NURSING 1005 - Biology for Nursing Practice

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2014

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 School of Nursing
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 5 hours per week
    Restrictions Available to B.Nurs students only
    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: Professor Rachel Gibson

    Course Coordinator: Dr Tania Crotti
    Phone: +61 8 8313 5986
    Fax: +61 8 8313 3594
    Email: tania.crotti@adelaide.edu.au
    Location: Room 308a, Medical School North

    Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Rachel Gibson
    Phone: +61 8 8313 1023
    Fax: +61 8 8313 3594
    Email: rachel.gibson@adelaide.edu.au
    Location: Room N332a, Medical School North

    Tutor: Dr Mario Ricci
    Phone: +61 8 8313 6294
    Email: mario.ricci@adelaide.edu.au
    Location: Room N117, Medical School North

    Tutor: Dr Eleanor Peirce
    Phone: +61 8 8313 5191
    Email: eleanor.peirce@adelaide.edu.au
    Location: Room N131b, Medical School North

    Tutor: Dr Renee Turner
    Phone: +61 8 8313 3114
    Email: renee.turner@adelaide.edu.au
    Location: Room S524, Medical School South
    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1 Students will investigate the relationships between normal structure and function in human cells, tissues and organs,
    2 Identify mechanisms that regulate bodily activities and maintain homeostasis within an individual.
    3 Recognise alternations in gross anatomy and suggest how this may impact lifestyle
    4 To gain an understanding of how anatomy and physiology influence all aspects of nursing practice
    5 Students will construct a working glossary of physiological terms and principles
    6 Demonstrate a basic level of knowledge of the structure of the human body at both the microscopic and macroscopic levels of organisation.
    7 Demonstrate an understanding that structure and function are interrelated, and be able to provide specific examples of such interrelationships from within the human body.
    8 Correlate specific structural features of cells, tissues, organs and systems of the human body with their normal functions, and appreciate that alterations to structure affect function.
    9 Relate nursing assessment practices to structural anatomy and physiology
    10 Apply their knowledge of the human body in the interpretation of common health-related scenarios encountered in day-to-day living
    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. 1-10
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 2, 5, 8, 9
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 9-10
    Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 10
    A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 7, 9
    A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 9
    A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 3-4
    An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. N/A
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Prescribed Texts

    Martini, Ober and Nath, 2011, Visual Anatomy & Physiology, Pearson.

    This text book is 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
    Online Learning
    This course will provide an online learning environment and all material will be provided to students through the University of Adelaide’s online management system MyUni. In particular students will undertake online learning using the Articulate Storyline Software, complete online assignments through MyUni, submit assignments online, and participate in discussion boards and blogs. Links will be provided throughout the semester. The plagiarism software TurnItin will be used throughout courses within the Bachelor of Nursing
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    TEACHING & LEARNING 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.

    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. For example the interaction between cardiac and respiratory systems lends itself to a LAMS style presentation.

    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.

    Discussion board –
    discussion boards will provide an interactive portal for students to post questions that may be of common interest to the group.
    Workload

    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 requires attendance at:
    • 3 x 1 hour lecture / week
    • 1 x 2 hour tutorial / week
    In addition it is expected that students will spend an additional 6 hours per week for assessment and tutorial preparation.
    Learning Activities Summary

    The tables below indicate the lecture and tutorial outlines for Biology for Nursing Practice. A body systems approach is taken. Please refer to the timetable above for details on class and time. Other tutorials may be provided as required.

     

