NURSING 1005 - Biology for Nursing Practice

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2024

Biology for Nursing Practice provides a significant depth and detail to the anatomical and physiological knowledge base for beginning level nursing students. The course provides a systematic approach to cell; tissue and organ function and provides working examples of how nurses use biology to inform practice. The use of `real life' examples will encourage students to reflect on their own clinical placement experiences to ensure that biological concepts become integrated knowledge. The base of knowledge provided by this course will encourage students to adopt an attitude to incorporating scientific concepts throughout their nursing career and especially in relation to the nursing assessment.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code NURSING 1005
    Course Biology for Nursing Practice
    Coordinating Unit Medical Sciences
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 5 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Restrictions Bachelor of Nursing
    Course Description Biology for Nursing Practice provides a significant depth and detail to the anatomical and physiological knowledge base for beginning level nursing students. The course provides a systematic approach to cell; tissue and organ function and provides working examples of how nurses use biology to inform practice. The use of `real life' examples will encourage students to reflect on their own clinical placement experiences to ensure that biological concepts become integrated knowledge. The base of knowledge provided by this course will encourage students to adopt an attitude to incorporating scientific concepts throughout their nursing career and especially in relation to the nursing assessment.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Nicola Eastaff-Leung

    Place BfNP in subject heading

    Email BOTH coordinators
    Coordinator: Dr Tania Crotti

    Course Coordinator: Dr Stephanie Plummer

    Course Timetable

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

    Full information is located in MyUni.
  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

    1 Demonstrate a basic level of knowledge of the structure of the human body at both the microscopic and macroscopic levels of organisation.
    2 Relate the structures of cells, tissues and organs to their functions and the functions of systems of the human body.
    3 Identify mechanisms that regulate bodily activities and maintain homeostasis within an individual.
    4 Recognise how alternations in cells, tissues and organs to their functions may lead to common health-related scenarios.
    5 Gain an understanding of how anatomy and physiology influence all aspects of nursing practice.
    6 Relate nursing assessment practices to structural anatomy and physiology.
    7 Begin to organise a systems approach to describing anatomy and physiology in the clinical setting.
    8 Construct a working glossary of physiological terms and principles.
    9 Identify and critically evaluate, organise, synthesise and communicate scientific information in written and oral form.
    10 Work and communicate cooperatively and effectively with staff and peers to gain a deeper understanding.
    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)

    Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth

    Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.


    Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving

    Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.

    2-7, 9

    Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills

    Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.

    9, 10

    Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness

    Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.

    9, 10

    Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency

    Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.

    9, 10

    Attribute 6: Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competency

    Graduates have an understanding of, and respect for, Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander values, culture and knowledge.


    Attribute 7: Digital capabilities

    Graduates are well prepared for living, learning and working in a digital society.


    Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.

    9, 10
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    There are no resources required for this course. Please see the below recommended resources

    Recommended Resources
    Recommended textbook: 

    Van Putte, Regan and Russo (2022).  Seeleys Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology. Eleventh edition. McGraw Hill. NY

    The above textbook is available as an Ebook via The University of Adelaide Library. Previous editions are suitable resources for this course.

    Free online textbooks are also available online
    Online Learning
    The online delivery of lectures in MyUni offers flexibility and enables students to study at their own pace. However, due to the asynchronous nature of the course, it is highly recommended that students are actively participating in course material on a weekly basis so as not to fall behind in course work.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes

    Face to face. Face to face lectures offer synchronous learning opportunities and enable students to quickly clarify complex descriptions and terminology. Much of the content for this course is supported by textbooks with web page and e-learning supports (e.g. flash cards for revision). The School of Nursing supports the audio and video capture of lecture content as an aid to revision.

    Tutorial sessions –
    tutorial sessions enable small group discussion and peer interaction around the content. Each tutorial session will focus on the lecture content for the week. Please do pre-tutorial activities to prepare.
    Where possible tutorials will be scheduled to cover the previous weeks topics.

    Discussion board –
    discussion boards will provide an interactive portal for students to post questions that may be of common interest to the group.  This enables teachers into the course as well as students the opportunity to respond to queries in an open forum.

    Articulate presentations – the School of Nursing has a licence for the Articulate e-learning authoring software program and has a number of staff that are expert in its use. The advantage to the student is the freedom to progress through content at their own pace while receiving in time support for their learning. This is particularly helpful for the nature of the content which will be available for revision across the semester. The School of Nursing has a purpose built e-learning room with dedicated PC access to training support software.

    LAMS presentations for selected topics – LAMS (learning activity management system) provides a simple learning design tool that encourages student interaction and engagement with a diverse range of material. The visual interface allows the lecturer to author individual and group assignments. LAMS allow the student freedom to progress at their own pace and to easily review content they are uncertain of. LAMS offer lecturing staff a novel and innovative way to present content that often resists transition from text book to engagement.

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

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

    The workload for this course involves attendance at:
    • 3 x 1 hour lecture / week (NB the weeks prior to clinical placement have lectures scheduled Mondays as well as Fridays to compensate)
    • 1 x 1 hour tutorial / week (sign up to one of 4 tutorial groups, NB the weeks prior to clinical placemtn have an additional tutorial to compensate)

    In addition it is expected that students will spend an additional 6 hours per week for assessment and tutorial preparation.

    Biology for Nursing Practice topics are covered in lectures and tutorials.
    The general format taken for the semester is three 50 minute face-face/lecture sessions and one 50 minute tutorial each week.
    There may be some variation of this format and venues throughout the
    Please ensure that you consult the course timetable and check MyUni for announcements of any last-minute changes

    All classes start at 10 minutes after the hour, and end on the hour.

    Sessions / Lectures

    Each topic will be delivered through a series of face-face sessions / lectures as listed in this course outline.


