidaemia

    5. Hypertension

    6. Obesity, diabetes and metabolic syndrome

    7. Exercise and activity

    8. Chronic kidney disease

    9. Emerging cardiovascular risk factors

    10. Impact of stress, depression, and social isolation on coronary heart disease

    11. Impact of aging on cardiovascular function

    12. Ethnic and racial differences in coronary artery disease focusing on indigenous health issues

    13. Global issues in cardiovascular health

    14. Adherence to cardiovascular treatment regimes

    15. Predicting and assessing risk in asymptomatic individuals

    16. Cardiac investigations: EST, stress echocardiography, perfusion scans, cardiac CT & MRI, echocardiography

    17. Cardiac rehabilitation

    18. Patient education & counselling.
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment Task Assessment Type Weighting Learning Outcome(s) being addressed
    Portfolio part A Formative NGP 1-3, 8
    Portfolio part B Summative 25% 1-3, 8
    Portfolio part C Summative 35% 1-8
    Presentation Summative 40% 1, 2, 7, 8
    Assessment Detail
    Students must pass all components of assessment in order to successfully complete the course, with the exception of the formative assessments.

    Portfolio Part A (150 words) Due: Week 2. Complete the learning activity in week 1 and develop a portfolio consisting of your responses to those activities/discussion points. The assessment is scheduled early in the semester to assist students with the planning and development of the presentation, to ensure that appropriate resources are used, and that referencing complies with the Disciplines Handbook and Style Guide.

    Portfolio Part B (600 words) Due: Week 6. Complete the learning activities each week and develop a portfolio consisting of your responses to those activities/discussion points.
    Note: To assist you with this assignment, I suggest that you begin to develop your portfolio at the beginning of the course and complete each activity/discussion point every week.

    Portfolio Part C (1050 words) Due: Swot Week. Complete the learning activities each week and develop a portfolio consisting of your responses to those activities/discussion points.
    Note: To assist you with this assignment, I suggest that you begin to develop your portfolio at the beginning of the course and complete each activity/discussion point every week.

    Presentation (15 mins – 2000 word equivalent) Due: Week 13. In this assignment, you are required to prepare a
    presentation with the aim of convincing an audience to incorporate one ‘emerging risk factor’ into the ‘Australian absolute cardiovascular disease risk calculator’ with a view to improving global risk assessment of cardiovascular disease.
    Submission
    Assessment Submission
    Assessments, unless otherwise stated in your Study guide, are to be submitted electronically via Assignments in MyUni on the due date identified in this Study guide. Instructions for assignment submission are available for all students under Tutorials at www.adelaide.edu.au/myuni/. Formatting and presentation of assignments must comply with School policy as indicated in the School Academic Manual.

    An assessment submitted via MyUni must be submitted as a .doc, .docx or .rtf file (or unless otherwise specified, i.e. PowerPoint). It is also important to submit your file under your surname and id number, such as surnamestudentid (i.e. knight1234567). MyUni stamps all the other details against your filename once you submit your assessment.

    Your assessment must include an Assignment Coversheet. Your assignment should be submitted as one file, with the coversheet being the first page. A word version and rich text format of the Assignment Coversheet is available to download at http://health.adelaide.edu.au/nursing/current-students/. The Plagiarism Statement must be signed and dated for your assessment to be marked (signature is not required for electronic submission). More information on avoiding Plagiarism is available at www.adelaide.edu.au/writingcentre/plagiarism/.

    If you have difficulty submitting your assignment, you can call the MyUni helpdesk Monday to Friday (8am to 6pm) on 08 8313 3335.

    Extension of time for assessment items
    It is expected that all assessments will be submitted on or by the specified due date. However, as determined in the University Modified Arrangements for Coursework Assessment Policy, it is acknowledged that students may be academically disadvantaged when special needs or unforeseen circumstances impair their ability to complete assessment tasks by or on the specified due date.
    Students may apply for an extension of time to submit an assessment if they are experiencing difficulty. Applications for extension must be made via the online form on the School of Nursing website http://health.adelaide.edu.au/nursing/current-students/ (under Forms and Policies). Applications for extensions of time must be completed on or by the specified due date and applications after the specified due date must apply under the Resubmitting failed assessments policy. The grounds for granting an extension include medical, compassionate and other extenuating circumstances.

    Upon completion of the online form, you will receive an automatic receipt to your student email of your extension request. Extensions for 1-7 days are automatically granted and you will only be emailed if there is a discrepancy in your application. Extensions will usually only be granted for a maximum of one week, but can be longer at the discretion of the Course Coordinator if substantiated with evidence such as a medical certificate. Extensions greater than one week sought under extenuating circumstances also require evidence such as a statutory declaration and will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

    If you are requesting an extension longer than 7 days this will be reviewed with the supporting documentation supplied; and you will be notified via your student email account of the outcome. Please check your student email regularly as this is how you will be notified if there are any issues with your extension request.

    You must complete the online form for each assessment that you request an extension for.
    Failure to submit an assessment item on time without an approved extension will incur a penalty as detailed under the Late submission of workpolicy. After which, the Resubmitting failed assessments will apply.

    Late submission of work
    All assessments should be submitted by the specified due date.
    Late submission without an approved extension will be penalised at the rate of 10% of available marks for each day after the due date. Work submitted more than ten days after the due date may be returned unmarked. This action will be taken to prevent students who do get their work in on time being disadvantaged.
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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    SELTs are an important source of information to inform individual teaching practice, decisions about teaching duties, and course and program curriculum design. They enable the University to assess how effectively its learning environments and teaching practices facilitate student engagement and learning outcomes. Under the current SELT Policy (http://www.adelaide.edu.au/policies/101/) course SELTs are mandated and must be conducted at the conclusion of each term/semester/trimester for every course offering. Feedback on issues raised through course SELT surveys is made available to enrolled students through various resources (e.g. MyUni). In addition aggregated course SELT data is available.

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