    Biology for Nursing Practice

    Lecture series

    1.        The relevance of anatomy and physiology for nursing

    2.        Cellular level of organisation: nucleus and DNA

    3.        Cellular level of organisation: cytoplasm

    4.        Tissue level of organisation

    5.        Skeletal system 1: bones and the skeleton

    6.        Skeletal system 2: bone growth and remodelling

    7.        Muscle tissue and contraction

    8.        Nervous system 1: neurons and supporting cells and basic brain structure

    9.        Nervous system 2: brain structure and function

    10.     Nervous system 3: action potentials and neuronal transmission

    11.     Nervous system 4: neurotransmission

    12.     Nervous system 5: special sensors

    13.     Endocrine system 1: hormones and actions

    14.     Endocrine system 2: organs

    15.     Circulatory system 1: blood

    16.     Circulatory system 2: heart

    17.     Circulatory system 3: conduction system

    18.     Circulatory system 4 : blood vessels

    19.     Circulatory system 5 : haemodynamics and homeostasis

    20.     Respiratory system 1: anatomy

    21.     Respiratory system 2: mechanism of ventilation

    22.     Digestive system 1: Wall plan of the intestines 

    23.     Digestive system 2: stomach, small and large intestines

    24.     Digestive system 3: structure and function of accessory organs

    25.     Urinary system 1: anatomy

    26.     Urinary system 2: urine formation

    27.     Urinary system 3: fluid, electrolyte and acid-balance

    28.     Reproduction 1: male reproductive system

    29.     Reproduction 2: female reproductive system

    30.     Reproduction 3: contraception

    Tutorial series

    1.     Applying an understanding of anatomy and physiology to the nursing assessment process

    2.     Cells and tissues

    3.     Skeletal system

    4.     Nervous system

    5.     Endocrine system

    6.     Circulatory system 1: Blood

    7.     Circulatory system 2: Heart

    8.     Respiratory system

    9.     Digestive System

    10.  Urinary System

    11.  Reproduction

    Interactive Discussion Board

    Available for all student questions and tutor answers

    Small Group Discovery Experience
    The SGDE for 1st year students is addressed in Health Assessment and Clinical Nursing 1
  • 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
    Online assessment 1 Formative N/A 1-5
    Online assessment 2 Summative 30% 1-5
    Individual Essay Summative 20% 8-10
    End of semester exam Summative 50% 1-10
    Assessment Detail
    Online Assessment 1 through MyUni

    Due Date: Available 9am Monday 7th April 2014; Due 5pm Wednesday 9th April 2014

    Topic: this online assignment will be a series of Multiple Choice, Matching, and Fill in the Blank questions examining the following topic material: Cells and Tissues (A/Prof Rachel Gibson); Skeletal System (Dr Tania Crotti); Muscles (Dr Mario Ricci); Nervous System (Dr Renee Turner); Endocrine System (Dr Tania Crotti).

    Marking Guide: These assignments are marked online through MyUni and your grade will be provided to you upon completion of the assignment.



    Online Assessment 2 through MyUni

    Due Date: Available 9am Monday 12th May 2014; Due 5pm Wednesday 14th May 2014

    Topic: this online assignment will be a series of Multiple Choice, Matching, and Fill in the Blank questions examining the following topic material: Circulatory System (Dr Eleanor Peirce); Respiratory System (Dr Eleanor Peirce); Digestive System (A/Prof Rachel Gibson).

    Marking Guide: These assignments are marked online through MyUni and your grade will be provided to you upon completion of the assignment.



    Assessment 3: Individual Essay

    Due Date: 5pm Wednesday 28th May 2014

    Length: 1000 words

    Topic: Each class member will be asked to sign up to an essay topic via the MyUni web page during the first week of semester 1 2014. To join an essay, select Groups from the list on the left hand side of the Biology for Nursing Practice MyUni site, then select “view signup sheet to join a group” and then read the list of essay topics from 1-10. Once 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. The essay is worth 30% of the final grade for Biology for Nursing Practice and you have the semester to complete this essay; therefore we expect a high quality.

    Marking Guide:

    • Essay format and Instructions: The maximum length for the essay is 1000 words not including images and referencing. Please use Times New Roman size 12 font and use double spacing throughout your assignment. Essays should be names as follows: Gibson_Essay_Topic_1_2014 and submitted through Turnitin.
    • 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
    • Anatomical basis and function (60%): This will give the reader and 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 must include a complete list of all resources used in your essay. There should be at least 3 references in the reference list; ideally these will include peer-review articles listed on Pubmed/Google Scholar. We prefer Numbered Referencing
    • 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.



    Assessment 4: End of Semester Examination

    Due Date: During the semester 1 official University Examination Period.

    Topic: The end of semester examination will be entirely multiple choice questions and will examine all material presented during the course:
    • Cells and Tissues: A/Prof Rachel Gibson
    • Skeletal System: Dr Tania Crotti
    • Muscles: Dr Mario Ricci
    • Nervous System: Dr Renee Turner
    • Endocrine System: Dr Tania Crotti
    • Circulatory System: Dr Eleanor Peirce
    • Respiratory System: Dr Eleanor Peirce
    • Digestive System: A/Prof Rachel Gibson
    • Urinary System: Dr Mario Ricci
    • Reproductive System: Dr Mario Ricci
    • Contraception: Dr Tania Crotti and A/Prof Rachel Gibson

    Length: 3 hours.
    Submission
    Unless otherwise indicated all submission of assignments is to be through the assignments portal of MyUni. Students MUST keep an electronic copy of all assignments submitted. Cover sheets are required for all assignments and can be accessed from the School of Nursing website. Due to the nature of the online assessments for this course extension of time for submission of assignments is subject to negotiation with the course coordinators (Dr Tania Crotti and A/Prof Rachel Gibson). Requests must be made before the due date of the assignment. In principle, all assignments should be submitted by the due date. However, an extension may be granted if the request is made before the due date and the usual administration procedures are followed. Late submission without an approved extension will be penalised at the rate of 10% of available marks for each working day after the due date. Work submitted more than ten days after the due date will be returned unmarked. This action will be taken to prevent students who do get their work in on time being disadvantaged.

    Whenever possible staff will turn around marked assignments within 4 weeks or earlier.
    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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    Students are to ensure they are familiar with the contents of the 2014 School of Nursing Student Handbook and Style Guide. A PDF of this document is available through MyUni.
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