    Tutorials will be conducted in addition to lectures. Please note attendance at tutorials is not compulsory as it is to encourage attendance of those that wish to engage and make the most of the opportunity to learn and engage.  However, we know that tutorial attendance correlates with an improved performance in the course. We urge all students to attend the tutorials in order to keep on track of the course content throughout the semester.

    Learning Activities Summary

    An up-to-date timetable of course activities will be available to you in MyUni. You will be notified of any changes to the timetable in your announcements. 

    This course is organised so we cover one organ system per week. A timetable for specific systems and topics covered will be posted in MyUni
    Body systems covered include but are not restricted to skin, musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, respiratory, gastrointestinal and reproductive.

    Your tutorials will support the lecture material and support your assessments. 

    Specific Course Requirements
    There are no specific course requirements however we strongly encourage enrolment in the Human Biology Explained EdX course for students who have not done year 12 Biology or similar or for whom they feel revision is needed.
  • 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
    Item No.  Assessment Task Weighting
    1 Online Concept Check Quizzes x 3 (2 x 10% and 1 x formative) 20%
    2 Group project check point 10%
    3 Final group project 20%
    4 Active tutorial participation 10%
    5 Mid-semester test 20%
    6 End of semester exam 20%
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Details of assessment items will be found on the MyUni course pages and will be further discussed in class.
    Assessment Detail
    Assessment 1: formative TEST

    Weighting:           0%  (Formative)
    Description:       Practise test using sheets formatted as per exam. 

    Assessment 2: TESTs 1, 2 & 3
    Weighting:          30% (10% each)

    Description:       20-30 MCQs/Matching/Ordering questions to test work undertaken in previous weeks.

    Submission of tests is compulsory.  If you miss a test for legitimate reasons (ie medical grounds) there WILL NOT be any opportunity
    to re-sit the test.  However, it will mean that your next text will be worth 20%. 
    If you fail to submit the test and do not have any medical documentation then you will receive 0 for the missed test.

    Marking Guide:  Your grade will be provided to you upon completion of the assignment via grade centre.

    Assessment 3: Essay
    Description:  This is to be worked on as a group to encourage group coordination, broad researching of information and time management.
    This will assess students’ abilities to research and undertake high quality research on a topic related to Biology for Nursing Practice.
    The underlying rationale behind this assessment task is to enable you to present health information to the wider public in a clear, concise and focused message instructions.

    How to sign up to a group?

    Each class member will be asked to sign up to an essay topic via the My Uni web pageTo join an essay, select Groups from the list on the left hand side of the Biology for Nursing Practice My Uni site, then select “view signup sheet to join a group” and then read the list of essay topics.
    You will be able to communicate to your group through CANVAS
    When you have made your selection you click the “sign up” button under the topic.
    Once you have done this it is final and cannot be changed. Please do not ask to change topics through the semester as the answer will be NO.
    The essay is worth 20% of the final grade for Biology for Nursing Practice.  Students have most of semester to research and collate their material and write the essay. It is therefore expected that the reviews will be of a high standard.

    Essay Format and Instructions

    • The maximum length for the essay is 1000 words not including images and referencing.
    • Please use Calibri Size 12 font and use double spacing throughout your essay.
    • Essays should be named as follows
    •   Surname_Essay_Topic_1_2016 and submitted through Turn-it-in.
    •   Please ensure that you use appropriate and correct use of references. If in doubt please check. As a general rule basic websites such
    • as are not good references for university essays
    •  Do not use footnotes
    Please download and use the Endnote referencing program which is available through the university website.

    Marking Guide:

    Each essay will be marked by an experienced academic according to the following marking guide. When writing your essay please make sure that you carefully check this guide to ensure your essay meets the criteria.

    Introduction to topic (/20):
    This will give the reader a brief introduction to the topic/condition. An explanation about what the topic/condition is and why it is important should be included. You may need to point out a range of possible pathologies, causes, factorsidentify in the introduction but then highlight which of these you will be focussing on in the body of the essay.

    Anatomical Basis and Function (/60): This will give the reader an understanding of the underlying anatomical/histological basis and how this relates to the function of your topic/condition. You may also choose to use a pathology to illustrate dysregulation.

    Referencing (/10): You mustinclude a complete list of all resources used in your essay.  Please reference each major point in the
    reference list; ideally these will include peer-review articles listed onPubmed/Google Scholar. Referencing style is to be Author/Date.

    Overall Structure including spelling and grammar (/10): please ensure that your essay is free from spelling and grammatical errors and the word limit is adhered to. Please also ensure that you follow the instructions regarding font and line spacing

    Assessment 4: End of Semester Examination
    Due Date:             During the official University Examination Period.
    Please refer to the specific note about exam attendance on the next page
    Weighting:           50%

     Description:       The end of semester written examination is aimed at determining student understanding of the principles and core coursematerial that has been presented during the semester. The exam will be entirely multiple choice questions and
    will consist of 150 individual questions. The time allocated will be 190 minutes (which includes reading time) but many students should be able to complete the exam in less than this. The additional time is provided to enable students to carefully check their answers. Ensure the answer sheet is filled in correctly as the answers will be scanned and read by a computer.

    Attendance at examinations

    The end of semester examinations, including the replacement/additional assessments will be held during the official University Examinations Period. Please log on to the Examinations web page and make a careful note of these dates now.

    Absences (except on certified medical or compassionate grounds) from examinations will mean that you record a FAIL

    Length: 3 hours.

    Unless otherwise indicated all assignments are to be submitted through MyUni.

    Extensions are generally awarded for no more than 10 working days unless there are exceptional circumstances.
    To apply for an Assessment Extension, a student must submit an application for extension form prior to the assessment deadline.
    See the Modified Arrangements for Coursework Assessment Policy
    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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