NURSING 7121 - Heart Failure Management

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2014

This course will assist health professionals to develop a comprehensive understanding of the current practice and principles underlying care and management of patients with chronic heart failure in the hospital outpatient and community care setting. This will include: techniques in advanced assessment; review of diagnostic investigations; current management principles for chronic heart failure, including the use of pharmacological agents; devices and non-pharmacological strategies; principles of managing common co-morbidities and risk factors; and methods of evaluating the effectiveness of heart failure management from the individual to the program.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code NURSING 7121
    Course Heart Failure Management
    Coordinating Unit School of Nursing
    Term Semester 2
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Flexible delivery mode
    Restrictions Available to M.NursSc students only
    Course Description This course will assist health professionals to develop a comprehensive understanding of the current practice and principles underlying care and management of patients with chronic heart failure in the hospital outpatient and community care setting. This will include: techniques in advanced assessment; review of diagnostic investigations; current management principles for chronic heart failure, including the use of pharmacological agents; devices and non-pharmacological strategies; principles of managing common co-morbidities and risk factors; and methods of evaluating the effectiveness of heart failure management from the individual to the program.
    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 Explain the aetiology, pathophysiology, assessment, and management of heart failure and its comorbidities
    2 Explain the benefits, and components of a successful heart failure management program.
    3 Explain and demonstrate the components of optimal patient teaching and counselling strategies
    4 Discuss the barriers to a successful heart failure management program
    5 Reflect upon the ethical implications of disease and its management
    6 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. 1-5
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 6
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 4, 6
    Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 2-3
    A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 2-4
    A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 6
    A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 1-6
    An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 5
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Prescribed texts
    Abraham, WT & Krum, IH 2007, Heart failure: a practical approach to treatment, McGraw Hill, New York.

    Opie, LH & Gersh, BJ 2005, Drugs for the heart, 6th edn, Elsevier Saunders, Philadelphia.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    This course will be delivered 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 is a 3-unit course so you should be expecting to spend at least 12 hours a week on workshops, readings and completing the assignments. Thus some weeks it will be more and others less. It is recommended that you plan your time commitment to the course at the beginning of the semester.
    Learning Activities Summary
    The course content will include the following:

    1. The epidemiology of heart failure
    2. The pathophysiology of heart failure
    3. The assessment of the patient with heart failure
    4. Non-pharmacological treatment of heart failure
    5. Pharmacological treatment of heart failure
    6. Decompensated heart failure
    7. Device therapies for the treatment of heart failure
    8. Surgical treatment for heart failure
    9. Referral of patients with heart failure to transplantation
    10. Comorbiditeis and heart failure
    11. Integrating inpatient and outpatient heart failure management
    12. Outpatient management of heart failure
    13. Patient education and counselling
    14. Adherence to cardiovascular treatment regimes
  • 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 1-6
    Portfolio part B Summative 25% 1-6
    Portfolio part C Summative 25% 1-6
    Case study outline & search strategy Formative 10% 1, 6
    Case study Summative 40% 1, 6
    Assessment Detail
    Portfolio Part A (150 words) – (NGP): Due: Week 2. Students will undertake weekly readings and case-based learning activities. The assessment is scheduled early in the semester to ensure that appropriate resources are used, and that referencing complies with the Disciplines Handbook and Style Guide.

    Portfolios Part B (800 words) – (25%) – Due: Week 7.
    Portfolio Part C (800 words) − (50%) – Due: Swot Week.
    Students will undertake weekly readings and case-based learning activities.

    Case study outline & search strategy (500 words) − 10% - Due: Week 4. The aim of this assessment is to introduce the topic and provide a justification for the topic; outline the key points and issues to be critiqued; describe the search strategy used to source information; and include a reference list of at least 5 preliminary references. This assessment is scheduled early in the semester to assist students with the planning and development of the case study, to ensure that appropriate resources are used, and that referencing complies with the Disciplines Handbook and Style Guide.

    Case study (1500 words) − 40% - Due: Week 10. The case study is based upon a patient cared for by the student. It explores the pathophysiology, assessment, and management of cardiovascular disease. The most important component of the assessment is the critique of the patient care received.
    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 submission items
    It is expected that all assessments will be submitted on or by the specified due date.

    However, 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/. The grounds for granting an extension include health problems, compassionate reasons and other extenuating circumstances. Extensions will usually only be granted for a maximum of one week, but can be longer at the discretion of the Chairperson of the Postgraduate Learning and Teaching Sub-Committee or Head of Learning and Teaching if substantiated with evidence such as a medical certificate.

    Upon completion of the online form, you will receive a receipt to your student email of your approved extension. If your extension is granted, then it is your responsibility to keep in contact with the course coordinator and to submit the assessment with evidence of your approved extension.

    You must complete this online form for each course and 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 Late Submission of Work.

    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.

    Word limit
    You are advised to comply with word limits. You are, of course, not expected to achieve exactly the required length and a 10% leeway on either side is acceptable. However, a penalty of 5% of available marks will apply for word limit in excess of the 10% leeway.

    Presentation
    Your written work must comply with the formatting and referencing indicated in the School Academic Manual. Marks will be lost for failing to do so.

    Return of assessments
    Marked assignments and feedback will be returned via MyUni. For further information relating to assessment refer to the Assessment for Coursework Programs Policy.

    Requesting a remark
    Any student who, after discussion of the result with the course coordinator, is still dissatisfied with the final grade awarded for a course, and who has specific grounds for objecting to the grade, may lodge a written request for a review of the result or an independent second assessment with the Head of School within 10 University business days from the date of notification of the result. Such a written request must contain details of the grounds on which the objection is based. Requests must include a summary of the reasons the student believes his or her assessment work deserves a higher grade. These reasons must be directly related to the academic quality of the work. Re-marks, for example, will not be granted where the grounds are that the student has paid tuition fees or incurred liability under HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP, or needs one or two additional marks to get a higher overall grade for the course. The Head of Learning and Teaching may seek the advice of the Postgraduate Learning and Teaching Sub-Committee, and will make a determination on review or second assessment, and inform the student of his or her decision in writing.

    The grade awarded to a piece of work following review or second assessment as provided for in this policy or as a consequence of appeal to the Student Appeals Committee will usually stand as the final grade for the work, regardless of whether it is higher or lower than the grade originally awarded.

    Further guidelines and policies regarding examinations may be found on the examinations website www.adelaide.edu.au/student/exams/rules_policies.html.

    Resubmitting failed assignments
    In accordance with University Policy, the guidelines and conditions regarding resubmission are stated below. It should be noted that these guidelines concern work that has been assessed as ‘FAIL’.
    Course coordinators, in consultation with Head of Learning & Teaching and/or the Pre-Registration or Postgraduate Learning and Teaching Sub-Committee Chairperson, are responsible for determining the circumstances in which students may resubmit assessment tasks. In determining these circumstances, the following are considered.
    a) Students may only resubmit their work when:
    i ) It will allow them to demonstrate that they have understood feedback on their work; and/or
    ii) They might otherwise be at risk of failing the course; and/or
    iii) When they have received a Fail grade with an underlying mark of 45-49%; or
    iv) The final assessment task in the course is weighted at 20% or more of the total course assessment.
    b) In granting a resubmission, the deadline will be negotiated.
    c) The resubmitted work will be awarded no more than the minimum pass mark (i.e. 50%).
    d) If the resubmitted work does not achieve a pass, it cannot be submitted a third time, and a fail will be recorded.
    e) Students who accept an offer of resubmission must take into account the possible implications, such as eligibility for graduation should the reassessment not be able to be completed in time for their preferred ceremony.
    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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